St. George’s University – Located Below the Hurricane Belt

St. George’s University – Located Below the Hurricane Belt


– [Presenter] Student safety
is of utmost importance for the entire St. George’s
University community, and that includes in the unlikely event that a major hurricane
approaches its True Blue campus. But how unlikely is it? Located well below the hurricane belt on the southwestern tip of Grenada, St. George’s University and
the island have been hit by only one major hurricane
in the last 60 years. The storm formed on the
west coast of Africa as most Atlantic hurricanes do, and instead of traveling on
its usual path north and west through the Caribbean, it
veered south at the last moment and struck Grenada directly. When it arrived, however, the SGU campus, built to withstand a Category
5 hurricane, held strong. It never closed, and classes
resumed shortly thereafter. Students and faculty were safe on campus throughout the storm, and there was no structural
damage to the buildings beyond some displaced roof
tiles and broken windows. With its own generators
and desalination plant, the campus lost neither power nor access to its water supply. SGU even took the initiative to relocate some of its
students to schools in the US to allow relief efforts
and government operations to utilize campus facilities. The safety of students and
staff remains a priority for St George’s University. SGU has invested heavily in campus-based security and preparedness, including a secure
emergency command center with redundant communication systems for connection to the outside world. The campus is not only
prepared structurally, but the plan in place would insure that students, faculty, staff, and loved ones are guarded by experienced
safety protocols and equipped with the most
up-to-date information. To learn more about SGU’s
hurricane preparedness plan, visit sgu.edu/hurricaneplan.

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