Resources for Storm Preparation

The Atlantic hurricane season occurs from June 1 to Nov. 30. New to Florida or new to storm prep on your own? Start by reviewing the sites and bookmarking resources from UF and Alachua County, below. You’ll get updated, reliable information on a storm’s impact to campus, campus closures and emergency plans, and effects to infrastructure like RTS bus service.

All updates on a storm’s potential impact to campus will be posted on A banner image (like the one shown) will go live atop the UF homepage in plenty of time for you to prepare. The homepage serves as the official source of emergency information for the university community. UFIT frequently updates the page with the latest information from the National Weather Service, the university’s emergency operations center, and from UF regarding class cancellations and provisions for students who live on-campus.

Additional Resources:

UF Alerts: New students are automatically enrolled in the system using their cell number provided during the course registration process. Faculty and staff are encouraged to enroll by adding their cell number in the emergency contact section of
GatorSafe is UF’s official safety and security app. GatorSafe has a lot of great information available, so don’t wait for an emergency to download!
Alert Alachua: Text “ALACHUA” to 888777 for countywide alerts about large-scale events and emergencies.

Prepare for Hurricane Ian

With Hurricane Ian potentially impacting much of the State of Florida, now is the time to prepare while it is still in the Gulf of Mexico. Gators, know that updated news about campus closings and other important information is available at This link is also featured as the top header on UF’s homepage and will remain so throughout this weather emergency.

Here are some tech recommendations to consider when campus is in the path of a storm:

Conserve your laptop battery by exiting out of unused apps and turning on your device’s power-saving mode. Contact your local IT staff if you need assistance making these changes
Connect with your area’s building emergency coordinator for directions on how to secure work areas prior to a weather event or university closing
Update your desktop phone’s voicemail so colleagues have an alternative method for contacting you if necessary. Check out UFIT’s Unity Phones help page for setting up and accessing voicemail when away from the office
Back up important work files using one of UF’s free cloud storage options, like UF Dropbox or OneDrive

Stay safe, Gators!