Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Hurricane Irma has already become the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. Its winds already surpass 185mph and are estimated to hit Florida by the end of the week.
Dennis Feltgen, director of the NHC (National Hurricane Center), said that "hurricane winds will start to feel on Saturday, but the worst will come on Sunday."
In preparation for the impending severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Irma, MAU activities and classes will remain normal today and cancelled from Thursday 7 through the weekend. Once the weather has cleared we will notify our students, as we resume normal business hours.
If this type of emergency is new for you, we recommend reviewing these tips on how to be prepared for hurricane season (https://www.maufl.edu/News/be-prepared-for-the-hurricane-season.html) or checking the Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane guide (http://www.miamidade.gov/hurricane/)
Here are some other essential measures to take during a hurricane/storm:
- Design an escape plan at home in case of an emergency.
- Have plenty of water bottles and non-perishable food.
- Have a first aid kit available for use.
- Keep all your personal documents safe and at hand.
- Stock up on batteries, flashlights, toiletries, and a portable radio.
- Have all emergency contacts at hand.
Remember to call 911 for any Life-Threatening Emergency
Yesterday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez, announced that he could order the evacuation of the areas closest to the coast. If you would like to determine if your home is in a storm surge planning zone, visit http://gisweb.miamidade.gov/communityservices/, enter your address, and select the emergency management tab or call the Miami-Dade County Answer Center at 3-1-1.
If case you are in an evacuation zone, look for the closest evacuation center available here:http://www.miamidade.gov/fire/evacuations.asp or use this evacuation zone map (http://www.miamidade.gov/fire/library/OEM/evacuation-zone-map-2013.pdf)
Evacuating locally to the home of a friend or family member outside of the evacuation area is highly recommended. Hurricane Evacuation Centers should be utilized when that alternative does not exist.
Download these apps
- Nextdoor: Connects community residents during emergencies such as a hurricane.
- Fema: Provides information on preparedness, response and recovery in case of natural disasters.
- Gas Buddy: This app helps you find gas stations near you
- NOAA World Radar: Provides information on hurricane route, wind speed and alert quadrants.
After the hurricane
Please, stay tuned to all official TV news and notifications posted on the MAU Alerts website for weather updates and actions to take in this emergency.
Let's continue to pray and hope everything is OK.
Please stay safe!
Aristides Maza Duerto PhD