Hurricane Season Has Begun

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



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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.



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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