Albertus Magnus College is committed to ensure that the Albertus Community is prepared for an Emergency. This web site is designed to inform you about emergency preparations matters, both on campus and at home. Though preparation takes a bit of time and planning, it brings awareness to the choices you may have during an emergency. By preparing both mentally and logistically, you can increase your confidence and ability to handle a real emergency situation.
Spring and summer are wonderful times of the year for people to be outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. They are also times when people should be alert and pay attention to rapidly changing weather conditions. Severe thunderstorms with lightning, heavy rain, hail, high winds and even tornadoes are possible during this time of the year.
All thunderstorms produce lightning and all have the potential for danger. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears.
Lightning is dangerous to individuals and property especially because of its unpredictability, which emphasizes the importance of preparedness. It often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles ahead of or after the arrival of the storm. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors during the afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms can occur singly, in clusters or in lines.
Damage from these events in New England can be severe including damaged/ destroyed buildings, massive tree damage, downed wires, closed roads and sudden flooding. The aftermath of severe weather can have an impact on a community or the entire region for days, weeks or even months. As with most potential disasters: preparedness, monitoring the media and common sense can minimize
Here are some Thunderstorm Safety Tips:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
Flooding and Flash Floods are also common in the spring. Snow melt and heavy spring rains fill rivers and streams which can cause flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Be prepared to head for higher ground at a moment’s notice when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.
Here are some Flood Safety Tips:
Tornadoes are another weather event to watch out for. While you might think tornadoes only happen in the South or Mid-West, they happen in Connecticut too. Tornadoes occur mostly on warm spring days between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. However, tornadoes can occur anywhere, at any time of the year, at any time of the day.
Here are some Tornado Safety Tips:
Download the Tornado Warning & Alert App by the American Red Cross- From your mobile phone, call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and get a link to download the app to your phone. You can also download the app directly from iTunes or the Google Play app store.
FEMA wireless emergency alert system intended to inform the public about extreme weather like hurricanes, tornadoes or flash foods; Amber Alerts; or alerts from the president about catastrophic disasters. The alerts come as text messages that feature a special tone and vibration. No longer than 90 characters, the message discusses the type and time of the alert and action individuals should take.
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
Albertus has automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the following locations:
Refer to the campus map to find the nearest AED.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is improving traffic operations along Interstate 95 in Greater New Haven. Their traffic map shows the impact of improvement projects on both local and interstate traffic in the area.