Update: September 24
Tropical Storm Ian Update
The Southeastern University Emergency Response Team (SERT) is continuing to monitor the path and magnitude of Tropical Storm Ian. The 11 a.m. report from the National Hurricane Center has indicated a shift in the trajectory of the storm to the north. While the storm is expected to intensify over the weekend and develop into a hurricane, it is still too early to anticipate its potential impact to our campus. We will continue to assess the situation over the next 24 hours as the storm develops.
A decision will be announced tomorrow, Sunday, September 25, detailing the university’s plans for classes and operations for the upcoming week in order to allow our students, faculty, and staff adequate time to make preparations.
Please continue to monitor your SEU email account, the Southeastern website and social media for further updates.
Additionally, if you are interested in more information about the storm, you can sign up for AlertPolk and monitor messaging from PolkCounty Emergency Management, Florida Division of Emergency Management, and the National Hurricane Center.
UPDATE: September 23, 1:45 PM
Monitoring Tropical Depression Nine
Southeastern University is closely monitoring Tropical Depression Nine and its potential impacts for Florida and possibly our Lakeland campus. The university has a team, known as the Southeastern Emergency Response Team or SERT, that anticipates and plans for emergency events such as this. The team is comprised of multiple departmental leaders who are able to make preparations to secure and prepare the campus should the need arise.
Currently, the team is following the latest weather forecasts, as well as the emergency preparations of local government agencies.
The system is expected to develop into a tropical storm later today and grow to hurricane strength by Monday, September 26.
Currently, classes are planned for Monday, and we will provide updates regarding any potential cancellations or changes to university schedules as more information becomes available.
Please know that the SERT team will continue to regularly monitor and communicate with the SEU community on a daily basis. Be sure to continue to check your email and begin to make your own personal emergency preparedness plan.
Campus communication will be made available via the home page of SEU.edu, via email, and social media.