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Hurricane plan

Lynn University’s event and emergency management plan, maintained by the Department of Campus Safety, defines procedures for inclement weather, including tropical storms and hurricanes. Here’s what you need to know:

Emergency contact

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Every June, Campus Safety issues a test message notifying the university of the season’s arrival and encouraging all students and employees to update their emergency contact information. This information can be updated at any time via my.lynn.edu.

Communication

We encourage students and employees to monitor local weather for the most updated and accurate information. Students and employees may also wish to subscribe to local weather alerts including our county's, AlertPBC.

In the event of severe or dangerous weather, the university will inform students and employees about precautions to take or procedures to follow via various emergency notification methods. These may include posting messages to lynn.edu/alert, distributing email, text or voicemail messages, activating a call center, or providing in-person instruction and guidance.

Storm readiness

Lynn University meets the National Weather Service’s “StormReady” requirements. Learn more.

Lynn is not located within an evacuation zone, flood zone or storm surge zone. Our storm preparations and facilities can accommodate only our on-campus student community and the university's designated “first responder” staff in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane. The university is not a public evacuation shelter and cannot accommodate non first-responder employees, non-residential students, families or guests. Nonresident students and Lynn employees who are not first responders should make their own evacuation and/or storm preparedness plans.

The best plan is to be prepared. Additional information regarding the county and personal hurricane preparedness are available at the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center and the Palm Beach County’s hurricane preparedness website.

Housing and Residence Life FAQ

Housing and Residence Life staff members remain on campus during a storm. They help students understand what to expect before, during and after a tropical event. Check out some of the most commonly asked questions.

Preparing for a hurricane

If I am leaving during a storm, do I have to tell anyone?
Yes, any residential student who wishes to leave campus for the duration of a storm must see a member of Housing and Residence Life to complete a campus departure form. This form ensures that we know where you are going and how to reach you while you are away.

What if I left before completing a campus departure form?
You still need to complete a campus departure form.

If I am leaving during a storm, should I unplug electronics?
Yes, before you leave please make sure all electronics are unplugged and that you place items up off the floor and away from windows. We also ask that you unplug and empty your refrigerator.

What supplies should I get to prepare for a storm?
We encourage students to purchase water, non-perishable food items and charge battery packs in case we lose power for an extended period of time.

During a hurricane

What does a lockdown mean?
For safety during the storm we will go into a lockdown and have everyone shelter in place. When this happens, students must return to the hall they are assigned. If students choose to stay on campus during the storm, they must check in to their specific hall and cannot stay with friends in another building. Also, during lockdowns all guests and commuters must leave campus. Until a campus official notifies students that the lockdown is no longer in effect, everyone must stay inside.

Will you provide food during a storm?
Yes, the dining commons remains operational until a lockdown becomes effective. Once we are on lockdown, dining services will provide meals to each hall only when it is safe to do so.

What happens if we lose power?
All the buildings are on back-up generators. However, the generators provide only emergency lighting for hallways and stairwells. If the power goes out, residential buildings will not have air conditioning or electricity until the power returns.

After the hurricane

How can I report room damage?
Please let a member of Housing and Residence Life know if you have any damage during the storm. Housing and facilities will go room to room after the storm to assess any additional or unknown damage.

If I chose to leave campus, when can I return?
Please pay close attention to lynn.edu/alert for the latest campus updates. Until students are notified that the campus is open, we ask that everyone stay where they were for the storm. Residential students who chose to leave for the storm will not be allowed back on campus until the campus opens.

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