Hurricane Season Kickoff

June is the first month of Hurricane season, dedicate this month to getting prepared.

Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st and USF Emergency Management is reminding you to Be Prepared! Although the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is estimating an above-normal season for 2017, it only takes one storm to cause a disaster.

Florida is well known for its hurricanes, so it's important to be prepared at home, work, and on campus. Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day. In fact, 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States impact Florida. Hurricane season spans from June 1 to November 30, the best way to prevent hardship from any hurricane is to be prepared and have a plan. Your individual preparedness not only greatly contributes to the overall preparedness of the USF community, but also aids in faster recovery from any storm, minor or major.

USF is a StormReady University! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) recognizes USF as a leader in severe weather preparedness and our commitment to safety. USF maintains and establishes plans, programs, and notification systems to enhance preparedness and response to hurricane occurrences.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Read the USF System Hurricane Guide
  2. Build or restock your disaster kit
  3. Prepare your home. (i.e. secure any loose shutters, clear clogged drainage areas)
  4. Are you on campus? Living in off campus apartments? Know where to go if evacuation is necessary. Residential students can find information about hurricane preparedness on the Housing website.
  5. Keep informed through emergency notifications and alerts. MoBull Messenger is a great way to receive emergency information.

Additional information about hurricane preparedness, checklists for use in offices and residences, and the University's Hurricane Guide can be found here.

Remember: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

Be Prepared!