Before the Storm
You must plan ahead in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. Students and their families should develop their own personal emergency plans in the event the Cayman Islands is threatened by a storm. These plans at a minimum should address the following:
Students must develop a plan on where they will go if an evacuation is ordered. When an evacuation is ordered, students must immediately take action. All classes/events will be canceled when an evacuation order is issued and The University will provide as much notice as possible to allow students to implement their evacuation plans. Additionally, The University will provide the following services to assist students during this time:
- Ongoing communications regarding actions being taken be the University and recommendations for protective actions to be taken by students.
During the Storm
It is essential that all students stay indoors throughout the entire storm. Do not go outside until given the ALL CLEAR from University or Country officials. During the peak of the storm for maximum protection, it is suggested that students, get away from windows, close room/ bedroom doors and remain in hallways, bathrooms and/or living rooms. Do not attempt to open windows or doors to see what is happening outside. Wind currents are especially strong near high-rise buildings. Keep in mind that everything is calm when the eye of the storm passes overhead. Do not venture outside, as the second half of the storm will follow shortly.
During the storm, a “state of emergency” exists. As a result, alcoholic beverages or other substances that impair judgment are prohibited.
After the Storm
In the immediate aftermath of a storm, communications may be severely disrupted. Check the Emergency Preparedness Website at www.caymanprepared.ky or www.ucci.edu.ky/hurricane-prepared for the latest information. All students should also immediately attempt to contact family and friends by any available means (telephone, text, email, social media, etc) and let them know they are ok.
If the University was ordered to evacuate, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO CAMPUS until instructed to do so via the UCCI Website.