Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th of every year; although in New Orleans the height of the season is typically in August and September. The majority of hurricanes are lower-scale and seldom make it past a level 2 on a scale of 1-5, and typically bring mostly strong rain and winds to the area. Other hazards associated with hurricanes are the storm surge/ storm tide that can bring flooding, tornados, and power outages. Xavier University recommends staying prepared for any emergency. This guide is designed to provide valuable information that you can use before, during and after a storm or emergency.
Students are encouraged NOT to make airline reservations for Christmas break until the end of October due to the possibility of the fall semester being extended for university closure during an emergency.
Seek shelter immediately. If you’re in a building, go to an interior room on a lower level, such as a closet or bathroom. Avoid windows, doors and outside walls.
911 | 1-504-565-7833
ready.nola.gov | 311
In the event of a weather emergency which causes the campus to be closed, the XULA emergency website www.xulaemergency.com, the toll-free telephone number 1 (866) 520-9852, and messages sent via the university emergency alert system are to be considered the only official sources of information.