Latest information on Tropical Storm Eta

By UM News

Latest information on Tropical Storm Eta

By UM News
The University of Miami is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Eta and providing information as needed.

TROPICAL STORM ETA – ADVISORY 4
Monday, Nov. 9: 1 p.m.

Tropical Storm Eta is moving west away from South Florida and the most significant part of the storm has now moved through the area. Residual rain bands and intermittent gusty conditions remain possible through the end of today and potentially into tomorrow. Members of the University community should exercise caution if traveling or going outside today as some areas of South Florida have experienced significant flooding.

As previously communicated, all classes on the Coral Gables and Marines campuses will be conducted remotely today. Students with clinical rotations should follow the guidance provided by their clinical sites. Miller School of Medicine students should follow guidance issued by the medical school.

Classes and all other University operations will resume their normal schedules tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Preliminary assessments have been conducted of all campuses. Only very minor issues have been identified and are rapidly being addressed. If you identify issues in your specific space, please contact Facilities and Operations for your respective campus:

We appreciate the precautions taken by all members of the University community. As operations resume on Tuesday, all COVID-19 health and safety measures—such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance—remain in effect. For more information regarding COVID-19, visit coronavirus.miami.edu.


TROPICAL STORM ETA – ADVISORY 3
Sunday, Nov. 8: 1 p.m.

The University of Miami continues to closely monitor and prepare for impacts from Tropical Storm Eta, which currently is located approximately 225 miles south-southeast of Miami-Dade County. The safety of the University community continues to be the top priority.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in our area. The earliest reasonable time South Florida may experience impacts from the storm would be Sunday evening, extending through Monday.

Due to the increasing threat from Tropical Storm Eta, the following actions are being taken to ensure the safety of the University community:

COURSE INSTRUCTION

  • All in-person classes on the Coral Gables and Marine campuses (with the exception of those clinical rotations described below) will be conducted remotely on Monday, Nov. 9.
  • All remote-learning courses will continue to meet as scheduled.
  • Faculty are encouraged to record all Monday lectures, in the event students experience storm-related power disruptions.
  • Students with clinical rotations should follow the guidance provided by their clinical sites.
  • Miller School of Medicine students should follow guidance issued by the medical school regarding course schedules.

CAMPUS OPERATIONS

  • The Student Center Complex—including the Shalala Center, pool, and food court—University Libraries, and the Herbert Wellness Center will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, and will remain closed on Monday, Nov. 9.
  • On-campus dining halls will close at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. Increased take-out options will be available for students. Resident dining will resume operations at 11 a.m. on Monday. Schedules for resident dining and other on-campus eateries are available at dineoncampus.com/miami/hours-of-operation.
  • For students on the Coral Gables Campus, two shopping shuttles will operate continuously until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. Shuttle stops include Lot 721 in front of the Albenga Garage, Architecture Circle, Stanford Circle, CVS, Publix, and Whole Foods. Students can track shuttles via the University’s mobile app.

EMPLOYEE SCHEDULES

  • To the extent possible, employees should continue to work remotely on Monday, Nov. 9.
  • Medical school and health system employees should follow schedule-related messages issued by Medical Communications.

COVID-19 TESTING

  • The COVID-19 testing center at Pavia Garage will be closed on Monday, Nov. 9. Students whose appointments are impacted will be contacted via text message by the UScreen team with instructions to reschedule their appointment.

Students are encouraged to proactively share their storm plan and the University’s Storm Alert communications with their family and friends.

Any future decisions made regarding campus operations or class schedules will be immediately communicated to the University community.

The University community is advised to monitor UM Emergency Management social media accounts at www.facebook.com/UMiamiENN and www.twitter.com/UMiamiENN for interim updates.

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General Emergency Preparedness Information

  • As a reminder, the University only issues evacuation orders for the Coral Gables Campus if direct impacts are expected from a Category 3 or greater storm. This is not expected to be the case given the current forecast.
  • Emergency Alerts: Verify that your personal and emergency contact information is up to date in CaneLink or Workday. Continue to monitor official University communications. When a situation warrants, the University will issue emergency information via mass text, voice messages, and emails. The latest information is also posted on the University homepage and University Emergency Information Hotline at 800-227-0354.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit with essential supplies needed for a minimum of three to seven days.
  • Supervisors and unit emergency planners should confirm their unit’s continuity plan in the UReady Continuity Planning System.
  • Each unit’s human resources partner can use the “UM Emergency Contact Information” report in Workday to provide management with the latest contact information for all employees in the unit. Printed copies of this report should be maintained by managers and a copy uploaded to UReady.
  • Additional information on hurricane preparedness can be found on the University’s Hurricane Preparedness website.

