Hurricane season is now in full effect. While we hope our community will be spared by mother nature, from June 1 to November 30, South Florida will brace for the possibility of seasonal storms. Even as households and cities make special preparations, at Broward College, the safety and well-being of students, staff, and faculty is the priority.

The Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness (SSEP) takes on the job to provide a meticulous guide with tips, safety information, tracking charts, and supplies checklist. This printable Hurricane Safety Action Guide, assembled by the College with general information from government agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS), is meant to keep you safe anytime, anywhere.

Safety at Broward College

While the Hurricane Safety Action guide, intended for public use, provides easy-to-follow steps to prepare for a storm, the Broward College Severe Weather Plan, also put together by the SSEP, provides instructions on how the College should plan for emergencies due to weather and other natural causes.

Hurricane Season Preparedness“The SWP intended to be a management-supported, documented, and cost-effective plan providing the college-wide capability for organized preparation and timely recovery from major unforeseen disruption,” explains Grant Gundle, associate vice president of SSEP. The SWP is updated every spring in anticipation of the hurricane season in the fall.

The NWS recognized Broward College on September 25, 2018 as “StormReady,” a designation given to communities, counties, Indian nations, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites, and commercial enterprises that strive to equip themselves with the proper knowledge, emergency planning, and awareness to guarantee the safety of the public in the face of a severe weather-related situation. “This designation highlights the College’s investments in preparing to save lives and protect property from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness,” says Gundle.

Broward College has in place an emergency notification system called BC Alert. Whenever any of the campuses are threatened by an emergency, including a Tropical Storm or Hurricane, students, faculty, and staff are notified via email, text message, desktop monitors, and phone calls of cancellations or closures related to the College and any course of action recommended for them to take.

After a storm passes and weather conditions are determined to be safe, Facilities and Campus Safety assess the campuses to guarantee the College is in proper condition to resume activities.

Prepare Before the Storm

When it comes to tropical storms or hurricanes, warnings and advisories give us some time to prepare ourselves. Before a storm hits, you usually have 48 to 72 hours to gather all the supplies you need and review your emergency plans.

In the comprehensive Hurricane Safety Action Guide, you can find a full list of supplies you will need, but the most important are water, non-perishable food, cash, important personal documents, first aid kit, flashlights, NOAA weather radio, and batteries of different sizes.

If you live in an evacuation zone, it’s important you follow the instructions from authorities regarding shelters and evacuation guidelines. You can find a list of Broward County shelters, including pet-friendly shelters, here.

Broward College takes the safety of all its community as a top priority. To guarantee the well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, the College has put together a comprehensive guide and website that lists all the information you will need for this Hurricane Season.