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Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness

The UNF Emergency Management Teams work closely with the National Weather Service to monitor and react appropriately in the event a tropical system approaches our area.

University Communications

In the event of a hurricane or tropical storm approaching the First Coast, University officials will communicate with students, faculty and staff through multiple outlets, including email, voice message, text, social media and the Safe Ospreys app.


Additional communication outlets include desktop/computer notifications, indoor/outdoor public address systems and electronic displays on campus, when deemed necessary.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Terms

Tropical Storm Warning

Tropical force winds and heavy rain forecasted within the next 24 hours by the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Watch

A hurricane has been reported or is forecasted to form and is considered a possible danger to the area within 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning

When there is an increased possibility of the hurricane making landfall within 24 hours.


Shelters for UNF Residential Students

When hurricane conditions are expected in the Jacksonville area, the decision may be made to evacuate UNF residential students to the on-campus shelter. A decision regarding student evacuation to the shelter will be made as the storm progresses and communicated in a timely manner to residential students.


The official on-campus hurricane shelter for UNF residential students is Building 55 Osprey Fountains. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to shelter in place (e.g., instructing residents to remain in their buildings during a weather situation that does not pose a particular structural threat). If the Hurricane increases in strength beyond a Category 2, a decision may be made to evacuate all students and personnel from campus.

Public Shelters

We recommend that all non-residential students seeking shelter in the city of Jacksonville follow the COJ Website and download the JaxReady App for updated shelter locations.

Additional Resources

Faculty and Staff

Preparedness instructions for UNF Faculty and Staff.


Faculty/Staff Procedures


Preparedness instructions for On-Campus Residents.


Student Procedures