CSU Campus News
Being informed is being prepared during hurricane season
University Relations // 08.30.2016
Safety is Priority One at Charleston Southern University and with hurricane and tropical
storm season at its peak, CSU encourages our students to prepare accordingly in the
event of an actual weather emergency.
The first step in being prepared for emergencies is signing up for Buc Alert.
If you are already signed up make sure that your Buc Alert information is up-to-date.
Charleston Southern will relay Buc Alerts emergency information through phone calls,
emails, and text messages using the contact information that you have provided.
When a Tropical Storm or Hurricane is approaching, the university will:
- Monitor the situation with the National Weather Service and local emergency preparedness
- The CSU administration will determine whether there is a campus closure or an evacuation
and when it will occur
- University Relations will communicate news to the campus through the university website, university social
media channels and campuswide emails. Buc Alert will be utilized in emergency situations.
- Student Services will implement evacuation or shelter-in-place for resident students. Student Services
personnel will advise students how to evacuate or to shelter-in-place.
- University departments such as Security, Physical Plant and Dining Services will prepare
in the event Shelter-in-Place is enacted.
How Students Should Prepare for a Tropical Storm or Hurricane:
- Plan for worst-case scenarios, since it is easier to scale back than to scale up in
- Residents, follow all instructions of Res Life staff.
- Backup your computer and ensure that your computer equipment and hardware are as protected
as possible. Protect any other electronic equipment.
- Fully charge your cell phone.
- Have a working flashlight and plenty of backup batteries. No candles are to be used
because of fire hazard.
- Fill your car with gas in case an evacuation order is given.
- In the absence of specific guidance or direction, use common sense and make the most
- Check the university website for up-to-date information.
Know the difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane:
- Tropical Storm: A storm with sustained wind speeds of 34 – 73 mph
- Hurricane: A storm in which sustained winds of 74 mph exist
Depending on incident complexity and severity, every reasonable effort will be made
for decisions to cancel classes, close the campus or evacuate the campus by the CSU
Emergency Operations Center in a timely and safe manner.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
Download a copy of CSU's emergency response plan for additional details. Additional helpful tips and readiness
guidelines are also available at ready.gov/hurricanes.
Charleston Southern is a liberal arts university and is one of South Carolinas largest
accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Recognized as one
of Americas Best Christian Colleges, the Universitys vision is to be a Christian university
nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.