Hurricane Ian Information for the UF Scripps Community

The following Hurricane Ian Information for the UF Scripps Community is effective as of Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5:45 p.m.

Our hearts are with our fellow Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, especially on the state’s west coast, where damage from storm surge and wind is severe. Here in Jupiter, it appears that the outlook regarding adverse storm impacts is improving. The campus remains open.

Employees who need to work remotely on Thursday should discuss their individual duties and circumstances with their supervisors. Palm Beach County Schools will be closed for a second day, and so many parents and other caregivers may need accommodations. Children are not allowed on campus.

Please note that FedEx and UPS will be closed on Thursday, and so Shipping and Receiving will be closed as well, and will reopen on Friday. There will be no outbound shipments, including sequencing service pick-ups, during this period. Should you have any questions, please contact Adrian Orozco.

The University of Florida campus in Gainesville remains closed through Friday. The weather hazards continue, so please continue to monitor your UF email, the scripps.ufl.edu homepage and the UF Scripps Emergency Hotline, 561-228-2999 for updates.

The UF GatorSafe alert system is used to send notifications about campus closures. The system draws contact information from the University of Florida’s One.UF directory profile. Please check and update your information here: https://one.uf.edu/directoryprofile/.

By now, labs should have taken steps to secure equipment and chemicals. The Environmental Health and Safety Department recommends that laboratories take the following steps:

  • Update emergency contact information on signs and postings within your lab (such as freezers and cell culture rooms).
  • Move chemicals to appropriate storage locations.
    • Store water-reactive chemicals in tightly sealed, waterproof containers.
    • Place flammable materials in approved flammable cabinets.
    • Move all chemicals away from exterior windows.
  • Ensure that gas cylinders are capped and secured to a permanent fixture using a cylinder strap or chain.
  • Unplug all non-essential equipment (such as hotplates, magnetic stirrers, heat mantles.)
  • Use surge protectors to protect sensitive equipment in the event of a power surge.
  • Ensure that all bench-mounted gas fixtures are in the “off” position.

Useful storm information can be found on the following government websites:

The National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

The National Weather Service, Miami: https://www.weather.gov/mfl/

Palm Beach County Department of Public Safety: http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/default.aspx

See also the PBC DART smart phone app, for information about evacuation zones, shelters and storm preparation.

State of Florida Division of Emergency Response: https://www.floridadisaster.org/

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Citizen Corps: https://www.ready.gov/

Updated 9/28/22 at 5:45 p.m.

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