TROPICAL STORM ETA – ADVISORY 2
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020, 2 P.M.
The University of Miami continues to closely monitor and prepare for impacts from Tropical Storm Eta, which is currently located approximately 400 miles southwest of Miami-Dade County. The safety of the University community continues to be the top priority.
University of Miami leadership continues to assess the situation and will notify the community of any operational changes at the University or UHealth, if that becomes necessary.
There is currently a 40-50% chance of South Florida experiencing tropical storm conditions from late Sunday through Monday. Impacts are expected to include tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes.
At this time, the University community is encouraged to enact personal preparations.
For students on the Coral Gables Campus, two shopping shuttles will operate continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. Shuttle stops will include Lot 721 in front of the Albenga Garage, Architecture Circle, Stanford Circle, CVS, Publix, and Whole Foods. Students can track shuttles via the University’s mobile app.
Facilities and Operations personnel are finalizing preparations on all campuses.
Any updates—such as changes to campus operations—will be communicated in future Storm Alert emails, on University social media channels, and, if needed, through the Emergency Notification Network.
The University community is advised to monitor UM Emergency Management social media accounts at 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.
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.