Hurricanes / Tropical Weather

Before the storm

  • Build or restock an emergency kit.
  • Fuel vehicles and generators.
  • Refill needed prescriptions.
  • Secure or bring in outside items such as lawn furniture, grills, and potted plants.
  • Inform family and friends of plan, especially if sheltering in a different location than residence.

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.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. Candles can increase the risk of a fire.
  • Understand that emergency services might not be able to respond during the storm.
  • Stay tuned to local media and the UF website for updated information.

After the storm

  • Avoid downed power lines, flooded area, and debris.
  • Document any damage to your property with pictures.
  • Take reasonable actions to protect your property from further damage.
  • Check on your neighbors.
  • Expect delays and inconveniences.
  • Campus may be damaged so please use care when traveling around it to avoid Notify UF Police Department at (352) 392-1111 of any downed trees or hazards around campus.


UF Department of Emergency Management (UFDEM)


UF Hurricane Survival Guide

UF Emergency Kit Checklist

Version Date: February 2024