Official UCF Hurricane Message from President Hitt
Dear UCF Students, Faculty Members, and Staff Members:
Florida's hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th, and UCF's hurricane policies and procedures are summarized below. Please familiarize yourself with them as we prepare for the 2016 hurricane season.
According to the National Hurricane Center, this hurricane season is expected to be one of the most active seasons in recent years. Some part of Florida is threatened by a hurricane or tropical storm each year, and the center provides information about hurricanes and other severe weather at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. During any threatening weather, UCF's Office of Emergency Management monitors this site and sends official weather reports to all vice presidents, deans, regional campus directors, and me.
If a serious storm or hurricane threatens our region, the Governor and I have the authority to cancel classes or close campuses, and we do so in consultation with other area colleges, school districts, and government offices. If we cancel classes or close the university, UCF News and Information will disseminate details to local TV and radio outlets, including WUCF radio 89.9 FM, and we will post this information on the UCF home page at http://www.ucf.edu. Additionally, a list of other media outlets and hurricane resources is available at http://emergency.ucf.edu/hurricanes.html.
When it is necessary - as it was during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne in 2004 - UCF enacts its Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, coordinated by William Merck, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Storm closings typically require UCF to open campus ride-out locations for resident students. Jeff Morgan, Director of Security and Emergency Management, will activate the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate mission critical services such as security, utilities, dining services, and ride-out location support. Details of our Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan are posted on the Office of Emergency Management Website at http://emergency.ucf.edu/plans.html.
While we hope to escape hurricanes this season, we are wise to prepare well and to educate ourselves in case an emergency occurs. I know I can count on you to do your part to keep the UCF community safe.
John C. Hitt