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Hurricane Season Is Here. Be Prepared.

June 1st marks the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane season, so for those of us living along the Gulf Coast it is time to prepare for what promises to be another active season. In early May, members of the UHD Emergency Management Board met to review the university’s hurricane preparedness plan in anticipation of another busy storm season.  As has been past practice, UHD’s Office of Emergency Management uses this opportunity to remind members of our community about the importance of hurricane preparedness on a personal level.

Here are a few helpful tips to address home and campus hurricane preparedness.

Home safety
It is important that your hurricane plan takes into account all of the members of your household, as well as your pets. Have a basic hurricane kit ready, know your evacuation route, and communicate with your family and friends. Monitor severe weather through trusted sources like the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service.

Campus preparedness
Keep a small bag with emergency supplies, in your car or in your backpack, that includes extra prescription medication, contact lenses (including a case and solution), a small flashlight, and a phone charger. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to monitor the weather closely whether they are on or off campus. During severe weather, stay informed by monitoring UHD Alerts (distributed via text, email, Twitter and Facebook) for campus emergency messages.

Update Your Contact Information
Remember to update your contact information to receive UHD Alerts (through email and text). In addition, UHD community members are encouraged to utilize the University's other communication channels (UHD News and social media) to receive timely emergency notifications.

Sign up for alerts at UHD's Emergency Management site and bookmark the following sites to receive important emergency messages:

Remember, Hurricane Season is in effect through November 30. Let’s all do our part to stay “weather aware” and begin preparing, just in case a big storm comes our way. Stay Safe, Gators!