Hotel and Layover Safety
Hurricane Preparedness & Response
If A Hurricane WATCH Is Issued
- Ask the hotel staff what emergency preparations are in place.
- What happens in the event of a power outage?
- Will food and water be available?
- What is the evacuation and transportation plan?
- Ask for a map of the area with the hotel and shelter locations marked.
- Coordinate with your crew. Decide upon a meeting point should an evacuation be necessary. In the event of an evacuation, you may need to count on one another for support.
- Review the locations of the exits and stairwells on your floor. Know where your two nearest exits are in relation to your room.
If A Hurricane WARNING Is Issued
- Immediately fill your bathtub with water if the hotel staff has not already done so.
- Keep apprised of the current situation by turning on the local news or a local news radio station.
- Plug in your cell phone to maintain as much of a charge as possible in case of a power outage.
- Lock your valuables (passport, jewelry, computer, etc.) in the in-room safe if one is available.
- Many evacuation shelters will not have amenities available. Assemble a to-go kit with warm clothing, toiletries, medication, eyeglasses, etc. to take with you in the event of an evacuation. If an evacuation becomes necessary, you can place these items inside a pillowcase or the extra bedding bag (located in many hotel closets).
In The Event An Evacuation Is Ordered
- Put on sturdy, closed toe shoes.
- Take your crew ID, cell phone, to-go kit, and a pillow and blanket with you (many shelters do not provide bedding).
- Follow all instructions from hotel staff and emergency personnel.
- Assemble with your crew at your predetermined meeting point. Attempt to locate other Alaska crewmembers and stick together.
- Cell phone service may be intermittent. Notify a family member outside the hurricane area that you’re being evacuated and where you are going.
- Designate one crew member to call Crew Scheduling and let them know that you’re being evacuated and where you are going.