IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Delta Chi Fraternity wants to make sure that all brothers in the path of the oncoming hurricane are prepared.
The IHQ Staff highly recommends that anyone in the affected areas listen to emergency personnel. They are trained professionals ready to handle these situations at a moment’s notice. Staying alert through automated alert systems through the National Weather Service or a local news outlet will provide up-to-date information on the storm and suggested plans of action for those in its path. Being informed early and often is a major key in being in the safest situation possible. If an emergency does arise, stay calm and call 911.
Prior to the storm’s arrival, those in the path should prepare means of transportation in case of evacuation. This means fueling up, checking tires, and making sure everything is in working order. In the event of an evacuation, make sure houses/apartments are locked, doors and windows are secured, electronic devices are charged, valuables are put in a safe location, important medicine or documents are on-hand, and there is a plan on where to go.
Those choosing to stay during the storm, please have an evacuation plan in order. Have a communication plan with someone in a safe location and continue to update them on your status. Take refuge in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds and have food and water prepared for at least three days. One should also remember that we are our brother’s keeper, so check in on the members of your chapter and community to aid those in need.
Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. It only takes six inches of water to sweep someone off their feet and a foot of water to move a car. Clean up can happen when conditions improve. Do not try to fix things, clean, or leave your location in the middle of the storm. All of that can wait until the conditions are safe.
Some resources to stay up to date on current information about the Hurricane Florence:
National Hurricane Center – https://www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Weather Service – https://www.weather.gov/alerts
Weather Alert Systems – https://www.weather.gov/subscribe/
Most importantly, we ask that you be safe and be prepared during this situation. You are invaluable as a person, a brother, a son, and a community member. If you need anything, feel free to reach out to headquarters in the event of a crisis.