NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY 27 Any RAs present during an emergency will be outside of the residence hall. If you need to communicate with Residential Life staff, contact the RA on duty for your residence hall. Remember, at all times during an emergency or drill, all residents are asked to follow the directions of the Davie Fire Department, Davie Police, Public Safety, or Residential Life staff. Participation in drills may help you protect yourself and fellow residents during an actual emergency. If you have any specific questions or concerns, contact your RA or the Office of Residential Life and Housing. Hurricane and Tropical Storm Procedures Upon announcement by the U.S. Weather Bureau that a hurricane or tropical storm warning status has been declared, the Director of Residential Life and Housing will be notified and will relay weather information to the department staff and residents. If residents are leaving the residence halls prior to a storm, each resident must fill out a housing hurricane release form and drop it off at the office of residential life and housing or your resident assistant. Preparation Before the Hurricane Strikes y y All furniture including beds should be pulled away from the windows. Electronics should be placed off the floor, preferably in the closet. y y Since the floors can get wet, all particles such as shoes, rugs, clothes, bags, suitcases, etc., should be placed on closet shelves or in dresser drawers. y y All loose objects should be placed in drawers or closets. Paper, books, etc., should not be left on tops of desks or dressers. y y Valuables should be removed or placed in closets or drawers that can be locked. The closets and drawers should be locked/closed and remain locked/closed throughout the hurricane. the Director of Residential Life and Housing or designee. If a parent or legal guardian cannot be contacted when attempted (for those under 18), an attempt will be made to contact the second person listed on the emergency contact card. For non-emergency cases, refer to the parental/legal guardian notification policy. Fire Safety Anyone unnecessarily setting off a fire alarm, unnecessarily tampering with fire exits and other means of impeding traffic may result in immediate University disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. Residents found damaging smoke alarms or fire alarm equipment will be charged for the damages and dealt with in a judicial manner. Failure to evacuate a residence hall during a fire alarm is also prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. When you hear the fire alarm, evacuate the residence hall immediately. Close and lock your door when you leave your room/ apartment. Do not take the elevator (you may get caught in a power outage). When you are outside of the hall remember to stay far enough away from the entrances so that you do not interfere with Davie Fire Department, Davie Police, Public Safety, and Residential Life staff.