RIM: Research and Research Education

Emergency Preparedness

The NIH is aware that natural disasters may negatively impact our ability to make on-time grant submissions. Their official regulations regarding the late submission of applications can be found here:

For hurricane preparedness, please review the Disaster Preparedness Checklists listed below, view the preparedness presentations and purchase your hurricane laboratory supplies.

There are also a number of emergency websites available at the bottom of the page.

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The Office of Research, Research Education and Innovative Medicine (RIM) wants you to be prepared in the event of a hurricane. A few minutes of preparation now may potentially save thousands of research dollars and your irreplaceable data.

Order Hurricane Supplies for Research Laboratories

The Office of Research, Research Education and Innovative Medicine (RIM) has generated a list of recommended hurricane supplies, available through Grainger on UM’s Ariba ordering system. For additional information or assistance in ordering supplies, please e-mail Helene Valentine.

Hurricane Supplies Ordering Suggestions

The items listed below are suggestions from RIM on items to obtain for your hurricane supply kit. Feel free to purchase anything that would fit your specific needs. These items may be purchased through the Grainger catalog on UM’s Ariba ordering system.

  • Plastic rolls (10×100’)
  • Plastic containers
  • Sharpies|
  • XXL Ziploc bags (not available via Grainger)
  • Tarps
  • Bungee cords
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Clear tape
Emergency and Hurricane Preparedness Presentations
Hurricane Preparation Checklists

Protect your life’s work, personnel, laboratories, data, equipment and research models with the help of these emergency preparedness checklists for principal investigators (PIs) and clinical researchers at the University of Miami:

  • Steps to take prior to the hurricane season: This checklist is the product of the collective work of the RIM Emergency Preparedness Team with assistance from UM Security, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Risk Management, and the Disaster and Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP) Center.
  • Steps to take when a hurricane is imminent: This checklist walks you through last minute steps to prepare your laboratory before evacuating campus prior to a storm. Please note that these tools are provided to assist you and are not meant to replace requests or requirements from UM Security, EHS or your department.
  • Steps to take post-disaster: This checklist focuses on post-disaster activities that must be carried out before and after you and your employees return to work. Please note that these tools are provided to assist you and are not meant to replace requests or requirements from UM Security, EHS or your department.

Whether you have experienced a storm or are new to the hurricane belt, we welcome your comments and questions. Please contact Helene Valentine (305) 243-8842, or Julia Zaias (305) 243-9964 for more information about emergency preparedness for the research community.

Requests for Essential Personnel to Remain on Campus

No one is allowed to stay on campus during the actual impact of a weather event, except for specially designated and approved essential personnel. Disaster response teams/emergency personnel for each unit may be on campus before and after weather events, but may not remain during. Unique requests can be made to the Director of Security through a Request for Essential Personnel to Remain on Campus During Actual Weather Event (Form E-020A). There is no guarantee of approval.

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