Be prepared this fall for weather, flu season

Published: August 27th, 2012

Category: News

Hurricane Ivan

A file image of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

A message from Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Deb Staats:

Levin College of Law Students,

Whether you are joining us for your first year of law school or are a returning student, welcome to the 2012-2013 academic year. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information related to campus emergency and safety issues, as well as provide a reminder about where you can find information about weather and related emergency situations.

Emergency Response Information:

We are now in the heart of the hurricane season. The Levin College of Law follows University of Florida policies and procedures regarding school closings and other matters, and the latest information will be posted on the UF Home page at Updated information on school closings and related matters will also be available on local radio and TV stations and by calling UF at 352-392-3261 (which is activated during emergencies only). You can also link to this information from the law school home page at

Hurricanes give us time to prepare a response, but some situations do not:

In the event of a fire or other emergency at the law school, please proceed quickly but carefully to the nearest exit, then continue at least 50 feet away from the exterior of the school. Do NOT go to the law school courtyard.

If a severe storm or tornado occurs while you are on the law school campus, please go to or remain in an inside, windowless classroom or other facility. Instructions are posted in each classroom and in other spaces on the law school campus. Examples include the Rare Book Room, internal library meeting rooms, and Bailey Courtroom.

Our facilities are equipped with the Informacast Emergency Broadcast system, which will be used to broadcast emergency messages as necessary throughout our buildings through telephones and speakers in the offices, classrooms, courtyard, and student gathering spaces.

In addition, we have three Automated Emergency Defibrillators (AEDs) in our buildings. One is located on the third floor outside room 382, one in the Legal Information Center lobby, and one in Bruton-Geer outside the Center for Career Development. In the event of a cardiac arrest, please call 911 immediately, but also follow the instructions on the signs above the AEDs. Those instructions provide the numbers to the Dean’s Office and the Legal Information Center who will assist in the response.

Flu Season:

The H1N1 flu outbreaks in recent years reminded us all of good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes and mouth with your hands. You may also have noticed that we have hand sanitizer dispensers at multiple locations around the law campus, and I encourage you to use them. Such practices will help to contain any seasonal flu outbreaks that may develop. I also encourage you to visit the Student Health Care Center for information about vaccinations that are available to students at In addition, it is our practice to make flu shots available at the law school as flu season nears.


The safety of our students is of utmost importance to our campus community. Please do not prop open the doors after hours, as this practice compromises not only your safety but the security of the facilities overall. When leaving the law campus area after hours, use resources such as SNAP, or Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol, made available to you by the University Police Department. You may request a walking escort or a ride with SNAP via telephone at 392-SNAP (392-7627). For more information about SNAP call the UPD Community Services Division at 392-1111.

The beginning of each academic year holds great anticipation and excitement for all of us. I wish you a successful, healthy, and safe 2012-2013.