Hurricane Information

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Although the National Hurricane Center has predicted 2015 to be a below-normal season, it only takes one storm to cause a disaster, and preparedness is key. Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 mph and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day. 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida, so it is very important to be alert and prepared.


USF Emergency Management monitors all storms that have the potential to impact the Tampa Bay area and will communicate to the USF Community storm updates and projected impacts.  USF’s Hurricane Guide provides further information on campus operations and preparedness tips; view the 2015 USF Hurricane Guide.


How you can prepare:

  • Monitor the weather all season and remain aware of any impending storms.
  • Sign up for MoBull Messenger to receive text-message based emergency notifications at
  • Be proactive! Have a disaster supply kit ready year round.The disaster kit should have enough supplies for at least 72 hours and should contain:
    • Important Documents (license, passport, insurance policies) and cash
    • Flashlight, weather radio, and extra batteries
    • Food, water and can opener (1 gallon of water per person, per day)
    • Clothes/ blanket/closed-toe shoes


Visit for more information on building a disaster supply kit.


Hurricane Preparedness at USF


Guardian Public Safety Program Enhancements

USF is making important updates to enhance the accessibility of our public safety applications. As of July 31, the Guardian program will only be available for through the RAVE Guardian smartphone app.


Guardian will easily allow you to set a "precautionary timer" within the app as you travel from one area of the Tampa campus to another. The timer is set as you leave a location and cancelled through the app within in a specified amount of time when you arrive at your destination. The app will provide you reminder notifications to cancel the timer prior to the expiration. If the timer does not get canceled and expires, University Police will be alerted and are provided with critical profile information and a physical location via GPS so that they may assist you.


To continue using the Guardian feature, please download the RAVE Guardian mobile app to your smartphone via the Apple iTunes or Google Play app stores and follow the registration instructions within the app. Additional information can be found at


As of July 31, the previous Guardian call-in system will no longer be active.


If you have any questions, please contact



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Personal Protective Actions

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.



If you are the victim of a crime, the University of South Florida is ready to assist you in the manner that you determine is best for you. If you desire confidentiality, there are campus and community resources that will respect that decision. View resources for victims of Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence or Stalking >



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