This post originated as an e-mail sent on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
Dear IFAS colleagues,
As you know, Hurricane Dorian is heading towards Florida with lots of coverage in the media. I encourage you to follow the guidance offered by your local government and public safety officials as an individual, which includes making preparations now.
More specific to IFAS, here are a few reminders:
The most important thing is: if it is not safe for you to travel (e.g., there is a power line down across your driveway), then stay home. Your personal safety comes first.
The main UF campus will post information about any main campus closures or impacts at emergency.ufl.edu. There is also a good app called Gatorsafe which will post alerts and information.
All Alachua County sites and the Plant Science Research and Education Center in Citra will follow the same protocol regarding any closures as the main UF campus.
For off campus sites managed by IFAS (Research and Education Centers, Research and Demonstration sites), any closures will be guided by the closure of the county government (not the closure of the school district).
For off campus sites managed by county government (e.g., Extension offices), follow the closures of your county government.
As at any other time, any fiscal resources you have access to must be for the benefit of the state. This includes vehicles/gas; use of your purchasing card; and any supplies you might purchase. It cannot be for the benefit of an individual, whether it be for yourself, or your neighbor, etc.
Please stay safe and keep an eye on the storm, which seems to be tracking more towards north Florida right now. I know that the folks who work with facilities have been preparing already and I say thank you in advance!