To: Faculty, staff and students
From: Linda J. Stump-Kurnick
University of Florida Police Chief and
Assistant Vice President of Public and Environmental Safety
Re: Hurricane Guidance
With a powerful category 3 hurricane approaching the state of Florida, our top priorities are the safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff in our community.
Given the uncertainty in the forecast, it is difficult to determine exact impacts of Hurricane Matthew to Florida and the main UF campus in Gainesville. Based upon the current forecast, the Gainesville area could experience effects of the storm Thursday evening through early Saturday.
We will continue monitoring the situation and provide regular updates on the UF Home Page at www.ufl.edu including any schedule changes and/or closures. Should conditions warrant the closure of classes, we will let the UF community know with emails, texts, Twitter, and through our emergency notification system, UF Alert and the UF GATORSAFE safety mobile app. It can be downloaded from the iOS App Store or Google Play.
All UF units should closely monitor Hurricane Matthew and review emergency plans, and UF units with operations along the east coast of Florida should follow guidance from their university administrative units and local officials.
UF and surrounding areas can experience several types of severe weather during different seasons of the year and it’s important to understand what the forecast holds for North Central Florida over the next few days.
If the area is impacted by sustained tropical storm/hurricane force winds, the university will take appropriate steps to determine if normal operations need to be altered. The university also encourages all students, faculty and staff to prepare for the possible storm at home by taking the following actions:
BEFORE THE STORM
- Ensure storm supply kit is stocked – checklist: https://emergency.ufl.edu/preparedness/build-your-disaster-kit/
- Download the GatorSafe Hurricane Survivor Brochure: https://emergency.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GatorSafe-Hurricane-Brochure-v.2016.pdf
- Fuel vehicle
- Inform family and friends of the plan, especially if sheltering in a different location than usual
- Remove or secure outside items such as potted plants, grills and lawn furniture
DURING THE STORM
- Stay indoors and do not travel during the storm
- If winds become strong, stay away from doors and windows. Take refuge in an interior room, closet or hallway
- Do NOT use candles, which can increase fire risk
- Understand that emergency services and scheduled bus routes might not be able to respond or operate during the storm
Stay safe Gators!