How to prepare for severe weather

Tayler Critchlow

Due to potentially hazardous weather all Georgia Southern University classes, sports and other activities after noon tomorrow and all day Wednesday are canceled.

The Dining Commons will be the only facility in operation on campus this afternoon and tomorrow, according to a news release.

Bus routes and transportation systems will be closed after 1 p.m. today and as conditions improve the routes will begin to open, according to an e-mail from Kristi Bryant, director of the parking and transportation department.

The Recreational Activities Center and the Library will also be closed.

According to the news release, information regarding campus operations on Thursday will be announced after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Patrice Jackson, Dean of Students, said that she encouraged all students to make safe, responsible decisions.

Students are to think of the impending weather conditions as any other big event, such as a hurricane or tropical storm, where a power outage may occur, Ron Morales, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said.

Garden District, University Village, Monarch and The Connection have confirmed that they sent out e-mails, tweets or Facebook posts to their residents warning them of the weather conditions and giving tips on how to prepare.

111 South advised its residents to let faucets drip to prevent the pipes from freezing.

It is advised that residents avoid travel, stay at home and gather all of the blankets in the house, but it will not be getting cold enough to worry about pipes bursting, Morales said.

The Georgia Power website provides advice for residents on conserving energy in the event of a power outage.

Residents should avoid opening refrigerators and freezers, turn off and disconnect appliances that are not in use but leave one light on to indicate when the power is restored and when cooking do not use charcoal or other fuels in unventilated areas.

It is advised to monitor the storm’s progress on a weather radio and keep a flashlight and fresh batteries on hand and stock up on non-perishable foods, medications and heating fuel.

A generator should never be plugged into a home’s electrical wiring and appliances should be plugged directly into an electric generator.

In case the water system stops working, fill bathtubs and spare containers with water and avoid using non-electric, unvented space heaters because it can be a hazard.