Early hurricane prep can keep you safe when storms strike

May 31, 2023
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The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30.

The Atlantic hurricane season is here, and Florida Poly wants to encourage everyone within the University community to be prepared in case a storm comes our way.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center expects that the 2023 hurricane season will include 12 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes of Category 3 or above. The NOAA has 70% confidence in the ranges provided in this year’s forecast. 

Taking steps now before a possible threat of severe weather can reduce anxiety and help everyone avoid potential dangers as storms approach throughout hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30. These links can help you prepare and stay informed.

  • Florida Poly Alerts is the University’s primary channel for emergency communication and is where you will receive immediate information if a hurricane or any other serious event affects Florida Poly. Florida Poly email is used as a follow-up to the emergency alerts with more detailed information. All students are automatically enrolled in Florida Poly Alerts using their current contact information in CAMS and employees are enrolled using their current information in Workday.  
  • Take advantage of the annual Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from now through June 9. Visit this link to learn about what items are included. 
  • Build a disaster supply kit. This can help you and your loved ones remain safe through a hurricane or other emergency. 
  • Make a plan. Those who have a disaster plan in place can minimize confusion and worry during a hurricane. This checklist can help you prepare. 
  • 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 local weather resources. You also can call 211 during a disaster to get information about emergency shelters, food distribution, grief counseling, clean up, and more.
  • For more local information, visit Polk County’s disaster preparedness website.
  • Monitor Florida Poly’s website and social media for important information that may affect you as storms approach throughout the season. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include information about Florida Poly Alerts.


Lydia Guzmán
Director of Communications