A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, severe wind and occasionally tornadoes.
It only takes one storm to threaten, cause damage and disrupt our lives. A hurricane will not occur without warning, so in the off-season it is important to be educated, develop a plan, and ensure that you are adequately prepared. Monitor the weather closely during hurricane season, which runs from June 1 - November 30.
By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
When a tropical storm or hurricane is forecasted to impact USF, follow directions and guidance administered by public safety officials. All official information regarding campus closings, class cancellation, evacuation, and re-population of the campus will be communicated through the main USF website and the USF Emergency Information Line by calling 1-800-992-4231.
The University of South Florida Hurricane Guide provides information on campus operations and hurricane preparedness tips.
It is very important to maintain a Disaster Kit year round. This should include:
- Important Documents (license, passport, insurance policies) and cash
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Food and Water
- Clothes/ blanket/closed toed shoes
- Find more information on Disaster Kits at Ready.Gov
While evacuation will not always be necessary, it is important that you are prepared if there is a need to leave your home. Locate the closest evacuation shelter and the safest route to get there. Ensure that at least one other person knows the address of the shelter or any other locations you plan to go in the event of an evacuation.
Each county maintains a list of evacuation shelters:
If the campus is evacuated, do not return until public safety officials have directed you to do so. Hurricanes can inflict severe damage to infrastructure, roadways, and buildings. Post-hurricane environmental conditions are likely to be unsafe.
Be prepared, be ready, and be safe!