Tropical storms and hurricanes are no strangers to Louisiana. During hurricane season (June 1 - November 30), several storms and hurricanes usually enter the Gulf of Mexico, presenting potential threats to Louisiana residents.
In the event that a hurricane threatens southeast Louisiana, Southeastern Louisiana University will initiate procedures to ensure the safety of students and employees. This may include closure and evacuation of the campus and opening of a secure shelter for those who are unable to leave the campus.
Remember that Southeastern is not a public hurricane shelter, and facilities will not be open for the general public.
When to Evacuate
Plans to evacuate the campus begin as early as possible when the region falls under a hurricane warning. If the storm appears to threaten the immediate region, the campus may be closed. If closure and evacuation are ordered, students will be notified through the news media, university website, e-mail alerts, and announcements by faculty, University Housing, and Division of Student Affairs personnel.
If evacuation is recommended, students should seriously consider complying. Students will not be allowed to stay in campus residential facilities, and the university shelter is reserved for necessary faculty and staff and students unable to evacuate.
Once notified of a possible hurricane threat, the following procedures should be followed by students residing in residence halls or in off-campus apartments.
In the warning stage:
- Check your e-mail and the Southeastern website regularly for updates on the university‘s
- Begin to make plans to proceed to your home or intended destination.
- Review the routes that should be taken to travel to your home or intended destination.
- Listen to a Louisiana Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station or area television
stations for information regarding the weather situation and more routes.
- Fill the tank in your vehicle and check all other fluids, belts and tires.
- Pack items to take with you, such as changes of clothes, personal hygiene items, laptop,
mobile phone, and text books. Take with you a battery-powered radio, flashlight and
extra batteries. Do not leave cash or other valuables in the residence hall. Take
credit cards and cash.
- Bring prescription medications and drinking water. If prescriptions need to be refrigerated,
be sure to pack them in a portable cooler.
Students and employees who are unable to leave campus will be advised as to evacuation shelter procedures. Students residing off campus are advised to leave with a neighbor, friend, or family member the address and telephone number of their intended evacuation locations. If you have questions, speak with a University Housing staff member or call the University Police Department (985-549-2222).
Emergency weather information will be available on most radio stations, area television stations, or the Weather Channel on cable TV. Louisiana Emergency Alert System radio stations include:
New Orleans - WWL (870 AM) and WLMG (101.9 FM)
Baton Rouge - WJBO (1150 AM) and WFMF (102.5 FM)
In addition, Southeastern‘s public radio station KSLU (90.9 FM) and the Southeastern Channel (Charter Communications Channel 18) will broadcast emergency information as well as updates on the status of the university.