Severe Weather Alert
Event: Hurricane Isaias
Monday, August 3, 2020
Resume University Operations at 10 a.m.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
As of 1 P.M., Sunday, August 2, 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias has sustained winds up to 60 mph, moving NW at 8 mph with the center of circulation moving into the Jupiter, Florida region at 11:45 p.m. The storm is expected to stay approximately 15 miles offshore as it moves north up the Florida coastline. Sustained tropical force winds 25-35 mph with gusts up to 40 mph will begin approximately at 8 p.m. and last for approximately 6 to 9 hours with maximum sustained winds of 40-50 mph and gusts up to 60 mph starting at Midnight and lasting for approximately 2-4 hours. Rainfall for coastal Volusia county is estimated between 2 -4 inches and approximately 2.8 for our immediate vicinity.
As a safety precaution, the Bethune-Cookman University campus will not open until 10 am tomorrow, Monday, August 3, 2020. We ask students, faculty, and staff for your patience as our B-CU Emergency Operations Team performs assessments of the University property and facilities to determine potential damage and debris from the after-effects of Tropical Storm Isaias.
We encourage you to periodically visit the university website, www.cookman.edu, and the official social media platforms for updates.
If you have not already done so, please download the Wildcat SAFE App, additional information.
Please be careful and most importantly be safe.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm but could regain strength overnight.
Bethune-Cookman University is currently housing Residential Life Advisors. Students are advised to shelter in place throughout the duration of the storm. Dining Services have prepared to-go meals which will be delivered this evening, due to the closure through Monday morning at 8 A.M.
Facilities will prepare and secure property on the campus. B-CU Campus safety will patrol the campus throughout the storm and monitor hazardous conditions, and report any damage.
Tropical storm Isaias is traveling northwest at 10 miles per hour and is expected to approach the southeast coast of Florida tonight and Sunday, and reach Daytona Beach late Sunday night.
Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge said Saturday, "The onset of sustained tropical-storm-force winds will occur approximately three o'clock tomorrow.” "The worst conditions will be at 11 p.m., give or take an hour, Sunday night, and then through the night; hopefully, clearing by seven o'clock Monday morning."
B-CU’s Emergency Management Coordinator along with Volusia County Emergency Management will report any changes to the forecast.
We will continue to carefully monitor the storm and provide updates on Tropical Storm Isaias and its impact, as needed.
Download the Wildcat SAFE App to stay up to date on alerts.
Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9 a.m.
Over the past few days, the Department of Campus Safety, along with the Volusia County Emergency Management EOC, have been actively engaged in monitoring the development of Hurricane Isaias. Please be advised that the future track of this storm may require further action to be taken by Bethune Cookman University, to ensure safety for all.
If you have not already done so, please download the Wildcat SAFE App, B-CU’s Mass notification system, from the App Store or Google Store. Additional updates will be issued as we continue to monitor the development of Hurricane Isaias.
Let's Get Prepared: Hurricane Preparedness
Occasionally, hurricanes can be an unfortunate reality at Bethune-Cookman University. Hurricane season occurs annually from June 1st through November 30th, and the University has established procedures to keep students safe. The purpose of this notice is to provide important emergency information for you in the event that the University is threatened by a hurricane. In addition, this notice provides information and resources to help you develop a personal hurricane evacuation plan.
Depending upon the anticipated severity of a storm, Bethune-Cookman University may be required by Volusia County to evacuate its campuses. While a major hurricane is not a common occurrence, it is imperative that you develop a personal evacuation plan and be ready to implement that plan, if necessary.
When a Tropical Storm or Hurricane threatens Central Florida, the University will notify students about cancelations, closures, and the possibility of evacuations by means of University-Wide Emails, Wildcat SAFE Text Alerts, Wildcat SAFE App and by the University’s Website ( www.cookman.edu). The University’s website is always the best place to obtain the latest information, and the Emergency Information Hotline will also be activated to answer questions.
The University has a wealth of emergency preparedness resources that you can access at www.cookman.edu/emergencymanagement to assist you in planning:
At a minimum, emergency plans should address the following:
Communications: Designate an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a family contact.
Supplies: Build or purchase an emergency kit with all the supplies needed for 3-5 days.
Protecting Valuables: Purchase rental insurance and take pictures/inventory of personal possessions.
Protecting Data: Back up computer data and take a copy (USB Drives, External Hard Drives, CDs, etc.) whenever evacuating campus.
Transportation: Keep cars filled with gas and check all fluids and tire pressures (including spare). Know how you will evacuate and the route to be taken if an evacuation is ordered. During an ordered evacuation, transportation will be provided for Campus Residents to local hurricane shelters.
Shelter: Hurricane shelters are designed for safety, not comfort. Accommodations are extremely basic. Students who choose to stay in a local shelter should be prepared to sleep on the floor of a common area. Food and water will be provided, but we recommend that students bring a sleeping bag or blanket, a pillow, snacks (non-perishable food) and all prescription medications.
When an evacuation is ordered, students will be expected to comply immediately. The University will cancel all classes/events and ask students to leave campus by a specific date and time. The University will provide as much notice as possible to help students arrange for their own safety and welfare. Most students travel to a designated relative or friend’s home within a 250-mile radius of Central Florida, but outside the anticipated impact zone. In the event of an evacuation, there will be no on-campus sheltering. Students are responsible for their travel arrangements and expenses. Students who live off-campus should not report to campus. Residents and off-campus students are encouraged to stay with family or friends when possible. Remember, hurricane shelters should be utilized as a last resort.
In the immediate aftermath of a storm, communications may be disrupted. Again, please check the University Website or Hotline for the latest information. All students should attempt to contact family and friends immediately by any available means (telephone, text, email, social media, etc.). If the University is evacuated, STUDENTS SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO CAMPUS until instructed to do so via a Wildcat SAFE Text Campus Alert or the University's Website. To assist the University in the renunciation and recovery process, students will be asked to check-in and to indicate their whereabouts by accessing the Recover Form at www.cookman.edu (Form is only available during an event/incident) or by calling the Emergency Information Hotline. ACT NOW! We encourage you to develop your personal emergency plan now, not when the threat of a storm is imminent, and be ready to implement that plan in case Central Florida and Bethune-Cookman University are threatened by a storm. If you have any questions, please contact Bethune-Cookman University Emergency Management at 386-481-2902 or email@example.com.