The Emergency Weather Management Team closely monitors tropical storms and hurricanes. The communications networks established for Severe Weather are notified in case of evacuation. Each manager oversees preparations in their unit. Key departments have detailed preparedness checklists. Students will not reside on campus in the event of a hurricane. In the event of an evacuation of residential students, Campus Services and Student Services are responsible for communication with students and Duke University (main campus in Durham, NC) to provide essential services (dorms, parking, meals). Communication is maintained with Nicholas School and Duke University Leadership to ensure a smooth residential student transition in the event of an evacuation.
Prior to returning to the Marine Lab after the weather event is no longer a threat, the Marine Lab Director, Crisis Manager, Associate Director, FMD supervisor and Campus Services manager will make an assessment of damages and take steps to mitigate any safety concerns prior to alerting the communications networks as to when the Marine Lab will reopen.
Communications with respect to hurricanes/severe weather will be issued via email prior to a known storm, and updates will be made by general public announcement on Channel 12, on the DUML website and a recorded phone message at 252-504-7500.
Here are a few resources you might find helpful in preparing for a hurricane:
- Planning resources – checklists for before, during and after a hurricane
- Building an emergency kit
The following is a list of items which are performed at the Marine Lab in the event of an imminent hurricane.
- Check the gas supply and availability of extension cords for the Bookhout Research Lab generator.
- Determine the number of students returning to Duke, and contact the DUML evacuation list serv with the number and names of undergraduate students to be housed in Central Campus Apartments. Parking and meals will be arranged for evacuated students. Students will arrive at Central Campus service office, 217 Anderson Drive to receive their housing assignments, keys, parking passes, and meal cards.
- The RA on duty will have a key to access the storage space in the attic of Dorm 5 so students can access any stored luggage.
- Remove small boats and floating research projects from the water and store them safely on shore.
- Check all porches and yard areas for loose items.
- Move all office equipment away from windows.
- Turn off all computers, monitors, printers and UPS battery back ups. Unplug from ac power or, if plugged into a UPS, unplug UPS.
- Lock outside doors to all buildings.
- Gas all vehicles.
- Board up all windows in the Library/Auditorium Building, Maintenance Complex, and the Switch Room.
- The Marine Lab is not responsible for any personal items left on the island.
- The final determination for evacuation will be made by the Director.