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Severe Weather Alert

Event: Hurricane Irma

Important Campus-wide Updates


ATTN Students, Faculty and Staff:

Please read below for very important updates as we are in preparation for normal operations at B-CU.

The University has opened for faculty and staff today.

The mailroom is now open to faculty, staff and students and receiving packages. Faculty and staff should go to the mailroom to pick up parcels received during the time the campus was closed.

All classes will resume on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Students who cannot make it back to the campus within this time frame should contact their Department Chair or Faculty Member for each class.

Classes will open at the Hastings and Deltona Campus on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Students will be allowed to move into the Residence Halls from Noon until 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Residential students who cannot return to campus by Wednesday should send an email to to schedule a late check in date.

Although we have experienced some damage, we anticipate that very few students will have to be displaced from their rooms. Affected students will receive an email from housing and residence life by 10 p.m. today, September 18, 2017.

The dining hall will be open to faculty, staff and students Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Any students with critical needs should email their requests to:

Students should go directly to their regularly assigned rooms in the residence halls upon their return to the campus.

Any emergency calls should go to 911 or Dept. of Campus Safety at 2900

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

B-CU EOC Official Announcement

Wildcat return

Attention: Students, Faculty and Staff

On behalf of Interim President Judge Hubert Grimes and the emergency operations team, we thank you for your cooperation as we want to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff returning to campus.

Faculty and staff will return on Monday, September 18th (normal operation hours).

Residential Halls will open on Tuesday, September 19th at 12:00 P.M. for students to return.

Classes will resume on Wednesday, September 20th at 8:00 A.M.

If you have any questions, please contact our campus information hotline, 1-866-274-0733. We pray a safe return as many of you are traveling back to the Daytona community.

Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 at 12:52 AM

NEWS FLASH: Hurricane Irma Recovery Update

B-CU is in the Recovery Phase

Attention: All Students, Faculty, Staff

It is our prayer that each of you have weathered the storm in a safe place. During this recovery phase, faculty, staff and students are reminded that the campus will remain closed until all assessment of damages on the campus and throughout the community are completed.

Campus WILL NOT re-open until conditions are completely safe for faculty, staff and students to return. Upon return to campus, all students are required to have their student ID cards in their possession and available for inspection.

The B-CU Wildcats will still take on Florida Atlantic University this Saturday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. in Boca Raton.

Stay connected through your campus email and our social media platforms for updates.

#HailWildcats #Wildcatstrong

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM

B-CU EOC Recovery Update

B-CU is currently in recovery phase, which includes assessment of damages and removal of damages in preparation to repair the campus. Please do not return until notified. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work hard to return our campus to normalcy. #hailwildcats #BCUnited

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM

B-CU EOC Hurricane Update

ATTN: Students, Faculty and Staff

B-CU campus is still closed. We are without power, electrical lines down on campus and have damage to some buildings. We are assessing the conditions due to the storm damage and will notify everyone once the campus has power and is safe to return.

Stay connected via your email and B-CU social media platforms for details. Be safe!

Office of Communications
Division of Institutional Advancement
Bethune-Cookman University

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:17 PM

UPDATE 4: Tropical Depression Irma

Tropical Strom

Irma Weakens to a Tropical Depression but still producing some wind gust to near Hurricane Force winds.

Location: 30 miles NNE of Cedar Key Florida & 105 miles NNW of Tampa Florida
Maximum Sustained Winds: 70 mph
Moving NNW at 18 mph

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:01 AM

UPDATE 3: B-CU EOC Update- Hurricane Irma

Irma Update 3

Good afternoon students, faculty and staff:

Storm Status:
Hurricane Irma: Cat. 2, Moving N @ 14 mph
Location: 15 miles ENE of Fort Meyers & 30 miles SE of Port Charlotte Florida
Maximum Sustained Winds: 105 mph
Currently: 400 miles wide

Winds-High (50-60mph, gust 75mph)
Surge-Moderate (Potential for around 3 feet above ground level along the immediate coast)
Rainfall/Flooding-Extreme (8-12 inches, isolated 20inches)
Tornado-Moderate (Tornado Watches will likely continue)

Time Windows
Tropical Storm Force Winds: 3:00pm today-2pm Monday
Hurricane Force Winds: 11:00pm-12:00noon Monday

Storm Surge
This storm surge combined with very high surf will create areas of considerable beach
erosion, with breaching of dunes possible in areas weakened by Hurricane Matthew.

