Although this year's hurricane season has been relatively quiet compared to the number of storms forecasted for the six-month period which began June 1 and ends November 30, it's important that everyone stay prepared! At this time of the year, tropical storms have been known to develop quickly in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean, making it even more important for you to have supplies and a plan in place.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is important that your hurricane preparedness plan addresses all of these hazards. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that everyone be ready before a storm approaches. Your individual preparedness actions greatly contribute to USF's ability to prepare, respond to and recover from any storm, regardless of its intensity.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links above for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Administrative Services will be hosting events throughout the month of October. We hope you will join us at one or all of these!
- Friday, Oct. 4: Wearing Pink (Details - PDF)
- Friday, Oct. 11: Planting Pink (Details - PDF)
- Friday, Oct. 18: Serving Up Pink (Details - PDF)
- Friday, Oct. 25: Giving Pink (Details - PDF)
(June 2013) The NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends November 30, there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
More than 90 years have passed since the Tampa Bay area has been directly impacted by a major hurricane, but it only takes one storm to threaten, cause damage and disrupt our lives. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is important that your hurricane preparedness plan addresses all of these hazards. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Your individual preparedness actions greatly contribute to USF's ability to prepare, respond to and recover from any storm, regardless of its intensity.
- To help you be prepared for the hurricane season which lasts six months, be sure to refer to USF's 2013 Hurricane Planning Guide. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
- To learn more about how you can prepare and minimize your risk during the 2013 hurricane season, visit USF's Emergency & Safety Management website. Be prepared and be safe!
(May 2013) Facilities Management recently worked with USF's Student Government Association (SGA) to procure and install a beautiful bull statue in front of the student entrance to the Sun Dome. The new statue compliments the major enhancements made to the student entrance during last year's renovation of the Sun Dome. The outgoing SGA officers wanted to create a memorable spot on campus and also wanted to create a tradition for future students.
Legend has it that the plot of land that the University of South Florida sits on was once home to a cattle farmer and his herd. This farmer cared so much for his bulls that every day he brushed the hooves of the beasts to keep their day's journey prosperous and without discomfort. This action not only gave these bulls longer lives, but kept the farmer steadfast in his path to success and prosperity.
SGA dedicated the bull statue as a symbol of good fortune to all and asks that those passing by touch or pat the hoof of the bull. We hope you will have an opportunity to stop by to see USF's newest bull statue, read the legend that created the new tradition, and touch the hoof for good fortune!
(April 2013) Amid the sounds of fabulous jazz played by USF student musicians, University faculty, staff and students engaged in conversation or just listened to the music, ate lunch, enjoyed the view and experienced a wonderful lunchtime at the West Pond Pavilion. The weather cooperated with a nice breeze keeping the air from becoming too hot. Smells of barbeque from Mom & Pop's BBQ was in the air adding to the festival vibe of the event. View photos from the event.
Across campus, come discover the West Pond Pavilion! Located on the west side of campus adjacent to Simmons Park (southwest of FAH), the West Pond Pavilion is another new outdoor space that provides a tranquil and shaded area for students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy our beautiful campus.
(March 2013) At USF, the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our priority. More than 40,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, as well as many visitors are going to class, work, and visiting for events on the USF Tampa Campus. They walk, drive cars, ride bicycles, use skateboards and golf carts to travel around the campus. It is important that everyone respects their fellow Bulls and acts in a predictable, safe manner.
The USF Street Smart Program was developed by University Police and Environmental Health & Safety to help inform and bring attention to the importance of safety on and around our roadways. Please take a minute to review the video and additional information on this website to help keep you and the rest of the USF community safe.