UCF parents: Here's how to get updates as Dorian approaches

University is monitoring storm

The University of Central Florida after Hurricane Charley hit in 2004. Image courtesy of UCF.

ORLANDO, Fla. – It's only been a few days since parents dropped their children off at the University of Central Florida for the first day of classes and already a storm is threatening to hit campus.

As Hurricane Dorian approaches, the time to prepare is now. Current models show Florida's east coast will likely feel impacts from the monster storm.

[READ: UCF hurricane guide]

Last week, university officials announced that the campus will close beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and remain closed until Thursday.

On Monday, the school announced that students who live in Greek on-campus housing, Libra, Apolla, Lake Claire, Nike, Hercules and Neptune communities will be required to ride out the storm in the education building between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Students who live in UCF affiliated housing communities such as Knights Circle, the Pointe at Central and NorthView are welcome to go to the ride-out location on campus, but it is not required.

UCF's Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and will provide updates on the situation at this link and the www.ucf.edu homepage.

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In the meantime, UCF students and parents are encouraged to sign up for campus alerts, which is how urgent updates and closure information will be shared.

Below is information on how students can sign up:

  • Go to www.my.ucf.edu and log in.
  • Click on Student Self Service, located on the left side of the screen in the tool bar.
  • Scroll down to the blue Personal Information heading on your Student Center screen.
  • Click on UCF Alert.
  • Fill out the information, including your email address, cellphone number and cellphone provider.
  • Click Apply to save the changes, then click OK.
  • There is also an option to add a parent, spouse or another contact so that person can receive the alerts as well.

    Updates will also be posted on some university social media accounts. Be sure to follow:

    You can also tune into News 6 on air, at ClickOrlando.com and on Facebook and Twitter for everything you need to know about Dorian.