TROPICAL STORM ETA – ADVISORY 2
Saturday, Nov. 7: 2 p.m.

The University of Miami continues to closely monitor and prepare for impacts from Tropical Storm Eta, which is currently located approximately 400 miles southwest of Miami-Dade County. The safety of the University community continues to be the top priority.

University of Miami leadership continues to assess the situation and will notify the community of any operational changes at the University or UHealth, if that becomes necessary.

There is currently a 40-50% chance of South Florida experiencing tropical storm conditions from late Sunday through Monday. Impacts are expected to include tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes.

At this time, the University community is encouraged to enact personal preparations.

For students on the Coral Gables Campus, two shopping shuttles will operate continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. Shuttle stops will include Lot 721 in front of the Albenga Garage, Architecture Circle, Stanford Circle, CVS, Publix, and Whole Foods. Students can track shuttles via the University’s mobile app.

Facilities and Operations personnel are finalizing preparations on all campuses.

Any updates—such as changes to campus operations—will be communicated in future Storm Alert emails, University social media channels, and, if needed, through the Emergency Notification Network.

The University community is advised to monitor UM Emergency Management social media accounts at www.facebook.com/UMiamiENN and www.twitter.com/UMiamiENN for interim updates.

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General Emergency Preparedness Information

  • As a reminder, the University only issues evacuation orders for the Coral Gables Campus if direct impacts are expected from a Category 3 or greater storm. This is not expected to be the case given the current forecast.
  • Emergency Alerts: Verify that your personal and emergency contact information is up to date in CaneLink or Workday. Continue to monitor official University communications. When a situation warrants, the University will issue emergency information via mass text, voice messages, and emails. The latest information is also posted on the University homepage and University Emergency Information Hotline at 800-227-0354.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit with essential supplies needed for a minimum of three to seven days.
  • Supervisors and unit emergency planners should confirm their unit’s continuity plan in the UReady Continuity Planning System.
  • Each unit’s human resources partner can use the “UM Emergency Contact Information” report in Workday to provide management with the latest contact information for all employees in the unit. Printed copies of this report should be maintained by managers and a copy uploaded to UReady.
  • Additional information on hurricane preparedness can be found on the University’s Hurricane Preparedness website.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA – ADVISORY 1
Friday, Nov. 6: 2 p.m.

The University of Miami continues to closely monitor Tropical Depression Eta, which is currently located approximately 700 miles southwest of Miami-Dade County. Keeping the University community safe and informed are the top priorities as we continue to monitor Tropical Depression Eta.

At this time, there are no storm-related changes to University operations, including UHealth.

There is currently a 25-30% chance of South Florida experiencing tropical storm conditions Sunday into Monday. Impacts could include tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes. If Tropical Depression Eta continues on this forecast track, then the earliest reasonable time impacts would be experienced in South Florida is Sunday.

Facilities and Operations personnel on all campuses have begun preparing campus exterior areas. The University will continue to actively monitor and assess the situation and is prepared to take additional action should it become necessary.

The University community is advised to monitor UM Emergency Management social media accounts at www.facebook.com/UMiamiENN and www.twitter.com/UMiamiENN for interim updates.


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General Emergency Preparedness Information

  • As a reminder, the University only issues evacuation orders for the Coral Gables Campus if direct impacts are expected from a Category 3 or greater storm. This is not expected to be the case given the current forecast.
  • Emergency Alerts: Verify that your personal and emergency contact information is up to date in CaneLink or Workday. Continue to monitor official University communications. When a situation warrants, the University will issue emergency information via mass text, voice messages, and emails. The latest information is also posted on the University homepage and University Emergency Information Hotline at 800-227-0354.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit with essential supplies needed for a minimum of three to seven days.
  • Supervisors and unit emergency planners should confirm their unit’s continuity plan in the UReady Continuity Planning System.
  • Each unit’s human resources partner can use the “UM Emergency Contact Information” report in Workday to provide management with the latest contact information for all employees in the unit. Printed copies of this report should be maintained by managers and a copy uploaded to UReady.
  • Additional information on hurricane preparedness can be found on the University’s Hurricane Preparedness website.