June 1 marked the start of hurricane season, a period that lasts until Nov. 30 when conditions are more favorable for a severe weather event.

Experts are calling for an above-normal hurricane season this year, more active than any season in the past three years. Of the 14 names storms that have already been forecasted, eight are predicted to become hurricanes and four are predicted to turn into major hurricanes.

UCF’s Office of Emergency Management prepares UCF to respond to and recover from natural disasters and other threats, but it’s important to take precautions as individuals so that you and your loved ones are prepared to evacuate or ride out a storm. Steps should include developing a plan and building a hurricane safety kit.

A good hurricane safety kit should allow you to survive on your own for 72 hours and include basic survival essentials like water, food, communication tools and flashlights. More information is available in a video here.

During any threatening weather, Emergency Management works with the National Hurricane Center to monitor the weather and update the campus community. Emergency updates will be posted on https://www.ucf.edu and distributed through the UCF Alert mass notification system.

Additional information is available in UCF’s Hurricane Guide.