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Be Storm Ready - USFSP Hurricane Guide
More than 90 years have passed since the Tampa Bay area has been directly impacted by a major hurricane. Although hurricane forecasters are predicting an average or lower than average hurricane season this year (predicting 12 named storms), it only takes one storm to create disaster. Hurricane preparedness is crucial for your survival from these destructive storms. Learn more about Hurricane Preparedness in the USFSP Hurricane Guide.
Preparing Your Laboratory for a Hurricane
As you are preparing to leave your laboratory in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, USF Division of Environmental Health and Safety recommends the following minimum guidelines:
Please protect your laboratory and research equipment. During hurricane season it is imperative that employees and departments protect and secure their areas. This will minimize the potential damage and loss of research in the event of a hurricane.
For assistance or additional information, please contact the Division of Environmental Health & Safety
Preparing Your Office for a Hurricane
If a Hurricane Warning is issued for the Tampa Bay Area and the USF Operations Plan is activated, the following checklist provides some recommended actions to prepare and preserve your work area.
During hurricane season it is imperative that each employee and each department have a plan of protective action for their work area. This will minimize the potential damage and loss of work should a hurricane strike the Tampa Bay area. Please contact the Division of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management for further information and assistance at 974-4036.
Preparing Yourself and Your Family
The Tampa Bay Region's Official Hurricane Guide includes your county's hurricane evacuation map and information on what you need to do to prepare for hurricane season. Spanish-language versions are also available. There may be changes to the region's evacuation zones each year, so be sure to check your county's latest hurricane guide.