Campus continues to be closed to all persons except essential personnel in the Emergency Operations Center.

The Emergency Operations Center is fully operational and will be sheltered in place beginning today.

Faculty, staff and students are reminded that the campus will remain closed until there is an assessment of damages on the campus and throughout the community.

Campus WILL NOT be re-opened until conditions are completely safe for faculty, staff and students to return.

All students are required to have their student ID cards in their possession and available for inspection upon their return to campus.

Stay connected through, E-2 text alerts, your campus email and our social media platforms for updates.

Please tag your individual twitter updates #hailwildcats, #WildcatEOC,#wildcatstrong

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:01 PM

B-CU Emergency Operations Center Update

Good afternoon students, faculty and staff:

Storm Status:
Hurricane Irma: Cat. 3, Moving WNW @ 9mph
Location: 85 Miles ESE of Varadero Cuba & 170 miles SE of Key West, FL
Maximum Sustained Winds: 125 mph
Currently: 400miles wide (Track has shifted west)

We are under a Hurricane Warning. We can expect hurricane conditions within 36 hours.
We do not expect conditions to improve until midday Monday.

The BCU Emergency Operations Center was officially opened today, September 9, 2017 3:24pm.

The Campus is 100% evacuated of all faculty, staff and students except for essential personnel.

We are 99% complete with mitigation measures and moving to Phase III which includes moving to post and recovery efforts within the next 24-48 hours.

The campus Mailroom is also closed. Please do not send items to the campus until we have resumed operations and announced that the mailroom has been reopened.

Immediately after the storm the EOC Team will conduct an assessment of conditions, and make recommendations as to whether conditions are safe enough to resume normal operations for students to return.

Stay connected through, E-2 text alerts, your campus email and our social media platforms for updates.

Presidents Address Update

Interim President Judge Hubert L. Grimes will be sharing updates today at 6:00p on WELE 1380 The Cat. To listen online, visit

Please tag your individual twitter updates #eyeofthestorm, #hailwildcats, #WildcatEOC,#wildcatstrong

Office of Communications
Division of Institutional Advancement
Bethune-Cookman University

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM

B-CU Hurricane Briefing

ATTN: Students, Faculty and Staff

For those staying in Volusia County, please advise as we track Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma: Cat. 4, Moving W @ 14mph

Location: 225 miles E Cuba & 380 miles SE of Miami, FL

Maximum Sustained Winds: 155 mph

Currently: 400miles wide (Track has shifted west)

According to the National Weather Service Melbourne, Volusia County can expect:

Conditions to begin to deteriorate Saturday evening and tropical storm force winds building from 39-74 mph.

Sunday, we are projected to receive sustained Category 3 wind speeds, 111 mph, for about six hours.

Conditions will not begin to improve until midday Monday.

3-6 foot storm surge; will be between low and high tide.

8-12 inches of rain; with some areas receiving 15 inches.

These conditions are subject to change as the storm continues to approach.

Based on the latest storm track, Volusia County is ordering a mandatory evacuation beginning at 5 p.m. today for residents on the beach side, in low-lying areas, and in RVs, mobile and manufactured homes.

County Officials want everyone to be at their destination by 8 p.m. Saturday.

Curfews and Bridges:
A countywide curfew will be in place beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. We are asking everyone to stay inside. Once the storm passes, public safety officials will advise when the curfew will end.

The bridges will be locked down as conditions deteriorate. Officials anticipate this to be between 6 and 9 a.m. Sunday (the threshold is sustained 39 mph winds).

Once the storm passes, law enforcement will determine when it is safe to open the bridges. If there is limited access due to damage from the storm, beach side residents will need a photo identification and a utility bill or other document as proof of residency.

Shelter Locations have been publicized. B-CU students that are living on-campus that have been identified as needing shelter will be transported to the appropriate location.

Other Areas in the Tropics:
Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia do not currently pose a threat to Florida, however they are being closely monitored.

Please advise if you have any questions or concern by calling (386) 481-2900

Please prepare and most importantly be safe!

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 9:10 PM

B-CU Campus Update- Hurricane Irma

Good afternoon students, faculty and staff:

As we are tracking Hurricane Irma, we would like to keep you aware of important updates from our emergency management team.

