Hurricane Season is Here. This is How You Can Prepare

Geneva, FL, August 28, 2008 -- Tropical Storm Fay dumped 20 inches of water along the coast. George Armstrong/FEMA

PantherNOW Staff

Students from Florida know how serious hurricanes can be. Last year Hurricane Michael swept through the state and caused over $10.4 billion in damages and resulted in at least 45 deaths. It landed as a Category 5 storm, one of the largest since Andrew came in at a Category 4 in 1992. 

In the past three years, four hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S., the school is urging students to prepare.  

Students from out of state or those living by themselves for the first time may not be used to preparing for a hurricane. Here are some basic tips that can help you be prepared if a storm comes. 

Prepare an emergency kit

  • Water: It is recommended that you have a 7 day supply of water. 1 gallon = 1 day
  • Food: Non perishables are the best way to go, but don’t forget a can opener
  • Flashlight or lamp: Make sure to have extra batteries handy
  • Sleeping bag: It’s more convenient than carrying a pillow and blanket
  • Clothing: Pack light and don’t forget your undergarments
  • First aid kit: Includes bandages, rubbing alcohol, ointment, and gauze
  • Toiletries: Consider packing wipes and dry shampoo in order to conserve your water supply
  • Special items: Take into account dietary restrictions or medical needs you may have
  • Important documents: Keep copies of insurance cards, medical records, etc

Make a plan

  • Make and keep an emergency contact list with you at all times.
  • Know your local hurricane shelters.
  • Don’t leave your pets behind. Bring them with you if you have to evacuate or keep them to a safe place.
  • If your area is ordered to evacuate, don’t hesitate.
  • Seek shelter with friends or family members or a hurricane shelter off-campus.
  • Students who live at FIU can also seek shelter at the Modesto Maidique Campus. You will need to register for the shelter and bring a minimum three-day supply of food and water.

Local resources

  • This website provides a list of all local hurricane shelters in Florida by county.
  • FIU Student Food Pantry: This is a free resource available to all students in need. The food pantry at the Modesto Maidique Campus is located in GC 319 and is a great solution in case you weren’t able to stock up on non-perishables.
  • Text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 to locate pet friendly shelters.

Stay informed

  • Check your FIU email, FIU’s homepage and their Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.
  • For more information, call 305-348-HELP or visit


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