During hurricane season, Rice University continually monitors weather patterns in the Gulf of Mexico. If a tropical storm or hurricane warrants closure of the University, the Crisis Management Team will communicate critical information and updates through Rice Alert and email.
Be sure you have five to seven days' worth of food, water and supplies; including prescription medication.
Be sure you have a way to stay informed even if the power goes out, such as a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
Depending on your location and current information, plan to either evacuate or shelter in place. Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations.
Know how to turn off utilities, including electricity, water and gas. Only turn off gas if instructed by local officials or by CenterPoint Energy. For safety tips from CenterPoint Energy, visit houstonemergency.org.
Move vehicles away from floodprone areas, such as neighborhood streets.
Ensure that street drains are clear of debris. Also, secure items that might float away and become lodged in drains.
Cover windows with permanent storm shutters or board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit.
How to Recover
Use generators or gasoline-powered machinery outdoors and away from windows.
Do not use wet electrical equipment or while standing in water to avoid electric shock.
Do not wade in floodwater which can contain contaminants.