Hurricanes and tropical storms pose risks under normal circumstances. COVID-19 only adds to the challenge. Dangerous rain, hail, and high winds are common during these weather events and put your academic community at risk of physical injury, mental stress, property damage and power outages. LiveSafe is here to help your community effectively communicate and manage the safety and security risks of hurricanes and tropical storms.
Use this toolkit to help your students, faculty, and staff weather the storm and stay safe during hurricane and tropical storm season.
SAFETY TOOLS FOR HURRICANES & TROPICAL STORMS
|6 Ways to Use LiveSafe During Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Handout helps you understand all the ways you can use LiveSafe during hurricane season.||Share this handout with LiveSafe Administrators or Operators so they are prepared to use LiveSafe during dangerous weather to keep students, faculty, and staff safe.|
|LiveSafe’s Geofence Overview provides answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the creation and use of geofences to send location-specific messages.||Read up on LiveSafe’s Geofence capability. Geofences enable your organization to send messages to specific areas – a critical capability during weather emergencies.|
|How To Send a Geofenced Broadcast Message video demonstrates how a Dashboard Administrator can send a broadcast message to a predefined geographical area, such as a certain part of campus.||Share this video with Dashboard Administrators to ensure all staff know how to send broadcast messages to geofenced areas to keep people informed and safe during normal circumstances and instances of severe weather.|
|“Can COVID-19 Serve As A Catalyst For Change In Hurricane Preparedness?” Prevention Podcast discusses how organizations can use COVID-19 as a reason to evaluate current hurricane preparedness plans to save lives in future disasters.||Listen to the Podcast to learn about how your educational institution can evaluate current hurricane and tropical storm preparedness plans and evacuation strategies for possible improvements to better protect your students, faculty, staff, and facilities.|
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY WITH LIVESAFE
- Send a LiveSafe broadcast message to notify students and faculty about any school closures, delays, or safety advisories due to the hurricane or tropical storm. Remember you can send broadcast messages via the LiveSafe app, text message, or email.
- Emphasize that while campus may be closed or classes and activities may be cancelled, LiveSafe is still working to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. Students and faculty can Report Incidents, use the Safety Map and SafeWalk, and access important resources via the LiveSafe Mobile App.
- Use geofencing to provide targeted messages to different groups of your community based on geography. If you have campuses, buildings, or other school facilities across different locations, geofencing will allow you to reach users in a specific location.
- Evaluate current hurricane and tropical storm planning and evacuation strategies to determine if any updates are necessary to protect your academic community in light of COVID-19 and its impacts on your learning and teaching environment. Update any hurricane and tropical storm planning and evacuation information in the “Resources” section of the LiveSafe Mobile App.