Hurricanes / Tropical Weather

If the area is threatened by tropical weather:

Before the storm

  • Ensure disaster supply kit is stocked – see checklist below
  • Inform family and friends of plan, especially if sheltering in a different location than residence
  • Refill needed prescriptions
  • Fuel vehicle/generators
  • 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 the risk of a fire
  • Understand that emergency services might not be able to respond during the storm

After the storm

  • Document any damage with pictures
  • Take reasonable actions to protect your property from further damage
  • Check on your neighbors
  • Avoid downed power lines and flooded areas
  • Expect delays and inconveniences
  • Even campus may be damaged, so please use care when traveling around it to avoid hazards

Source: UF Department of Emergency Management (UFDEM)

Resources:

UF Hurricane Survival Guide

UF Disaster Supply Checklist

Version Date: February 2021