Office Preparations in Advance of Tropical Depression Fred

August 13, 2021 – Santa Fe College is continuing to monitor the track of Tropical Depression Fred. The storm is expected to regain strength and become a Tropical Storm before making landfall somewhere in the Big Bend or Florida panhandle.

The Santa Fe College service district of Alachua and Bradford counties can expect periods of heavy rain bands and potentially gusty winds associated with the storm beginning late Saturday evening and through much of the day Sunday. SF faculty and staff are encouraged to go to eStaff and verify that their emergency contact information is up to date. Students can also update their emergency contact information at eSantaFe. In the event of a closure, or other emergency information, the college will send notifications through text messages, phone calls and other means to alert the college community. 

Although much of the pre-storm preparation has been done, before leaving the office for the day, all employees should verify that the following issues have been addressed including:  

Refrigerators: Please remove all perishable food from refrigerators take home with you, or if you throw it out in the break room trash can, place trash bag outside of your office and notify Facilities Services. 

Outside Signs: Programs should bring all signage inside. Notify Facilities of any hanging signs that need to be removed.

Golf Carts: Facilities has asked that golf carts be parked as close to buildings as possible. 

Windows: Please double check that windows in your area are closed and latched. Lower any shades. Close any vertical blinds. 

Computers and Electrical Devices: Please power down all computers and devices. Back up as needed. DO NOT cover the computer with a plastic garbage bag at any time.

The college community is also encouraged to make any preparations necessary, not just for this storm but throughout hurricane season. Use the ready.gov webpage for additional storm preparation information.

All official updates from the college concerning this storm will be posted on the SF Weather Alerts web page. The next update will be posted by 6 p.m. Friday, August 13.