Tropical Weather

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 2017 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.


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.

Student Hurricane Guide

The Hurricane Guide for Students contains useful guidance for all members of the Eckerd College community.

Hurricane Plan

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.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Eckerd College initiated development of this Hazard Mitigation Plan because of long-standing awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards.