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Emergency Plans

Important to International Students & Scholars

If an emergency evacuation is declared, YOU MUST TAKE YOUR IMMIGRATION PAPERS WITH YOU. Be sure to have the following documents with you when you evacuate:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20
  • I-94

If you do not take these with you, you will incur many troubles when getting back to the university. BE SURE TO TAKE THE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU!!! We recommend putting all of your important immigration documents in a convenient location so in the case of an emergency you can easily grab them as you leave your residence.

The following content outlines emergency plans in case of necessary evacuations due to a hurricane. For further instructions of other emergency situations, please refer to TAMUCC Quick Reference Guide To Campus Emergencies.

Hurricane Evacuation

Hurricanes are serious storms that cause water surges in the coastal bend, flooding, and high violent winds. In the event of a hurricane or other dangerous weather events, the university may shut down to keep students, faculty, and staff safe.  The warm weather and close proximity to the Gulf Coast put the city of Corpus Christi at high risk for severe tropical storms or hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30.

If the university administration makes the decision to shut down the campus, all individuals will need to evacuate campus. Students living in the dormitories (Miramar or Momentum Village), should consult with the Islander Housing staff for more information about their hurricane evacuation plan. Students who live off-campus should work also have a hurricane evacuation plan in place. Evacuation plans should include knowing what to pack, knowing where to go, and how to get to evacuation sites or safe locations. You are welcome to evacuate by your own method to a city that is not in the storm pathway if you have transportation. However, if you have no way to evacuate, please wait for further instructions from the university, or the city, on how to utilize public transportation services being provided for evacuation purposes.  

Individual Evacuation Plans

  • An evacuation or campus closure could last 2 days or 2 months, so students should have both a short-term and long-term plan.

  • The following highways are recommended depending upon your destination:

    • Houston – U.S. 77, 77A to U.S. 59

    • San Antonio or Austin – Interstate 37 or U.S. 181

    • West of Corpus Christi – FM 624 west from Corpus Christi and I-35 North from Cotulla.

  • Texas Highway 35 along the coast is very often impassable due to high tides pushed in front of a hurricane. This route is not recommended. Consider a route which will take you directly away from the coast, not parallel to it.

  • Keep at least a half tank of gas at all times during hurricane season (June 1 – November 30)

  • Keep cash with you.

  • Store these phone numbers (to get current information & to see if it is safe to come back on campus): 1-888-234-4887; 1-361-825-0000

University Evacuation Plans for On-Campus Residents

  • If necessary, the university will evacuate Islander Housing residents to either Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas or to Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.

  • When the university makes the decision to evacuate and close the campus, no one is allowed to stay on campus.

  • Students are taken by bus (no personal cars allowed) to one of the universities and will be housed in a gym. Students will sleep on a gymnasium floor (with a thin mattress) and will be provided with meals for free.

  • Evacuees must bring sheets, pillows, blankets, clothing, and personal care items. Evacuees will return to campus once the university is open.

City Evacuation Plans for Off-Campus Residents

  • In the event that an evacuation is called for and an off-campus student does not have a vehicle, the student can evacuate with the City of Corpus Christi.

  • The city will transport residents by bus to another city and will return once the city grants permission.

  • The City will provide more information on the evacuation on their website:

Students evacuating with the university or the City of Corpus Christi should know the following:

  • You can take only 2 small bags, No pets are allowed, & Smoking is very restricted (or may not be allowed at all).

  • Once you are at an evacuation site, they cannot leave. If they do leave, they are not allowed to return to the evacuation site.

  • Have all important documents/medications in an accessible location where you can grab them all easily if you need to move.