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Eckerd College is fully operational at this time. In case of an emergency, an alert will be issued and information will be posted here.
Thank you for visiting this site, which is maintained by the Eckerd College Hurricane Emergency Management Group. Throughout the tropical storm season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30, Eckerd College maintains this tropical weather site as a service to the members of our community. We invite students, faculty, staff, trustees, and their families to use this site as a resource for planning and information. Information about storm preparations, College closure and re-opening, cancellations and rescheduling, evacuations, and other storm-related matters are posted on this site.
Eckerd College is prepared for the 2015 hurricane season. The Hurricane Emergency Management Group (Hurricane EMG) is now in a monitoring mode, keeping an eye on National Hurricane Center and Storm Prediction Center forecasts regarding the development of any tropical storm systems that may form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean basin, and Gulf of Mexico and possibly pose a threat to the Tampa Bay region. We encourage all members of the Eckerd College community to do the same.
Readiness in the 2015 Season
The Hurricane Emergency Management Group encourages all members of the Eckerd College community to take this time to review personal plans at home. Being prepared at home contributes to the resilience of our college and our community. Below are several resources that can help you in planning for severe tropical weather. You can also read our FAQ.
The Hurricane Guide for Students contains useful guidance for all members of the Eckerd College community.
Residence life and student life staff are always available to assist families with their plans. Contact information is provided below.
Students and their families should use this time now to explore ideas about where students will go if an evacuation order is issued. Pinellas County Emergency Management advises residents to consider public shelters as a last resort; residents are encouraged to make their own plans for safe lodging at reinforced homes of friends and relatives or newer hotels in county or to have laid in place plans to evacuate the county in a timely way.
Students may want to include in their plans locations within driving distance of Pinellas County as well as plane travel to their homes that are further away. To help families budget their students' travels, we encourage families to consider purchasing advance refundable plane tickets that may be used during hurricane season, if needed, and then for travel during holidays otherwise. Students also may wish to budget to share car expenses when driving to places out of Pinellas County and hotel expenses for lodging in and out of Pinellas County.
Students who live off campus should know their evacuation zone. They should develop plans in the event Pinellas County orders an evacuation of their area. We encourage students to have plans to find lodging in structures reinforced for hurricane conditions within the County, if the students choose to stay in Pinellas County, and in locations outside Pinellas County.
Student Affairs will provide assistance to students and families who would like to discuss evacuation options. Students who need assistance should call Student Affairs at 727-864-8421 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 7, 2015
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
I am very appreciative of the great steps forward you have taken to increase the College’s preparedness for the threat of hurricanes. At the same time, the serious difficulties at Tulane, Loyola, Xavier and other schools in the aftermath of Katrina, along with Texas A & M at Galveston and others in the wake of Ike, and more recently, the risk and damage along the eastern seaboard due to Sandy, underscore the vital importance of every faculty member having a plan to continue delivering Autumn Term and Fall semester courses should a hurricane require evacuation and prolonged closure of the campus.
It is essential that we be able to say to our students and their parents that our courses will continue, even if the campus is closed for a time. We do not want to find ourselves in a situation in which our students believe it is necessary to transfer in order to continue their education. That is why I earnestly request that every faculty member undertake appropriate planning and preparation, and then during the coming Autumn Term and Fall semester, follow through by doing everything s/he can to provide our students with the best possible learning experience in whatever conditions we encounter.
To assist in this task, the attached document, Hurricane Preparedness and the Academic Program, outlines expectations for faculty in preparing and continuing to deliver their Autumn Term and Fall semester courses. I recommend that you save the document as a guide.
In addition I urge Discipline Coordinators to share this document with their adjunct and newly hired faculty and then follow up with them individually.
Also at this time, I ask Collegial Chairs to update and distribute to their faculty the collegium’s Individual Responsibility Checklist that outlines the tasks every faculty member is expected to follow to secure their offices before leaving for the entire summer or an extended period of time, or in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.
You have my great appreciation for taking these measures. They are all in our interest.
Dean of Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Eckerd College initiated development of this Hazard Mitigation Plan because of long-standing awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards.
The Hurricane Plan establishes organizational structure and procedures for preparation and response to tropical storms and hurricanes that may affect the College. It delineates and clarifies the roles of each part of the Eckerd College community as we work together to help protect the College. The purpose is to improve our preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery capabilities so that we can quickly resume our operations and keep the College operating even in the event of damage to the physical plant.