Hurricane season 2022 officially kicked-off on June 1st, and in less than 72 hours into the season there’s a tropical system already headed our way. Today the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced a tropical storm warning for the Florida Keys, South and Central Florida. According to NHC, southern and central portions of Florida should expect heavy rains and potential flooding this Saturday from tropical storm Alex.
Millennia Atlantic University (MAU) is closely monitoring the tropical storm, and advice our students, staff, and faculty to be prepared and have their disaster kit ready for any future hurricanes. Hurricane season lasts from June 1st through November 30th, so you can build your supplies over time by adding a few items each week or month.
Miami-Dade County recommends a hurricane supply checklist that includes seven days’ worth of nonperishable food, water, battery-powered devices, and a first-aid kit.
While we all hope that this hurricane season passes smoothly, the University has developed emergency procedures in case we face a hurricane or tropical storm.
Should an emergency occur, the University will inform students, faculty and staff of any changes in scheduling and/or cancellation of classes on our MAU Alerts webpage (https://www.maufl.edu/en/news-and-events/mau-alerts) and our social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).
To ensure everyone’s safety, it is important that our offices have your most recent and accurate personal contact information. Students may check their personal information in the MAU student portal and if you need to update your personal information such as email or address, please contact our Student Services Department. Faculty and staff should verify and update personal information through the TriNet self-service portal.
Due to the unpredictable nature of hurricanes and storms, we urge the MAU community to prepare a fully stocked three-day emergency supply kit. Guidelines on how to create an emergency supply kit can be found on Miami Dade’s 2022 Official Hurricane Readiness Guide.
The essential items to include in an emergency kit are as follows:
- Water-one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
- Food- at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Radios- battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
- Flashlights- one flashlight per person.
- Batteries- for at least three days.
- Fully charged portable electronic devices with charger
- First aid kit.
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Hand Sanitizers.
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
- Local maps.
- Pet food and extra water for your pet.
- Important documents, identification, passport, insurance information.
Remember to be prepared and ready, because it only takes one storm to disrupt or endanger our lives.
Your Campus President,
Aristides Maza Duerto