Hazardous Weather Safety
Though more than 90 years have passed since the Tampa Bay area has been directly impacted by a major hurricane, some weather experts consider Tampa to be overdue for a major storm. In 2013, the Weather Channel ranked Tampa as the #1 hurricane city most overdue for a storm and most vulnerable if one should strike, because of complacency. Your individual preparedness actions greatly contribute to USF’s ability to prepare, respond to and recover from any storm, minor or major. The USF 2014 Hurricane Guide posted on this website was developed to help you prepare.
This guide also serves as your “ready reference” of the specific campus-wide activities that are likely to occur, should a tropical storm or hurricane threaten the University of South Florida. Remember, tropical cyclones can intensify and change direction within hours. We encourage you to stay observant of changing weather conditions during this hazardous season. Additional hurricane preparedness information is available from the FEMA website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
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 usf.edu.