March 2—8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency highlight important tips for preparing for severe weather, such as creating a disaster supply kit, and staying informed.
If you are an F or M student, you are responsible for maintaining your student status even if you need to evacuate your school. Bring the following with you if you leave:
- Passport (and visa, if applicable)
- Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant Student Status”
- Your Social Security card and Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document,” (if applicable)
- Financial records
- Plane tickets (if applicable)
- Contact information for your designated school official (DSO)
- Contact information for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) including e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and phone (703-603-3400)
If you are a DSO, make sure students have your contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address, in case they need to contact you in the event of a weather emergency. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact SEVP.
You can also use the Study in the States blog for additional Department of Homeland Security tips and information on what to do in an emergency situation.