Hurricane Matthew Updates

[Update 5pm Oct 8 – All Campus Classes, Online Classes, and Labs to Resume Monday, October 10th at 9AM]

Following the effects of Hurricane Matthew on Central Florida, we are thankful to share that Full Sail weathered the storm with minimal impact to our campus and facilities.

Today’s assessments indicated minimal damage to the university, although cleanup efforts in designated area may take some time to complete.

Full Sail University’s campus will reopen Monday, October 10th at 9AM.

All campus classes, online classes and labs will resume on Monday, October 10th at 9AM.

Deadlines for campus/online assignments will not be enforced during the university’s closure for Hurricane Matthew. Any questions regarding assignments should be directed to individual faculty members and/or student advising.

Any students or staff members experiencing hardships or other extenuating circumstances related to Hurricane Matthew are encouraged to reach out to student advising (for students) and leadership inside your department (for staff).

 

[Update 2pm Oct 7 – Curfew lifted]

The mandatory curfew for Orange County has been lifted at 2 p.m today; however, citizens should remain vigilant. Significant hazards, including downed power lines, trees or other debris may not have been cleared. While Public Works reports that the majority of traffic signals in Orange County are operational, however, extreme caution should be exercised. Residents are asked to report concerns to 3-1-1.

[Update 8pm Oct. 6: Curfew in effect!!]

Officials in Orange, Seminole and Flagler counties have issued a curfew for residents during Hurricane Matthew.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said that a curfew will be in place for residents beginning at 10pm Thursday and lasting until 7am SATURDAY.

Only individuals with legitimate reasons may be out. Others are subject to arrest.

For further info please check www.wftv.com or www.orangecountyfl.net

[UPDATE: 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 – CLASSES SUSPENDED]

All Campus classes and labs are cancelled from 9:00 a.m. Thursday, October 6 until 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 10. Students are asked to stay home.  

All Online classes and labs are cancelled from 9:00AM Thursday, October 6 until 9:00AM Monday, October 10. Instructors and Advisors will work with students to extend deadlines as needed.

Many departments (not directly involved with delivering a class, lecture, or lab) will remain open until 5pm tomorrow. To all staff: another all-users email will come out at or before 2pm which will explain which departments will remain open.

Full Sail’s Behind The Scenes Tour (BTS) scheduled for Sunday, October 9 is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

As a reminder, students, faculty and staff members may also sign up for the Emergency Notification System to receive text alerts from Full Sail by simply texting Y to 68453. 

 

[UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5]

Full Sail University will make an announcement today by 1pm about campus closure due to Hurricane Matthew. Please stay tuned for further details.

[UPDATE: 12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4]

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As of 11am on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, The National Hurricane Center issued an updated forecast stating Hurricane Matthew is moving toward the north near 10 mph. Hurricane warnings remain in effect for Haiti, parts of Cuba and the Bahamas. The storm gained speed overnight ahead of making landfall about 7 a.m. in southwestern Haiti as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds remaining near 145 mph with higher gusts.

The storms path has shifted closer to Florida’s east coast and a hurricane watch was issued this morning for a portion of Florida’s east coast from the Volusia-Brevard County Line south to near Deerfield Beach. Forecasters say hurricane conditions are possible in that area within the next 48 hours.

Inland Central Florida is being projected to see tropical storm force winds and heavy rain as squalls move through Thursday night into Friday morning. The strength of the storms will depend on its path, with localized flooding and wind posing a potential problem.

While Central Florida and Full Sail have weathered numerous tropical storms and hurricanes in the past, your safety is our priority.

Full Sail will continue to monitor the storms progress and keep Full Sail students, faculty, and staff members updated through the Emergency Notification System (ENS). Students, faculty and staff members may also sign up to receive text alerts from Full Sail by simply texting Y to 68453. This will place you on the text distribution list for texts with the ENS.

In the event the storm’s strength or projected path pose a threat to our area, we will make a formal announcement as to whether activities and classes need to be suspended. Currently, all classes and planned activities are still as scheduled. 

Future updates will be available via Connect, and a recorded message with the latest updates at 407-673-5363 or 407-657-5462. Please use Connect as your primary method for tracking the most current updates. This website will be our official way of communicating with you in an effort to keep our phone lines open in the event of an emergency. We will also be providing updates via the official Full Sail University Twitter account @FullSail.

