Hurricane Update

Hurricane Irma – Getting Back on Track

Sept. 15, 2017,


Classes resume Monday, Sept. 18, at the College of Central Florida. We understand the significant impact that Hurricane Irma has had on our community. At CF, we are dedicated to your success and want to share information to help you return to classes.

  • CF has extended the withdrawal date for Fall A to Tuesday, Oct. 3.
  • Students may request to receive additional financial aid (an increase in budget) for certain documented expenses. Please visit the Financial Aid office at your location for information and application.
  • The application deadline for the spring semester Associate Degree Nursing program has been extended to Sept. 22, 2017.
  • The Learning Resources Center at the Ocala Campus will be open Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The air-conditioned LRC has computers, internet and phone charging stations.
  • CF will host a Hurricane Information Station Monday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the center lawn at the Ocala Campus. Stop by to get information on college and community resources to help you transition back to classes.
  • CF’s MEGA Monday, Sept. 18, will be focused on Hurricane Irma recovery. Students can share their experiences, discuss community needs and help identify service projects.
  • CF will hold a moment of prayer at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, under the large oak tree on center lawn at the Ocala Campus. Join us as we come together as a family to pray for those impacted by the storm and for the healing of our community and our state.
  • Student Life (Building 11) will serve as a drop off location for hurricane supplies. Please consider donating items you purchased but did not use (water, batteries, canned foods, etc.) that can be distributed to CF students and staff that are still in need at this time. Drop your items off starting Monday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. We will collect through Friday, Sept. 22.
  • If you have not signed up for CF RAVE Alerts, please do now. Logon to the CF portal and find the link at the top left.

In addition, CF offers ongoing support in a number of areas. Please visit our resources page here. We look forward to seeing you back on campus.

Wednesday, Sept. 13 

The College of Central Florida will reopen all locations Friday and classes will resume Monday. The staggered restart will allow CF faculty and staff an opportunity to check their work areas and catch up on critical operations before students return to classes.

“While the danger of Hurricane Irma has passed, we know that power outages, limited gasoline supplies and other factors are still having an impact on daily routines of our students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. James Henningsen, CF president. “It was important for us to allow time for dealing with the challenges associated with this unprecedented disaster.”

The Learning Lab School will reopen Friday. Special events at Marion, Citrus, and Levy campuses and the Appleton Museum of Art will resume Monday. Please call 352-873-5800 when the college reopens Friday for additional information.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

The College of Central Florida will remain closed Wednesday; classes are expected to resume Thursday. The safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority.

"We know that many community members are without power and/or internet and that gas shortages are a significant concern," said Dr. James Henningsen, CF president. "This additional day will allow students and our CF team members time to manage storm impacts and return to campus safely."

Please check back here or monitor social media and local media for updates. 

Friday, Sept. 8

The college will remain closed through Tuesday to allow students, faculty and staff time to recover from Hurricane Irma. 

Prepare immediately for this catastrophic storm.

For updates, check Facebook and local media.

For up to date storm information,

Wednesday, Sept. 6

The college will close all locations Friday through Monday due to Hurricane Irma. Locations include Ocala Campus, Citrus Campus, Levy Campus, Hampton Center, Appleton Museum of Art, and Vintage Farm.

All museum and college events Friday through Monday, including the Citrus Campus Careers & Colleges Expo, have been cancelled. 

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to prepare now for this catastrophic storm. 

For up to date storm information, visit

Before the Storm • During the Storm • After the Storm • Weather Websites • Survival Kit Basics


Citizen information lines and emergency lines are only activated during an emergency. Visit the emergency website for your county to learn which shelters are open.

College of Central Florida 
Emergency Information Lines352-291-4499 or 1-800-831-9244
Marion County 
Emergency Operations Center 352-369-8100
Sheriff’s Office 352-732-9111
 Citrus County 
Emergency Management  352-746-6555
Citizen Information  352-746-5470 or 352-527-2106 
Sheriff’s Office  352-726-4488
Levy County 
Emergency Management 352-486-5213
Citizen Information352-486-5155 or 352-486-5576
Sheriff’s Office 352-486-5111


  • Login to the MyCF portal and verify your contact information for the RAVE Emergency Notification System. There is no need to opt in. You may add emails, telephone numbers, etc.
  • Ensure your name, address and telephone number are accurate with Human Resources. Log on to MyCF, click Personal Info and then Biographical info. To update, go to, forms, Human Resources, update Name and Address Change form.
  • Periodically check your email when a storm begins to approach our area. (From home, go to, type in admin95\ username and your password.)
  • Conduct any last-minute backup of data on your computer.
When the CF president announces the closing of the college, please complete the following before leaving your department:
  1. Take the emergency information number with you (352-291-4499).
  2. Department heads should ensure that all department members follow the hurricane procedures in this document.
  3. Log off and power down computers. Do not unplug. Do not cover.
  4. Remove contents from refrigerators.
  5. Leave electrical appliances plugged in.
  6. Secure all important items.
  7. Secure all important items.
  8. Place electronics and other items subject to flood damage as high as possible, such as on counters, shelves or desks.
  9. Move items away from windows.
  10. Close and lock all office and classroom windows and doors in your department.
  11. Exit the building and drive as safely as possible as you leave campus.


  • Tune in to local TV or radio stations or monitor online news sites for news and weather. Make sure you have plenty of fresh batteries for your radio.
  • Have your emergency survival kit ready to go if told to evacuate.
  • If advised to evacuate, tell others where you are going, turn off utilities if instructed, leave immediately and following routes designated by local officials.


  • CF will remain closed to ALL employees until an immediate danger assessment is reported to the president. A damage assessment must be made before any cleanup efforts begin. Do not return to CF while the college is closed unless you are contacted by your supervisor and told you are needed. All essential personnel reporting to the college while the college is officially closed must check in with CF Public Safety.
  • Reopening information for employees and students will be available at and 352-291-4499. Announcements will also be made by local media.



Marion, Citrus and Levy emergency management all subscribe to CODE Red, emergency notification system. Enter your information at one of these websites to receive emergency notifications:


  • One gallon of water per person, per day, for three to seven days
  • Three- to seven-day supply of nonperishable food, juices, nonelectric can opener, cooking tools, fuel
  • First aid supplies
  • Prescription drugs
  • Seasonal clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes
  • Special items for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries, hygiene items, moist wipes
  • Flashlight, batteries
  • Battery-powered or crank radio, NOAA weather radio
  • Fully charged cell phone, extra battery; traditional corded telephone that doesn’t require electricity
  • Cash, credit cards
  • Important documents in waterproof container
  • Tools
  • Keys
  • Pet supplies
  • Toys, books, games

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