Hurricanes don’t strike often, but in a coastal area, it is important that all residents be aware of the possibility and prepared to take necessary steps in case a hurricane threatens. Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30.

The following terms are helpful to know:

  • Hurricane Watch: Hurricane poses possible threat to specified coastal areas and is likely to strike within 24-36 hours.
  • Hurricane Warning: Hurricane is EXPECTED to strike within 24 hours or less. Hurricane damage and danger can come from a flood surge, which may be as high as 18 feet, as well as from high winds.
  • Tropical storms are intense storms with winds of less than 74 mph. They seldom pose a threat to residents, although residents should be prepared for power outages and other effects of high winds and strong rain.

Palm Beach Atlantic University has plans in place to help students, faculty and staff prepare for the approach of a tropical storm or hurricane. Our plans include:

  • Notification of class cancellations or campus closings prior to the storm
  • Information updates during the storm
  • Reports on power outages or damage to campus facilities as a result of the storm
  • Information on reopening campus and resumption of classes

University information is communicated through several official sources: e-mail list serves, the PBA website (, campus cable system, campus telephone system, information lines, the main PBA Facebook page  and the main PBA Twitter account.

Employees: Call 561-803-2088 or 1-800-299-6483 

Students, parents, public: Call 561-803-2089 or 1-800-400-5076 

Click on the links below for the latest from the major Palm Beach County media outlets:

What you can do if there is a hurricane:

  • PBA has an Alert Messaging System for current students, faculty and staff. Check your cell phone as the PBA Alert Messaging System utilizes cell numbers to send alerts via text messages in the event of an emergency.
  • Have a personal hurricane plan. Palm Beach Atlantic’s president might decide to close the campus for safety reasons if a storm threatens the campus. All resident students are required to file their personal hurricane plans with Residence Life staff, but it’s a good idea for everyone to have plan. Most students plan to return home, if they live within driving distance, or stay at the home of a roommate or suite mate.
  • Secure your data. Make backups of your computer files regularly during hurricane season.
  • Have a small supply of food and water on hand. Even if you leave your residence, you will want to bring personal supplies with you. A flashlight and spare batteries are good to have around, too.