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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2005 - Student Life. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/8960.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2005 - Student Life. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/8960

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 2005 - Student Life, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed July 30, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/8960.

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Title Houstonian 2005
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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Transcript evere weather arrives urpnse many Story by Mark Smith in t "If it looked like we were going to lose power on a widespread basis, we would shut down the entire campus" ear after year, the Texas coast is tered by severe weather strengthened the Gulf of Mexico. UH, like all universities along the Gulf Coast, has developed a contingency plan to deal with campus flooding and wind damage. Historically, the Gulf spawns the highest frequency of hurricane activity in the middle two months of the hurricane season - August and September. In the summer of 2005, however, incidents of campus flooding caused the University to retool its Emergency Management Plan (EMP). In early July, a pair of hurricanes missed a Texas landfall by a considerable margin, but nevertheless produced intense thundershowers in Houston, disrupting campus life. Flooding came as a surprise to many on campus, and the threat of an additional 12 to 15 tropical disturbances before the end of hurricane season gave administration officials reason to take exceptional precautions before the fall semester. Administrators began by strengthening strategies in the EMP, a print and online handbook for faculty, staff and students. The updated handbook, it is hoped, will help the University respond to severe weather throughout the year, not just in the prime of hurricane season. Several plans are outlined in the handbook. Eric Gerber, interim director of University Communication, took the summer flooding as a reminder of the volatility of Houston weather. "It's a cliche, but you can't predict" Gerber said. "You can only make a safe call depending on the forecasts!' The EMP, appropriately, outlines alternate plans depending on the severity of the weather. UH President Jay Gogue (or his designee) is the only official empowered to shut down the entire campus. Gogue also has the discretion to cancel or relocate individual classes if a building is flooded or loses electricity. Campus closure, Gerber said, is a last resort. "If it looked like we were going to lose power on a widespread basis, we would shut down the entire campus" he said. "But generally we'll close down an affected building or two first!' He cited an example from the spring of 2005 where construction mishaps knocked out water in multiple buildings. The University took this dilemma as a trial run for future emergencies. UH officials managed to coordinate the closure of several buildings and the relocation of classrooms. The Office of the Provost is empowered to compile a list of alternate classrooms. The July 2005 flooding under several Interstate 45 underpasses presented a more daunting challenge. With main arteries into the campus blocked, UH was effectively paralyzed during a day of summer classes. Because the flooding occurred in the afternoon, and to the surprise of many forecasters, the campus remained open. (Continued on p. 90) 88