UPDATE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 12 P.M. Polk State College’s campuses and centers will remain closed through Friday due to Hurricane Ian. This includes collegiate high schools, dual enrollment, and online classes. The College’s Emergency Management Team will continue to meet daily to determine if closures need to be modified or extended. Updates will be provided on polk.edu and through local and social media.
ORIGINAL POST: The College’s campuses and centers will close today, Tuesday, at 12 p.m. This includes collegiate high schools and on-campus dual enrollment classes. Online classes will continue through the evening. The College will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to Hurricane Ian. This includes all campus operations and online classes.
The College’s Emergency Management Team will continue to meet daily to determine if closures need to be modified or extended for the remainder of the week. Updates will be provided on polk.edu and through local and social media.
As of the 8 a.m. public advisory, Ian is approximately 10 miles north-northeast of Cuba and about 130 miles south-southwest of the Dry Tortugas. Maximum sustained winds are at 125 mph and the storm is moving north at approximately 12 mph.
Polk State urges everyone to sign up for AlertPolk and monitor messaging from Polk County Emergency Management, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and the National Hurricane Center. Polk County residents are also encouraged to review information on the Polk County Emergency Management website regarding hurricane preparedness, emergency and special needs shelters, and more. Sandbag sites are open across the County daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until weather conditions make it unsafe to be outside.
Students, faculty, and staff should also ensure contact information in Passport is up to date to receive emergency alerts from Polk State. Students should check under “My Details” and employees should check under “Personal” and “Change Contact Info.” Numbers entered in the “Cellular Number” field in the “Personal Information” section will be used for emergency voice and text messages.