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UF Shelters Open Sunday

Due to possible Hurricane Irma impacts, the University of Florida’s main campus in Gainesville will be closed Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 11. Official updates will be posted on www.ufl.edu.

The University of Florida will open an emergency shelter inside the Steinbrenner Band Hall at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, for affiliated members of the UF community and their families.

Most members of UF’s community will shelter in their residence or home and/or with family and friends. People who should consider going to this emergency shelter may live in manufactured housing and/or within flood-prone areas. Students who live in residence halls should remain in their halls and follow housing staff instructions.

The emergency shelter will remain open until the tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Irma subside and close when outside conditions are deemed safe by public safety officials. Additional shelters could be opened depending on demand.

Entrance requires an active UF affiliation and Gator1 ID. Non-affiliated people must be accompanied by a sponsoring individual with a valid Gator1 ID at all times.

The emergency shelter will be located in Steinbrenner Band Hall (Building 0110). Enter the shelter from the ground-floor west entrance. Nearby parking may be available on Inner Road or in Parking Garage 4 on Museum Road. Campus parking restrictions are waived through Monday.

Please be advised:

  • No pets or comfort animals will be allowed into the shelter, only ADA service animals are permitted. Alachua County offers two pet-friendly shelters.
  • Each individual will be allocated 20 square feet of personal space.
  • Please provide your own bedding (i.e. pillows, blankets, sheets, air mattresses etc.).
  • Basic food options will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own food.
  • Don’t forget your chargers for electronic devices, and head phones/ear buds for video and audio use.
  • Please bring your own medicines and/or medical supplies.
  • No re-entry will be allowed after exiting the shelter.

A representative from the Counseling and Wellness Center and the Student Health Care Center will be available at the emergency shelter. UF Police Department will provide security.

Classes are expected to resume on Tuesday, September 12. Other scheduling updates and storm information will be posted regularly on UF’s home page, www.ufl.edu.


Published: September 8th, 2017

Category: News