Archive: Hurricane Irma Update #3

Friday, September 8, at 1:15 p.m.

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Changes Since Last Update

Hurricane Irma is currently a category 4 storm. We are not under any watches or warnings at this time; however, the National Weather Service will probably issue a hurricane watch for our area by this evening.

Recent forecasts predict the storm will move north up the Florida peninsula. We will probably begin to see heavy rainfall tomorrow evening (Saturday). The most significant wind and rain will probably arrive early Monday morning and continue through Monday.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for zones A and B in Jacksonville. The lowest parts of campus are in zone C, but the residence halls where students will be during the storm are not in an evacuation zone.

Student Information

All residential students: Complete the form at

Student relocation

Based on expected weather conditions, the Emergency Preparedness Team has decided to require students who remain on campus and live in either North Hall or the Village Apartments to relocate temporarily to Botts Hall, Oak Hall, and Williams Hall.

Residential students will receive an email with details about the process of relocating. Generally speaking, the relocation will be completed as follows.

Students who live in North Hall or the Village Apartments and choose to stay on campus during the storm may pick up a key for their temporary accommodations in Botts, Oak, or Williams Hall beginning at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 9. All students must be out of North Hall and the Village Apartments by 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

We recommend that students who choose to relocate to Botts, Oak, or Williams take:

  • Clothing (including sleeping clothes) to last through Tuesday night
  • Toiletries
  • Any prescription medications
  • Bedding (including blanket, pillow, and sheets)
  • Any portable valuables such as tablets, laptops and cell phones (including chargers)

Voluntary evacuation

If you have a safe place to go -- somewhere north or west of Jacksonville, where Hurricane Irma is not forecast to go -- and a safe, reliable way to get there, you may choose to leave campus; however, the window of opportunity to make that decision is closing. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for zones A and B in Jacksonville, so highways are going to become even more congested, and relocation of anyone still on campus will be on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Important reminders for students

  • Tell us your plans for the duration of the storm using the form at
  • Refill your prescription medications to ensure you have enough to get you through the next week.
  • Make sure your phone:
  • Do your laundry (you don’t want to be stuck in dirty clothes!).
  • Shut and lock your windows.
  • If you’re on the ground floor, unplug and move everything you don’t need in case of flooding.
  • Lock up any valuables in a drawer/storage box.
  • Fill up your gas tank if you have a car on campus.
  • If you have a refrigerator, clean out any perishable items.
  • Move your car to the Oak Hall parking garage (Lot K), the high ground of River Road (near Oak and Botts), the Gooding parking lot, or lots A, B, C or O. Do not park under or near trees. A map of recommended parking during the storm is available on the FAQ page.



  • Closed: Currents, River House, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-a
  • Open: Riverview Dining Hall (normal hours) and Waves (7:00 p.m. to midnight)


  • Riverview Dining Hall will be open 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for brunch.
  • Beginning with dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., meals will be served in the residence halls (Botts, Oak, and Williams).

Sunday and Monday

  • Dining will be offered out of Botts, Oak, and Williams Hall with three meals per day whenever possible (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with snacks provided after lunch and dinner). The menu will depend on in-house product and cooler capability. The menu will be announced ahead of time.


  • To be determined. Dining will probably continue to be served out of the residence halls while physical facilities staff work to evaluate the safety of campus. We will let you know when this changes.


Updates about our athletics teams’ plans are available through

Storm Preparation

If you walk around campus Friday, you’ll see Facilities Services has placed sandbags in strategic places, moved outdoor furniture inside, pruned trees, and more.

Campus security

Security officers will be taking some signage (like the crosswalk signs) down around campus. Officers will be on campus throughout the storm.

Medical emergencies

We have a registered nurse who will be staying on campus with the students throughout the storm.

Safety Reminders

​​We encourage everyone on campus to exercise caution and remain indoors to avoid the possibility of falling tree limbs or lightning.

There is also a rip current advisory in effect along the coast. If you had plans to visit the beach before or after the hurricane, please stay out of the water.

Flood safety

  • Do not walk or drive across flood waters.
  • Avoid recreational contact with flood waters.
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. Most cars ​can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.​​
  • Use special caution at night because flood danger is more difficult to recognize in darkness.

Tornado safety

As with any tropical weather, tornadoes are a possibility. Each building has different instructions for residents in the event of a tornado warning. There will be signs throughout the building you’re staying in; please familiarize yourself with the instructions that apply to your building. RA staff will be familiar with the procedure, too, and will conduct a tornado drill once everyone has relocated into Botts, Oak, and Williams.