Tropical Updates — Eta

Update: November 11, 2020 — 1:00 p.m.

The Southeastern University Emergency Response Team (SERT) is continuing to monitor the path and magnitude of Hurricane Eta. Currently, Polk County is under a tropical storm warning. Polk County is projected to feel the effects of the storm early this evening and through the day on Thursday.  Southeastern has made all necessary preparations in the event that severe weather is experienced.

As a precautionary measure, in order to ensure the safety of Southeastern students, staff and faculty, the following steps will be taken:

Wednesday, November 11
5:00 p.m. — All classes scheduled for this evening after 5 p.m. will be delivered remotely.

7:00 p.m. — The university campus will close. All events and facilities will close at this time.

Curfew for residential students (must be in room) will begin. All students who plan to leave campus this evening should email their resident director before leaving.

Thursday, November 12
The university campus will be closed. All classes, athletic events and student events will be cancelled. All offices will be closed. Tuscana, Mi Casa and Chick-fil-A will maintain normal operations.

Friday, November 13
Classes and university offices will be open as normal.

Residence Life staff will provide residential students with information on SEU’s severe weather protocol.

Before leaving the office today, employees should turn off and unplug computers as well as move electronic devices away from windows. Employees should consult with their supervisor for specific information on work responsibilities for their department for Thursday.

For More Information
Please continue to check your emails, the Southeastern website and social media for further updates. If severe or emergency conditions exist, you will receive an emergency notification from the SEU Alert system.

We are performing a test of the system this afternoon. If you didn’t receive a text message by 12:25 p.m., please follow the instructions in the attached file to sign up for future text alerts. We will continue to assess and communicate as the storm develops.

For your convenience, here are some links that provide safety tips and storm tracking before, during and after a hurricane:


Update: November 11, 2020 — 8:00 a.m.

As of 4:20 a.m., a tropical storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Polk County, Florida, including the Southeastern University campus. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected within this area within the next 36 hours.
SEU will continue to monitor TS Eta and share more information about campus closures and openings as information is available. Regular updates will be shared on SEU’s website and through the university’s official social media accounts. Critical information regarding severe weather conditions will also be sent through the SEU Alerts system as the situation develops.


Update: November 9, 2020 — 10:00 a.m.

SEU is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Eta and any potential impacts to our area. The safety of the SEU community is our highest priority as we track the projected path of the storm. At this time, there are no changes to class schedules or normal business operations.

Any updated information will be shared via SEU.edu, SEU’s official social media channels, and email. Please monitor local weather reports and review their hurricane plans. Emergency preparation information can also be found at https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.