The University of Florida and surrounding areas can experience several types of severe weather during different seasons of the year.The information and resources below are intended for you to become more ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events. Many of the facts included were provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative and the Florida Hazardous Weather Awareness project of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
As a StormReady University, the University of Florida is part of a nationwide preparedness program coordinated by the National Weather Service (NWS) to help arm America’s universities, and communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property-before and during a severe weather event. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. No university or community is storm proof, but being part of the StormReady program can help save lives.
In order to qualify as a StormReady University, University of Florida had to meet rigorous criteria established by the NWS and then undergo a comprehensive inspection of our systems by meteorologists from the NWS in order to prove compliance.
The required criteria included:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point emergency operations center.
- Implement numerous ways to receive severe weather warnings and have mechanisms in place to disseminate the information to the campus community.
- Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
- Promote public readiness throughout the campus
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises