VCSU works with the city and county to minimize the risks of damage from floods. In addition, VCSU students, faculty, and staff may assist in sandbagging and other flood efforts. VCSU officials will communicate flood information to the campus. In addition, the campus community can listen for alerts and other information via local radio and television stations. Each flood is unique. Floods often change rapidly therefore, preparation and response plans may suddenly change. VCSU will do the following in the event of a flood:
- Protect the individuals from harm during the event.
- Provide accurate information to the campus in a timely manner.
- Secure main utility areas such as the power house, steam man holes, networking, and telephone areas.
- Provide additional security to the campus and monitor traffic.
- Move vulnerable equipment, offices, and classrooms to a safe area.
- Protect housing areas.
- Ensure an evacuation route is open and available.
**Campus administrators will determine continuity of operations based on the flooding circumstances.**
Flash Flood/Warning Information
Flash Flood or Flood Warning: Issued by National Weather Service, or Barnes County Emergency Management Agency when large amounts of precipitation cause hazardous condition or if the river rises to unusual levels.
VCSU administration will issue information via email and phone messages.
In the event of a flood emergency warning or actual flood emergency on or near campus, the campus will receive advance notification from Barnes County Emergency Management Agency as to the extent and nature of the impending flood or weather emergency. The instructions and preparations for the University and surrounding communities will be relayed from Barnes County Emergency Management Agency to the University through the Public Safety dispatcher and Department of Public Safety.
The President of the University or the Vice President for Business Affairs, or their designee, will initiate the appropriate announcements concerning the emergency flood warning and the instructions for preparation and/or evacuation when and if necessary.
In the event of a major weather emergency or disaster, the director of public safety will coordinate a timely notification procedure for all members of the university and surrounding communities with the members of the Emergency Response Team through the KOVC 1490 AM, local media communications networks or through the Public Safety dispatcher and the university telephone switchboard.