Prepare Now for Hurricane Season; Update Your Valencia Alerts Info

Are you ready for the 2018 hurricane season? Hurricane season starts on June 1, but with a tropical depression forming in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not too early to start preparing — and avoid the last-minute rush to grocery or home-improvement stores.

Prepare financially, know your risk, get prepared and stay informed. Learn how you can develop a plan, receive emergency alerts, and how and where to evacuate. Visit to learn hurricane terms and more ways to prepare.

Hurricanes not only affect coastal communities, but also can have significant impacts hundreds of miles inland. It only takes one to change your life and your community. As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have reminded us, it is not just major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) that we need to worry about. All hurricanes can potentially cause significant damage.

Valencia Alerts

If severe weather is approaching Central Florida, Valencia’s public safety officials will strive to provide a timely warning. The West Campus Security Office serves as the college’s Emergency Operations Center.

In an emergency, all students and employees will receive emergency notifications and updates through the Valencia Alerts system to their cell phone, home phone, email, or via the Valencia Safety App with important emergency notifications and updates. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you make sure your Valencia Alert contact information is correct. To confirm your Valencia Alerts contact information and preferences, please log into Atlas and click on Valencia Alerts. Follow the directions for updating your phone numbers and email information.  If you experience any issues updating your Valencia Alerts, contact OIT.

The college will also communicate emergency notifications and updates through the Valencia Safety app. To download the safety app, please follow this link:

Home Preparation

Click here to test your hurricane knowledge (provided by News 13)

For a recommended list of items needed in an emergency kit, plus other hurricane preparation tips from Florida’s emergency management team, click here.

To prepare your home, check out this video from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA: