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Hurricane Safety Information for Off-Campus Students

Updated: Sunday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.

In preparation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy expected later today, the University of New Haven has cancelled all classes and events for Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30.  The following is information to help you prepare for the storm.   

Preparation Before the Hurricane Strikes 

  1. All furniture, including beds, should be pulled away from the windows. Belongings should be placed off the floor, preferably in a closet.
  2. Since the floors can get wet, all articles such as shoes, rugs, clothes bags, suitcases, etc., should be placed on closet shelves or in dresser drawers. Ground floor residents should put all belongings off the floor and be prepared to evacuate upstairs in the event of flooding.
  3. All loose objects should be placed in drawers or closets. Paper, books, etc., should not be left on tops of desks or dressers.
  4. Valuables should be placed in safekeeping. The closets and drawers should be closed throughout the hurricane. All doors should be locked when the occupants are not in the room or apartment.
  5. Clean and fill wastebaskets with water. If the hurricane is a serious storm, our water supply may be cut off. If this were the case, the water stored would be needed for washing and flushing toilets. Fill several smaller containers with water for drinking purposes. Refrigerators should be turned to the coldest setting.
  6. All windows must be closed tightly and locked if possible. All window blinds should be closed.
  7. Any student who owns a car should see that the emergency brake is set and in reverse gear (standard transmission) or park. All windows should be closed and the car locked. Be sure to fill up your tank with fuel prior to the storm, as it may be several days before local gas stations have power to run their pumps.
  8. Each student should provide their own flashlight in case of power failure. DO NOT USE CANDLES OR OTHER FLAME-TYPE LIGHTING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES; FIRE CANNOT BE RESPONDED TO DURING A HURRICANE. Use battery-powered lighting only!
  9. Students should gather their own snack items, such as crackers, cookies, etc. Do not cook with charcoal or flames indoors as poisonous fumes are released and could be lethal in a confined area.
  10. Think about withdrawing an appropriate amount of cash from an ATM machine.  Following the storm, power outages may make it difficult to obtain cash, and credit/debit systems at retailers may not be functional.
  11. Keep your mobile phone fully charged at all times.  When using your phone, consider text messages instead of calling to preserve battery life.
  12. Make sure your car is not parked in a low lying area.


Check with your local police department for local sheltering information or dial 211.  The University currently does not have a shelter in operation.

For West Haven residents, the City will open a shelter at the Carrigan School on Tetlow Street , located off the Boston Post Road, effective 4:00 pm today.   Anyone seeking shelter should bring all necessary personal needs and medications for the next four days. If you have pets you may bring them to the shelter however you must bring food, a leash, medications and a cage or travel kennel.

Procedures During the Hurricane

  1. It is essential that everyone stay indoors throughout the entire hurricane. If you are not familiar with a hurricane, be aware that there is always a lull in the storm when the eye passes through the area. Once the eye passes through, the storm begins again, but from the opposite direction. For your protection, stay INDOORS!
  2. Students should plan to be in the interior areas of their living unit and remain away from danger areas, such as any glass windows and/or doors, for many hours.
  3. In the event of power failure, there will be no elevator service. Do not attempt to travel between floors.
  4. Do not attempt to open windows or doors to see what is happening outside.
  5. Telephone calls should be made only in case of an emergency.
  6. "Hurricane Parties" are only for the movies. Please do not drink alcohol. Everyone needs to think clearly during a hurricane.

If everyone remains calm, stays inside and observes all of the above instructions and precautions, danger will be minimized. For more information and preparation tips, please reference the following resources.   If you need assistance during the storm, call 911 for emergency services.

University of New Haven Webpage:


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Connecticut Department of Emergency Management:

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