How HSU Preps for Emergencies
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May 2019

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Planning Ahead and Staying Safe

Keeping your student safe is a priority at Humboldt State. Like anywhere, there’s potential on the North Coast for unique natural disasters and other safety issues, and University staff regularly trains and prepares for emergency situations.

IMPORTANT: Remind your student they can sign up for HSU alerts via text.

The HSU Risk Management office regularly develops and updates emergency procedures for a variety of hazards, from flu pandemics to shootings. While wildfires aren’t a high risk, given Humboldt County’s cool coastal climate, the University has taken note of the lessons from recent fire tragedies around the state. Humboldt County definitely is earthquake country, so it’s important for students to be involved in the preparation and response to emergencies.

Remind them the first thing to do if an earthquake happens is to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. They should know evacuation routes and gathering points for the buildings and rooms they spend a lot of time in. The HSU campus is well out of the tsunami zone, but if students are in low-lying areas in the event of a large quake, they should immediately head to higher ground. Find detailed information on the Risk Management website.

Student residents can find safety information on the Housing website.

Students should also know about water safety and road safety, and what to do in case of wild animal encounters, severe storms, and outages.

Students can apply to join our Campus Emergency Response Team, a volunteer crew that responds to campus emergencies to assist first responders. Team members undergo regular trainings and exercises.

More campus safety information for parents and families is available in this guide (pdf).

Cause for Celebration

Congratulations to the students graduating this spring, and to the families that supported their journey!

Visit the Commencement website for details about the May 18 ceremonies.

Is Your Student Living Off-campus Next Year?

Housing can be scarce--have your student check in with Chant’e Catt, HSU’s off-campus housing coordinator, for advice, help, and resources related to finding housing.

Make appointments and find more information on the housing website.

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