As the National Hurricane Center tracks Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, it’s a good time to revisit your personal
disaster preparedness plans. The atmospheric disturbance is expected to become Tropical
Storm Isaias soon and possibly make landfall in Florida by this weekend.
With a hurricane season that forecasters expect to be busier than normal, these preparations
can’t wait. By taking simple steps today, everyone at Florida Polytechnic University
can feel assured that they are ready to respond when strong storms approach the area.
The following links will help you prepare and stay informed during the Atlantic hurricane
season, which ends on Nov. 30.
Sign up or update your Florida Poly Alerts contact information to receive important messages if a hurricane or other serious
event could affect Florida Poly.
Create an emergency kit. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has created a guide to assist you in
creating an emergency supplies kit to last you and your family for at least seven
Make a plan. Those who have a disaster plan in place can minimize confusion and worry during
a hurricane. Forbes has created an extensive checklist that can help you cover all your bases. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also
created a template to help with communication during a disaster.
Stay informed. In addition to listening to the battery-operated radio in your emergency
kit, it’s important to monitor resources such as the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and other local weather resources. You also can call 211 during a disaster to get
information about emergency shelter, food distribution, grief counseling, clean up