Successfully preparing for severe weather events—like hurricanes—involves more than just sandbagging doors and securing windows. Hurricanes can cause significant damage, leaving people stranded and putting lives at risk. In these situations, good emergency communications and response plans are crucial for informing people how to keep themselves—and their families—safe.

In September 2018, Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas, promising 140 mph winds and 20–25 inches of rain. The hurricane motivated us at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to employ the best and most effective strategies and solutions to keep everyone safe and informed while maintaining critical campus operations.

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With 23,400 members of the campus community spread across six colleges and an 800-bed medical center located in a city below sea level, our team knew that giving everyone the information they needed to stay safe would be no small feat.

About the Author:

Bryan Wood is the emergency manager at MUSC and Heather Woolwine is the public affairs & media relations director at MUSC.

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