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1601 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
200 Lee Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Inclement Weather Updates

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
1:30 p.m.

The FAMU College of Law in Orlando will reopen Wednesday, September 13.

FAMU Developmental Research School in Tallahassee will reopen on Thursday, September 14.

FAMU's main campus in Tallahassee will reopen on Monday, September 18.

Satellite campuses and facilities in Crestview, Jacksonville, Tampa, Brooksville and Davie/Miami will reopen on Monday, September 18.

Thank you to all who helped to keep our campus community prepared and safe.

Monday, September 11, 2017
7:30 p.m.

The campus curfew has been lifted, however, all students and employees should follow the Leon County curfew, which is in effect until 7 a.m., Tuesday. September 12. The University and its satellite campuses, except for Orlando and FAMU DRS, remain closed through Friday, September 15. The College of Law in Orlando and FAMU DRS in Tallahassee expect to announce their reopening dates tomorrow, September 12.

Dining services will reopen the main dining area and food court tomorrow through Sunday, operating on its weekend schedule. The FAMU shuttle will also operate on its weekend schedule for the remainder of the week. Normal dining and shuttle operations will resume beginning Monday, September 18.

Full details are available at www.famunews.com.

FAMU Will Be Closed Through Friday, New Curfew, New Dormitory Information Announced

Monday, September 11, 2017
3:15  p.m.
This update includes a new curfew, Palmetto North advisory, weather, residential and employee information.
New Closure and Weather Information
The Tallahassee and Crestview campuses will remain closed through Friday, September 15, 2017. Any events scheduled to take place on campus for the week of September 11-15, 2017 are canceled. Satellite campuses and facilities will announce their reopening based upon local weather conditions.

On the main campus, there are specific locations designated authorized for use during this period of closure. Please do not attempt to access non-authorized spaces such as classrooms, libraries, laboratories, buildings, or other non-authorized locations during this period.
Tropical storm warnings are in place for Leon County. This means heavy, storm-force winds and rain are expected to impact the area over the next few days. Some parts of the Tallahassee area may experience downed trees and power lines. A downed tree and downed power lines have been reported near the Lawson Center. The University has not lost power and is working with the City to remove the tree.

High winds are expected throughout the next couple of days and students and employees are encouraged to shelter in place. Please remain indoors until it is declared safe to travel by local officials.
Mandatory Curfew

In an effort to help secure the safety of our students, a campus-wide curfew is in effect from 11 p.m., Sunday until  8 p.m., Monday. After briefings from the Governor and state officials on the storm’s potential impact on our area, FAMU leadership feels this is the best move to keep students out of harms way and gives us a chance to analyze the storms impact on our campus.
The curfew means no one is allowed to leave dormitories or shelters during the curfew window. Your cooperation is required and appreciated.

In addition to the mandatory campus curfew, Leon County Government has also imposed a countywide curfew as follows:
  • Monday, September 11 from 9 p.m. to Tuesday, September 12 at 7 a.m.
Issuing this curfew requires all Leon County residents and visitors to remain indoors during the prescribed times to allow first responders and emergency personnel to most effectively protect the safety of residents and property. 

Even when the curfew period is not in effect, citizens should limit travel on public roadways to allow officials to conduct response and recovery efforts most effectively.
Please follow both the University and county's instructions.
Residential and Dining Information
Students are welcome to remain in our residential facilities, and registered off-campus students with ID are invited to come to the Foster-Tanner Rehearsal Hall for lodging and boxed meals. Off-campus students may bring their children, but must be responsible for their supervision. Essential personnel will be onsite.
Should students residing on campus choose to evacuate, they are required to inform a residential employee before leaving or email famuhousing@famu.edu to notify staff for safety and accountability reasons. Leon County shelter information is available below and in the attached FAQs section.
Dining Services will  deliver boxed meals and water to student housing facilities during inclement weather. Dining Hall openings will be announced after reviewing weather conditions. See the attached FAQs for more information.
Hurricane Preparedness and Instructions
Prior to the storm, students are asked to contact their parents or family members to advise them of their location and then again after the storm to inform them of their status.

Students are reminded to stay tuned to local news, www.famu.edu and www.famunews.com for updated information. Here are some instructions for on-campus residents:
  • Students must remain away from areas that can become dangerous during a storm, such as the glass windows and doors in the lobby areas of the residence halls or the living rooms of apartments.
  • Keep all windows and window blinds closed.
  • During a storm, a “state of emergency” exists; do not attempt to go outside.
  • Do not attempt to travel between floors in your building
  • All items should be moved away from windows. All loose objects should be removed from the floor or tops of tables or desks and secured in drawers or closets.
  • Ensure your medical prescriptions or other medical items you should need are accessible.
  • Only battery-powered lighting should be used. Candles or other open flames for lighting are not permitted under any circumstance.
  • Please do not attempt to have a “Hurricane Party.” Alcoholic beverages or other substances that impair judgment are prohibited and can be harmful in a state of emergency.
  • Boxed meals and water will be provided, in the event of a Hurricane or inclement weather. Do not attempt to leave your residence to obtain food during a storm.
After The Storm
According to Flash.org, during and after the storm, you should avoid traveling on blocked roads, avoid power lines, avoid sightseeing, and avoid metal objects. Walking in flooded areas is not advised because of numerous hazards including electrical issues. For more details, visit: http://www.flash.org/peril_inside.php?id=119.

Specific Residential Advisories for Storm Activity
  • FAMU Village - Close your room doors and take shelter in the bathroom/ entrance area of the suite
  • Paddyfote - Take shelter in the bathrooms with the doors closed
  • Sampson and Young - Take Shelter in the hallways; ensure your room doors are closed
  • Gibbs - Take shelter in the hallways; ensure your room doors are closed
  • Truth - Take shelter in the hallways; ensure your room doors are closed
  • Palmetto Apartments - Take shelter in the apartment interior hallways or bathrooms with the room doors closed
In the event of a medical emergency call 911 or the FAMU Police Department at 850-599-3256.
In the event that residential facilities are negatively impacted by the inclement weather and mandatory evacuation is required, students will be assisted with transportation to an identified Red Cross shelter.
Open shelters in Leon County include:
Emergency Responders on Campus 
To assist the state in emergency response, members of the Army National Guard and other emergency responders, will be utilizing our campus facilities, including Gaither Gym and the Lawson Center, as well as the dining services over the next several days, in order to ensure they are available to assist government officials with their efforts to help residents across the state who may have been impacted by the storm.
Employee Information
FAMU employees who are scheduled to receive a paper check by mail on the upcoming pay date has the option to report to the FAMU Business Center on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., to receive their check on campus, unless there are travel restrictions by government officials after the storm. For more information, email: joyce.ingram@famu.edu. Additional information is available in the attached FAQs and on the FAMU.edu Hurricane Update Page.
Attached are lists of frequently asked questions to help our campus community prepare in the event that the storm impacts our facilities. Please note, this information is subject to change, as updates are provided, so please check back frequently for information that may impact your preparations.

Frequently Asked Questions