Tropical Storm Warning – Tropical storm force winds are forecasted in the Pensacola area by the National Hurricane Center within the next 24 hours along with possible heavy rains. The university will monitor the situation and heed advice from the local Emergency Management Operations Center.
Hurricane Watch – This means that a hurricane has been reported or is forecasted to form and is considered a possible danger to this area within 36 hours. The campus remains open and will continue to function normally until further notice.
Hurricane Warning – When the storm
is in the Gulf and there is an increased possibility of the storm making
land fall at or near Pensacola within 24 hours.
UWF shall initiate hurricane preparation procedures when a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. Once the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane warning for the Pensacola area, the university president shall issue information regarding the continued operation of the university or cancellation of classes. Employees are advised to await official word from the University before closing offices and evacuating campus.
University Closing - When the hurricane
conditions are expected in the Pensacola area, early decisions will be
made to cancel classes or close the university. All classes and campus
activities scheduled for the closing dates will be canceled. Employees
should complete emergency preparation in their offices and check-in with
their supervisors before leaving work.
Students living on campus are permitted to go home if they can do so safely. Students who leave campus are requested to provide the housing staff with contact information and are encouraged to notify their parents of their plans. Students who are unable to leave campus will be permitted to remain in their residence halls and apartments.
Shelter Evacuation - In the event of a direct
landfall by the storm, students may be required to evacuate to the shelter
located in the University Commons (Building 22). This shelter will be staffed
by university personnel, and the facility is supported by a back-up generator.
Food and basic first aid will be provided in the shelter. A decision regarding
student evacuation to the shelter will be made as the storm progresses.
Should the shelter be activated, incoming calls for information can be
made to 1-866-UWF-NEWS.
When hurricane conditions are expected in the Pensacola area, the decision may be made to evacuate students to the hurricane shelter located in the University Commons (Building 22). This means that all residents remaining on campus (except those in Pace and Martin Hall) will be required to move immediately to the shelter for the remainder of the storm. Pace and Martin Hall residents may not be required to evacuate and should check with housing staff in their buildings before leaving. Once students check into the shelter, they will not be permitted to leave until after the storm has passed. Students are requested not to attempt to travel to off-campus destinations.
Students should bring bedding, several changes of clothes, personal hygiene items, flashlights, books, snacks and any necessary medication to the shelter. The shelter will provide basic food and first aid services, and is equipped with a back-up generator. Students should notify their parents that they are moving to the shelter and provide their parents with the shelter phone number for emergency contact. That number is 1-866-UWF-NEWS. Classes will remain closed until further notice.
Notification regarding the storm and status of the campus will continually be available through WUWF-FM 88.1 and also on the WUWF Web page.
Hurricane Shelter Number Message - 1-866-UWF-NEWS (893-6397). When this number is activated, a verbal update using the appropriate above information will be placed on the recording. In addition, the phone would be forwarded to the following numbers and contain the following information:
When the shelter is not activated, the phone will forward to the university information number and state: “At this point, the shelter has not been activated for the university and students are permitted to stay in their rooms. Please press (4) if you wish to be connected to the University Information Center for further information or assistance.”
Once the shelter has been activated, calls should be forwarded to (1) x2405 (front desk), (2) x2010 (back office) and then (3) x7300 (managers office), in that order. The recorded message should contain the above information and: “If you wish to be connected to the University Shelter at this time, please press (1) and you will be forwarded to the next available staff member.”
Due to the number of resident students needing shelter, the university does not encourage employees and their families to use our facilities as shelter space. However, the families of university employees who are required to work may stay on campus during the storm.
In Escambia County, Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County, various facilites have been designated as Emergency Shelters. Persons seeking shelter, not specifically included in the essential service employees categories listed above, should report to one of the designated County Shelters. As a public facility, university buildings are subject to being used as emergency shelters by the American Red Cross and Escambia County Emergency Management in times of extreme need. Therefore, please adhere to the request to secure your office areas and remove any personal belongings of value. The university has designated certain buildings to be used as public shelters, shelters for essential service employees, and those in which occupancy is not permitted.