As of today, Friday September 8th, please read the following:

  1. The campus has completed the evacuation phase and is now in storm damage mitigation phase.
  2. The mitigation phase includes removal of hazards that could significantly damage persons and property.
  3. There is no admission to any building on the campus. Security officials are preventing access to the campus except for authorized personnel until further notice.
  4. Those needing information should contact the campus at ‪386-481-2900‬.
  5. Information will provided on when normal campus operations will resume.
  6. Stay connected through, E-2 text alerts, your campus email and our social media platforms for updates.

Office of Communications
Division of Institutional Advancement
Bethune-Cookman University

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

A message from B-CU Interim President Judge Hubert Grimes
and First Lady Daisy Grimes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:12 PM

B-CU Mandatory Evacuation Update

ATTN: Students, Faculty, Staff and Friends

Bethune Cookman University is closed and prepared for the impact of Hurricane Irma. A safety team has been assembled and will remain on campus throughout and during the aftermath of the storm.

The campus WILL NOT be used as a shelter and all students will be evacuated by Saturday morning. Please stay tuned to the B-CU website at and our radio station at for updates. 

All University activities including transportation are suspended until further notice. Updates will be made daily at the above locations. 

Please prepare and most importantly be safe.

Office of Communications
Division of Institutional Advancement
Bethune-Cookman University

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Unplug electronics notice - Hurricane Irma

Please unplug all electronic appliances including computers, printers, copiers, scanners, microwaves, TVs, etc.
Electronics Notice

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM

ATTN: Faculty, Staff and Students - Please Move Vehicles

ATTN: Faculty, Staff and Students
Any vehicle that is abandoned or in harms way that is left on campus after 7:00p today will be towed by the university to the nursing parking lots or CCE. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 386-481-2900.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Reminder: Office Preparations (Hurricane Irma)

Hurricane Irma Update 2

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 12:28 PM

UPDATE 2: Potential Severe Weather: Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Update 2

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:41PM

Critical Information For Residential Students

Housing and Residence Life 
Hurricane Irma Evacuation Preparatory Instructions


As a result of Hurricane Irma, all students are MANDATED to evacuate the campus by Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at6:00 pm.  For your safety, no students will be allowed to remain in on-campus facilities after this time.  If extended time is absolutely needed, please see your Hall Staff for approval.  NOTE: Due to this emergency, all extensions may not be approved.  Students who do not have an evacuation destination will be transported to available Volusia County shelter sites.  All University services, including Dining Services, will be discontinued as of September 6, 2017, at 7:00 pm.  Please check the University home page for daily updates regarding University reopening dates and times. To help protect your personal belongings, please complete the following check list prior to leaving your assigned room.

  1. Set air conditioning units to 72 degrees. 
  2. Clear out all refrigerators, remove all food from fridge and room, and take out all trash.
  3. Unplug all electronic devices/appliances.
  4. Take all valuables with you. 
  5. Cover all electronics with a plastic bag, if you are not taking it with you. 
  6. Lock down all other items, when possible.
  7. Place all items that are on the floor onto the bed (in the event of flooding).
  8. Complete the Emergency Information Form.



  1. Again, there will be no on campus shelter.  All students who do not have accommodations will be transported to shelters in Volusia County. 
  2. The University is not liable for damages to personal belongings as a result of natural disasters.  Please protect your belongings to the best of your ability.

For updates, please visit the B-CU web page, or contact 386-481-2900

You may also contact the Emergency Information Hotline at 866-274-0733.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 8:31PM

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory Evacuation Order

Mandatory Evacuation Order
Hurricane Irma

Attention: All Students, Faculty, Staff

Due to the anticipated trajectory and strength of Hurricane Irma, and based on the information provided from the National Weather Service, Bethune-Cookman University, in consultation with of the Board of Trustees, Interim President Hubert Grimes is issuing a mandatory campus evacuation order effective today, September 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Students are directed to immediately begin making arrangements to evacuate the campus. All classes are canceled as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017, until further notice, to allow students to safely travel in advance of the hurricane. All residence halls will close as of Wednesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m. and the dining hall will close at 7:00 p.m.

A return date for students, staff and faculty will be published once the hurricane has passed and it is safe to return to campus. Arrangements for athletic teams have been made in consultation with the Vice-President for Inter-collegiate Athletics and Head Football Coach.

