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May 28, 2020
June 1 marks the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. In light of challenges and changes due to COVID-19, now more than ever, members of the University of Miami community should review and update their readiness plans for work and home. Here are ways to get started:
  • Purchase hurricane supplies now. Your hurricane preparedness kit should include supplies to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 3-7 days per person. The kit should also include additional supplies for disinfecting your home and protecting your family, such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Save money while preparing by taking advantage of the 2020 South Florida Tax Holiday, which runs from Friday, May 29, to Thursday, June 4.
  • Conduct an in-depth review of your evacuation plans. If you live in an evacuation zone, create a personal plan that takes into account the various needs of your family, including medical needs, children, elderly or vulnerable family members, and pets. Identify options to safely ride out the storm that do not rely on government evacuation centers.
  • Update your contact information in Workday. This ensures that you receive timely messages from the University. Refer to this tip sheet for step-by-step instructions.
  • If you are a manager, review and make appropriate emergency role designations in Workday. Additionally, units should update their unit-level plans through the lens of hurricane preparedness during a pandemic. Teams should discuss specific storm-related expectations and responsibilities for before, during, and after a storm as well as changes to the plan as a result of COVID-19.
  • Follow University of Miami Emergency Management on social media. Check out the University’s Emergency Notification Network (ENN) on Facebook and Twitter to find additional preparedness tips and timely updates during emergencies.
  • Review and keep handy the “Weathering the Storm” hurricane preparation guidelines. This document is available online.
Take action now to ensure you are prepared at work and at home. For more information, visit
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