UCF does not serve as a public shelter during hurricanes.
What must happen before campus reopens?
UCF will have damage assessment teams staged on campus riding out the storm so they can immediately begin to do their jobs once it is safe to. We will begin reopening campus as roads and facilities are declared safe. Continue to check your email and UCF’s social media accounts for the latest updates
Where can my loved ones and I find the latest information about UCF’s status?
How do I sign up to receive UCF Alerts?
All students, faculty and staff members are automatically enrolled to receive UCF Alert text and email messages.
To update contact information, log in to your myUCF account. Click on Student or Employee Self Service on the left-hand side. Under Personal Information, click on UCF Alert. Fill in the required information and click save.
UCF students and employees also may add secondary email accounts, such as for a parent or partner
What goes into making the decision to shut down campus?
Although closing campus disrupts classes, research and normal university operations, safety is our absolute priority, and in consultation with local and state leaders, the university may decide to close its campuses.
Timing for campus closures is designed to give our community time to prepare before a storm’s forecasted impact and to evacuate if they choose.
How seriously should I take hurricanes?
Hurricanes are large storms that produce fast winds and heavy rain. There are five types of hurricanes based on wind speed.
Hurricanes can produce heavy flooding and lead to power outages and other hazardous damage. The dangerous wind speeds also make it unsafe for first responders to be on the roads during the height of the storm.
That’s why it’s critical that you have a plan for a safe location to ride-out the storm that includes stocking up on any supplies necessary to sustain you for 72 hours, should the storm’s impact prevent regular businesses and services from immediate reopening once the storm passes.
Is there anything I can do to help members of the UCF community
UCF encourages you to remember that Knights Pantry is available to take donations of any extra, unneeded hurricane supplies. Knights Pantry relies on the support of the UCF community to provide food, toiletries, and clothing to students in need. The Pantry is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Donations can be made around the clock at any of the donation bins spread across campus.
Learn more about Knights Pantry, as well as a list of items in high demand.