Severe Weather & Flooding

Severe Weather

In the event a hurricane threatens the College campus, the U.S. Weather Bureau will issue a “Hurricane Watch” (threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours), or a “Hurricane Warning” (hurricane conditions expected within 24 hours). In the event there is a formal warning, the College will cancel classes in a timely manner so that students, faculty, and staff can evacuate the area, if necessary, or as required by public authority.

In the event a formal warning is issued for a hurricane or tornado, and there is no time to evacuate, you should:

  • Move to an interior hallway or office.
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors.


Flooding can occur due to a variety of reasons (i.e., major rainstorms, hurricanes, water main breaks, etc.). In the case of imminent or actual flooding:

Prior to evacuation, if you can do so SAFELY:

  • Secure vital equipment and records.
  • Shut off non-essential electrical equipment.
  • Evacuate the building using the nearest emergency exit stairwell (Exhibit B).
  • Do NOT use the elevators.
    • If you are not able to get down the stairs, call the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743 or 8-911 from a campus phone (or 911 from a cell phone) and give them your location.
  • Take personal belongings (keys, purses/wallets, etc.) with you.
  • Proceed to one of the designated Evacuation Assembly Points (EAP) as shown on the attached map (Exhibit A).
  • Wait for further instructions – never attempt to return to the campus area until instructed it is safe to do so by a designee of the College.

*numbers in bold denote on campus phone extension.