Faculty and Staff are expected to report for work on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, through the end of the normal workday, 5:00 p.m. Staff and Faculty are expected to secure their offices and cover computers and other electronic devices with plastic garbage bags to minimize any water intrusion.

All students are REQUIRED to complete the Emergency Information Form (click here).

All students are strongly encouraged to:
Secure their personal belongings.
Remove all contents from refrigerators.
Unplug refrigerators and all electronics.
Take all medications and valuables with you.

Close and lock all windows.

First floor residents must remove personal belongings off the floor. The University will not be responsible for items that are damaged as a result of a failure of students to comply with this order.

Students who are unable to evacuate the city will be transported to an area shelter. Off-campus students are encouraged to report to a local shelter or take other precautions.

If you have concerns about this evacuation process, please immediately contact Campus Safety, at 386-481-2900. For more information, please visit

If you have not already done so, please download the “Wildcat SAFE App” and sign-up for E2 Campus Alerts B-CU’s mass notification system. Additional updates will be issued as we continue to monitor Hurricane Irma. This Evacuation Order is being issued to protect the safety of our students, especially in light of the tremendous nature of this hurricane and in keeping with the information received in cooperation with state and local government agencies. A decision as to the return date for classes will be made and communicated at the appropriate time.


Please Be Careful and most importantly Stay Safe.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 7:07PM

Emergency Evacuation

Emergency Evacuation

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:05 PM  

Emergency Notification Enrollment

Emergency Notification Enrollment

E2 Campus Alerts Enrollment


Wildcat SAFE App Download

All Students, Faculty, and Staff

In a continuous effort to ensure the safety and security of our campus, it is imperative to reiterate the importance of enrolling in our e2 Campus Emergency Alert System and downloading the ‘Wildcat SAFE’ App.

To sign-up for these services, please follow these steps:

e2 Campus Enrollment

1Visit the B-CU Home page and scroll down the very bottom.

2Select the Campus Alerts button.

3Create a user name and password for your account.

4Choose “STULIFE” within the Options Group Section.

5Select Create Account and Validate your account using SMS & Email.

**For all Students, Faculty, or Staff previously enrolled for e2, the system requires a new enrollment every 2 years to continue receiving alerts. If you are unsure if you are still receiving emergency alerts, please sign up as a new user.**

Wildcat SAFE App Download

1Go to your App Store (iPhone) or Google Play(Android).

2Find your Search button/bar.

3Type in Wildcat SAFE in search bar area and press your search button. 4—App information will come up, PressGet” (iPhone) or “Install”(Android). 5Once App has Downloaded Open App and Select “OK” for Notifications.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:05 PM  

Hurricane Irma 

Bethune-Cookman University continues to monitor Hurricane Irma. No excused absences will be issued until the University has been given an evacuation order.

Please monitor the Bethune-Cookman University website for updates and changes.

Office of the Provost. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 1:04 PM 

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 letter is to provide important emergency information for you in the event that the University is threatened by a hurricane. In addition, this letter 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, e2 Campus Alerts (Text & Emails), Wildcat SAFE App and by the Universitys Website ( The Universitys website is always the best place to obtain the latest information, and the Emergency Information Hotline will also be activated to answer questions.

University  Emergency Information Hotline: 866-274-0733


The University has a wealth of emergency preparedness resources that you can access at  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 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 friends home within a 250-mile radius of Central Florida, but outside the anticipated impact zone. Students who cannot evacuate on their own will be expected to self-identify to University officials so accommodations may be made to be transported to a University-operated or Volusia County shelter.


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 an E2 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 (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 Office of Emergency Management at 386-481-2902 or

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:47 PM 

UPDATE 1: Potential Severe Weather: Hurricane Irma

Potential Severe Weather

Hurricane Irma (Cat.4)


All Students, Faculty and Staff

Over the past few weeks, the Office of Emergency Management, along with Volusia County Emergency Management, have been actively engaged in monitoring the development of Hurricane Irma. We are prepared to take further action depending on the future trajectory of this storm to ensure the safety for all.

Below is the latest advisory that has been issued.


**Information Courtesy of the National Weather Service (NWS) of Melbourne, FL**

If you have not already done so, please download the “Wildcat SAFE App” and sign-up for E2 Campus Alerts B-CU’s mass notification system. Additional updates will be issued as we continue to monitor Hurricane Irma.

Please Be Careful and most importantly Stay Safe.

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:26 PM 

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