Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:28 PM
As UCF prepares for Hurricane Irma, we remind you to prioritize your personal safety.
We strongly urge that students who live on campus move to safe off-campus locations by noon Friday, Sept. 8. Students with special needs should make plans now to relocate off campus.
Students who live on-campus and have not evacuated will be required to move into a campus ride-out location by 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
Ride-out locations will open at 2 p.m. Saturday. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the ride-out locations. Students must be checked in no later than 6 p.m. Saturday.
The ride-out locations are determined by residence hall and will be as follows:
Students who live in all four Towers will be allowed to stay in their buildings.
Students who live in all other on-campus residence halls will be required to relocate to a ride-out location.
Students who live in Knights Circle, the Pointe at Central and NorthView are not required to leave their buildings, but the Nicholson School of Communication will be available to those who prefer to be in an on-campus ride-out location.
No families, friends or non-service animals will be allowed to ride out the storm in UCF residence halls or ride out locations.
We cannot guarantee comforts such as power, water, food and medical assistance. This is why —with a few days’ notice before the storm’s expected impact on Central Florida — students who live on campus are highly encouraged to find a safe place to stay off campus.
Students should pack enough water, food, medication, etc. to sustain them for at least 72 hours. Students also should bring practical comforts such as pillows, blankets, games, cell phone chargers, etc.
As a reminder, the university does not serve as a public shelter during hurricanes. Students who live in nonaffiliated, off-campus will not have access to campus ride-out locations.
We will share local shelter information as it becomes available.
Students who live on campus may leave their vehicle parked on campus as their permit allows.
All students who are evacuating or moving to a ride-out location should take the following precautions to protect their residence:
Shuttles will be available to take students to the Publix Super Market located at the University Palms Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. More information about the grocery shuttles is available here. No other shuttle routes will be available.
At this point, UCF will remain closed through Monday. Students will be permitted to leave their ride out location or residence hall once crews deem campus safe. Those who evacuated campus also will be allowed to return once their residence hall once the campus all-clear has been given.
UCF will monitor the hurricane and share more information about campus closures and openings as information is available. Regular updates will be shared on UCF’s website and through the university’s official social media accounts, primarily Facebook and Twitter.
More information about ride-out locations is available here.