Annex: Hurricane Response Plan Department: All Campus DepartmentsDepartmental Emergency Contact: Campus Police
The purpose of this policy is to establish the procedures to be followed by the student body, faculty, and staff in the event of a hurricane. Implementation of these procedures whenever necessary should minimize loss of life, injury, and disruption of scheduled activities.
In the event conditions exist to activate the hurricane response policy, Campus Police will work with the York County Emergency Operation Center to obtain frequent weather updates. Faculty and staff will be required to assist in assuring student safety.
In the event of a hurricane, Campus Police will be notified by the Emergency Operations Center on the extent of the emergency. Following this notification, the campus community will be notified in time to activate the Hurricane Response Plan and render the campus safe.
Since a Hurricane is a weather condition that can be tracked, communication to the campus community will be in advance of the hurricane entering York County.
Winthrop University may communicate with the campus community by any of the following means:
When the area is given the “all clear” signal from the York County Emergency Operations Center and confirmed by Campus Police, this information will then be disseminated via the listed means throughout the Winthrop campus community. .
Emergency responders will have total control of the scene. If the situation dictates, the Incident Command System will be used as directed by the National Incident Management System.
The university also will assemble the Critical Incident Management Team to make university related decisions.
The Winthrop University Police Department will operate an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in the Facilities Operation Center. If the incident requires York County to open the Emergency Operations Center, the Vice President of Student Life or a designee will be represented in the York County EOC and/or will be in continuous communications with the Winthrop EOC.
If it is apparent that a hurricane could impact the Rock Hill area, the York County Emergency Management Office will begin tracking the hurricane approximately 72 hours before it enters the Rock Hill area. If it is apparent conditions indicate the hurricane could enter Rock Hill and York County, the York County Emergency Management Office will notify all county jurisdictions and begin meeting and planning for the hurricane’s arrival. Campus Police will represent Winthrop University at the planning meetings and provide situational reports to the Vice President of Student Life. Procedural decisions will be made and communicated to the campus community.
Specific Notification Actions
If a hurricane situation occurs, the following specific actions will be taken to insure the safety of Winthrop University student body and staff.
During a Hurricane
After a Hurricane