Hurricane Planning

Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The information below will help you start your storm season preparations early.

Pre-Storm Procedures

Here are some suggestions for reducing loss to University Personal Property:

Move all transportable equipment away from un-shuttered windows and secure against interior walls.

  • Take all employee personal property home.
  • Cover computers, typewriters, office furnishings, including desks and file cabinets, with plastic sheeting. Secure sheeting with twine or rope so that it will remain in place in the event a window is blown out.
  • Store small equipment inside covered filing cabinets.
  • Remove valuable papers and artwork to a more secure area for storage until after the storm.
  • Plastic garbage cans with lock down tops may be used to store valuable equipment and papers.
  • Secure or develop an inventory of all office equipment and furnishings. The inventory should include: description of item, decal numbers, serial numbers, and value.
  • Secure and keep in a safe place, copies of purchase orders used to purchase each item in your equipment inventory.
  • Maintain a copy of the attached directions for completing a property claim for University equipment damaged or destroyed.

Post-Storm Procedures

Immediately after the storm, every effort should be made to reach the University for the purpose of assessing the extent of damage (if any) to your immediate work location. If it is determined that storm damage exists, the department must notify Risk Management at 305-284-3163 immediately.

The following represents the basic information needed to establish a claim for damaged or destroyed equipment: 

  • Separate damaged equipment from undamaged equipment.
  • If water damage to electrical equipment is suspected do not attempt to start. Tag this equipment indicating possible water damage and contact Risk Management to setup an inspection of all water damaged equipment.
  • Secure all equipment against further damage or theft.
  • Document all expenses.
  • Complete the attached “Claims Worksheet” making certain that the following information is included (see Annex A, page 13)

General Information:

1. Department account number
2. Department name, address, building, room number, locator code and campus
3. Department phone number

Property Information:

1. Description of damaged equipment
2. University decal number and equipment serial number
3. Original cost of item (supply a copy of the purchase order and invoice if possible) 

  • Call Risk Management at 305-284-3163 to set up an inspection of all damaged equipment giving the name and phone number of the contact person and the location where the damaged equipment may be seen. DO NOT DISCARD ANY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ITEMS.
  • Do not replace damaged equipment until approval has been given by the University’s insurance carrier and Risk Management.
  • Due to limitations established by the University s property carriers, all information pertaining to a claim for loss must be submitted to them immediately following a loss. Failure to provide information in a timely manner could result in individual claims being denied.