When it comes to inclement weather preparation, colleges are unique. There are thousands of people, many of whom live on campus, and several buildings; therefore, it is critical to be ready for inclement weather events. Here are 5 things every college needs in preparation of bad weather:
1. Severe Weather Plan
The most important thing to have is a detailed plan. Every person on campus should be aware of the severe weather alert signal and the nearest shelters, and information about what to do should be posted in each building.
2. Lightning Detection System
With students always walking between buildings and outdoor activities going on, a lightning detection system is essential. The system’s alarm sounds when lightning is nearing the area, alerting people to take shelter. There should be enough of these systems installed around campus so that anyone who is outside can hear the alert, no matter their location.
3. Mass Notification System
Have multiple ways to notify people. There should be a way to instantly send alerts through various channels, including indoor and outdoor intercom systems, text messages, phone calls, and e-mails. This is to ensure that as many people as possible receive the message.
4. Wireless Weather Station
A wireless weather station is an easy and reliable way to get real-time weather data and accurate forecasts. The updated information will enable you to make weather-related decisions before a storm strikes.
5. Battery-Operated Weather Radios
Weather radios broadcast live data and forecasts from National Weather Service offices. Because the devices run on batteries, they are portable and work during power outages. Every office has a station, so you can tune in to the station for your area. When severe weather is detected, a loud alert sounds. All campus officials should have access to one, and it is also a good idea for residence hall staff members to have the radios in case an emergency happens during the night.
Do not wait for the next storm to hit; take time now to plan ahead. For the most advanced weather products, contact Earth Networks by calling (301) 417-5244 or by filling out the online form.