Update: November 9, 11:30 a.m.
In-Person Classes and Student Events Canceled Beginning at 2:00 p.m. Today
Based on the current forecast for Tropical Storm Nicole, and out of an abundance of caution, the Southeastern Emergency Response Team has decided to cancel in-person classes and student events on its Lakeland campus beginning at 2:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 9. In-person classes and student events will also be canceled on Thursday, Nov. 10. University offices will also be closed during that time period. Online classes will continue as planned.
Normal operations are expected to resume on Friday, Nov. 11, once the “All Clear” has been given.
Depending upon the severity of the storm, certain restrictions may be put in place for residential students. Information will be communicated to residential students by Student Development and the SEU Alert System.
The current track shows that we can expect tropical storm-force winds (ranging from 39 to 73 mph) to begin impacting our area on Wednesday evening. SEU is taking measures to prepare for this event.
The most common type of response to a severe weather warning would be to “shelter in place.”
“Shelter in place” simply means to enter or remain in the nearest sturdy building until it is deemed safe to go outside. This should be done by selecting a small, interior room if possible, with no or as few windows as possible.
Should severe weather threaten the campus, a shelter-in-place directive will be given through the SEU Alert System. When authorities issue directives to “shelter in place,” do not walk outdoors; take refuge indoors immediately. For extreme weather, you should also relocate to lower levels in the building. Portable buildings should be avoided if severe weather is imminent or if a weather warning has been issued.
SEU Alert System
Emergency alerts will be sent out during the storm through the SEU Alert System. The SEU email addresses of all students, faculty and staff have been registered with the service provider (InformaCast). Additionally, SEU community members can use the InformaCast app to update their profile information, to include adding or changing mobile numbers to receive text messages or phone calls from the system, as well as selecting or removing the methods by which these alerts are delivered. If parents would like to receive SEU Alert notifications, they can text #SEUParents to 863.213.3613.
The InformaCast server can be accessed here. The InformaCast Mobile app is also available from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Updates will also be posted to the SEU website and social media channels.
Update: November 8, 9:30 a.m.
Subtropical Storm Nicole
The Southeastern Emergency Response Team (SERT) is currently monitoring a weather system expected to track toward Florida later this week. The current forecast brings the storm ashore across the east coast of Florida on Wednesday. We are expecting heavy rain and gusty winds on our Lakeland campus on Thursday. We will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as needed.
Any storm watches or warnings that are put in place for our area will be communicated to students, faculty, staff, and parents via the SEU Alert System.