POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE THIRTEEN – ADVISORY 1
Friday, August 21, 2020; 9 a.m.
The University of Miami is monitoring Tropical Depression Thirteen, which is currently located approximately 1,450 miles southeast of Miami-Dade County. Keeping the University community safe and informed are top priorities as we continue to track the progress of this storm.
At this time, there are no storm-related changes to University operations.
The official forecast keeps Tropical Depression Thirteen as a strong tropical storm while it moves through the Caribbean, Bahamas, and approaches the Florida Keys.
However, long range forecasts have a wide margin for error, and it is still too early to tell if the storm will directly impact South Florida. If Tropical Depression Thirteen continues toward South Florida, the earliest anticipated impacts to the area could begin Monday.
The University will continue to actively monitor and assess the situation and is prepared to take action should it become necessary. This will be the only full advisory issued unless it is determined likely that the storm will directly impact South Florida.
Monitor the University’s Emergency Management social media accounts www.facebook.com/UMiamiENN and www.twitter.com/UMiamiENN for interim updates.
General Emergency Preparedness Information
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to review the general emergency preparedness steps below:
As a reminder, the University only issues evacuation orders for the Coral Gables campus if direct impacts are expected from a Category 3 or greater storm. This is not expected to be the case given the current forecast.
Emergency Alerts: Verify that your personal and emergency contact information is up to date in CaneLink or Workday. Continue to monitor official University communications. When a situation warrants, the University will issue emergency information via mass text, voice messages, and emails. The latest information is also posted on the
University homepage and University Emergency Information Hotline at 800-227-0354.
Ensure you have an emergency kit with essential supplies needed for a minimum of three to seven days after a disaster.
Supervisors and unit emergency planners should confirm their unit’s continuity plan in the UReady Continuity Planning System.
Each unit’s human resources partner can use the “UM Emergency Contact Information” report in Workday to provide management with the latest contact information for all employees in the unit. Printed copies of this report should be maintained by managers and a copy uploaded to UReady.
Additional information on hurricane preparedness can be found on the University’s Hurricane Preparedness website.