Now is the time to prepare, not panic. In anticipation of a possible impact—and with the understanding that hurricane season lasts through November—Full Sail recommends that you starting thinking now about what you would do in the event of a storm. Before a situation arises, all students, faculty and staff should have a pre-packed weather emergency kit. This kit should include any prescription medications being taken as well as first aid supplies. Additionally, students should have cash on hand as well as enough food to last several days in the event of an extended power failure. Vehicles should be gassed up in the event service stations remain closed for extended periods of time. Please remember to remove your vehicles, motorcycles, and bikes from the campus.

To download the Hurricane Safety Guide on Connect visit:

 

For additional details on how to prepare for hurricanes or tropical storms, please visit the links below:

 

[UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3]

As of Monday, October 3, 2016 Hurricane Matthew is moving slowly northward at 6MPH as a strong Category 4 hurricane located about 275 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Maximum sustained winds are near 140MPH and warnings remain posted in Jamaica, Haiti, eastern Cuba and the southeast Bahamas.

As potential U.S. impacts for late this week remain unclear, large swells, coastal flooding and beach erosion are possible, in addition to tropical storm-force winds along the eastern Florida coast.

While Central Florida and Full Sail have weathered numerous tropical storms and hurricanes in the past, your safety is our priority.

Full Sail will continue to monitor the storms progress and keep Full Sail students, faculty, and staff members updated through the Emergency Notification System (ENS). Students, faculty and staff members may also sign up to receive text alerts from Full Sail by simply texting Y to 68453. This will place you on the text distribution list for texts with the ENS.

In the event the storm’s strength or projected path pose a threat to our area, we will make a formal announcement as to whether activities and classes need to be suspended. Currently, all classes and planned activities are still as scheduled.

Future updates will be available via Connect, and a recorded message with the latest updates at 407-657-5462, or 407-673-5363. Please use Connect as your primary method for tracking the most current updates. This website will be our official way of communicating with you in an effort to keep our phone lines open in the event of an emergency. We will also be providing updates via the official Full Sail University Twitter account @FullSail.

Now is the time to prepare, not panic. In anticipation of a possible impact—and with the understanding that hurricane season lasts through November—Full Sail recommends that you starting thinking now about what you would do in the event of a storm. Before a situation arises, all students, faculty and staff should have a pre-packed weather emergency kit. This kit should include any prescription medications being taken as well as first aid supplies. Additionally, students should have cash on hand as well as enough food to last several days in the event of an extended power failure. Vehicles should be gassed up in the event service stations remain closed for extended periods of time.

For additional details on how to prepare for hurricanes or tropical storms, please visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

 

[3:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30]

As of Friday, September 30, 2016 Hurricane Matthew located 85 miles northeast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia in the Caribbean Sea is continuing its path to the WSW at 12 MPH. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 MPH. Forecaster’s are currently stating that potential U.S. impacts for late next week remain unclear.

While Central Florida and Full Sail have weathered numerous tropical storms and hurricanes in the past, your safety is our priority.

Full Sail will continue to monitor the storms progress and keep Full Sail students, faculty, and staff members updated through the Emergency Notification System (ENS). Students, faculty and staff members may also sign up to receive text alerts from Full Sail by simply texting Y to 68453. This will place you on the text distribution list for texts with the ENS.

In the event the storm’s strength or projected path pose a threat to our area, we will make a formal announcement as to whether activities and classes need to be suspended. Currently, all classes and planned activities are still as scheduled.

Future updates will be available via Connect, and a recorded message with the latest updates at 407-657-5462, or 407-673-5363. Please use Connect as your primary method for tracking the most current updates. This website will be our official way of communicating with you in an effort to keep our phone lines open in the event of an emergency. We will also be providing updates via the official Full Sail University Twitter account @FullSail.

Now is the time to prepare, not panic. In anticipation of a possible impact—and with the understanding that hurricane season lasts through November—Full Sail recommends that you starting thinking now about what you would do in the event of a storm. Before a situation arises, all students, faculty and staff should have a pre-packed weather emergency kit. This kit should include any prescription medications being taken as well as first aid supplies. Additionally, students should have cash on hand as well as enough food to last several days in the event of an extended power failure. Vehicles should be gassed up in the event service stations remain closed for extended periods of time.

For additional details on how to prepare for hurricanes or tropical storms, please visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

 

 

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