Hazardous Weather Safety
The official Hurricane Season runs from June 1 - November 30, but tropical storms can developed before and after that window of time. It's important to have supplies and a plan in place before a storm develops. Make sure you review USF's Hurricane Guide for important information on USF's hurricane preparations and steps you can take to make sure you're ready if a storm should threaten the area.
Most active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because most incidents are over within minutes, you must be prepared to deal with the situation until law enforcement arrives. Preparedness and awareness are the keys to helping protect our employees, our customers, and ourselves. A protective actions video titled "Shots Fired on Campus" is available for checkout at the USF Tampa campus library. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also provides online protective actions and workplace violence courses.
Because a tornado is part of a severe convective storm, tornadoes are not limited to any specific geographic location. In fact, tornadoes have been documented in every state of the United States. Florida is one of two regions in the United States with a disproportionately high frequency of tornadoes. The other, commonly known as "Tornado Alley", is positioned in the mid-west/south-central region of the country. Florida has numerous tornadoes simply due to the high frequency of almost daily thunderstorms.
While the official Tornado season for Florida is February-May, many tornadoes have formed in the Tampa Bay area as early as December. Now's the time to get prepared! Click here to learn more.
The University of South Florida’s top priority is the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors.
In the event of an emergency, official notifications will be updated as changes occur or there are cancellations to report.
For the latest emergency information, always check the main USF Website at usf.edu.
To learn more about USF's public safety initiatives and notification systems, including MoBull Messenger emergency text messages, campus sirens, USF's emergency hotline, emergency messaging on campus digital screens and much more, read this article in USF News.