Emergency Management

Current Information

8:00 AM, Friday, February 3

Rollins College is OPEN and operating under normal conditions.

The Rollins College Emergency Operations Center is at LEVEL 3: Monitoring.



5:00 PM, Friday, October 7

Rollins College’s emergency response to Hurricane Matthew is standing down. The campus sustained minimal damage and residential halls are now approved to reoccupy. The campus remains on full electrical power.

Students taking shelter in the Bush Science Center can now relocate to resident halls and the shelter will close at 6:00 p.m., after dinner is served.

Campus activities will remain canceled through the weekend. Rollins will return to normal operations Monday, October 10.

Because the campus sustained minimal damage, no volunteers are needed for clean-up efforts.

This is the final emergency update related to Hurricane Matthew. If there are any further questions, please contact Rollins Campus Safety at 407-646-2999.

1:00 PM, Friday, October 7

Rollins College continues to have electrical power. The shelter at Bush Science Center remains safe and operational.

Hurricane Matthew is now northeast of Orlando, in the Daytona Beach area. As the storm continues along its present path, the potential risk to the Rollins campus and community members continues to diminish. An assessment of the storm’s damage to campus buildings and infrastructure will start at 1:30 p.m.

Another update will be posted at 5:00 p.m.

8:00 AM, Friday, October 7

Rollins College currently has electrical power. The shelter at Bush Science Center reports no issues and everyone in the shelter is safe.

9:30 PM, Thursday, October 6

Rollins College is sheltering 182 members of the Rollins community safely inside Bush Science Center. The remaining portion of the campus has been evacuated and the college is prepared for the storm. Another update will be posted Friday morning.

Orange County Curfew

In an effort to protect the life and safety of all citizens and first responders, a mandatory curfew has been put into effect for Orange County from Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. Please stay off the roads unless there are extenuating circumstances.

12:30 PM, Thursday, October 6

Rollins is preparing campus for Hurricane Matthew.

Closing Information

The College is closed starting at noon today. Additionally, all campus activities, including classes and events, have been cancelled through the weekend.

Rollins is expected to resume normal operations Monday, October 10, but because of the Fall Break academic recess, classes will resume Wednesday, October 12.

All residence halls will be cleared at 7 p.m. by tonight. Those students remaining on campus at this time should report to the shelter at Bush Science Center.

Shelter Information for Students Remaining On-Campus

The on-campus shelter at Bush Science Center has been changed from a 24-hour shelter to a 36-hour shelter. This is because the track of Hurricane Matthew appears to be slowing and is expected to impact the Central Florida region later Friday morning and for a potentially extended period.

Shelter check-in is from 5-7 p.m. tonight. Please use the entrance at the South side, close to the Warren Administration Building. The shelter will be staffed overnight by members of the Residential Life & Explorations team, as well as Campus Safety officers and Housekeeping staff.

Dinner will be offered at the Cornell Campus Center from 4-6 p.m. Snacks will be provided at the shelter throughout the night, but please feel free to bring your own. Full meals will be provided at the shelter for breakfast, lunch and dinner (if necessary) on Friday.

Parking Garage

The SunTrust Parking Garage is closed to the public as of noon today. Students, faculty, staff and people staying in the Bush Science Center shelter may use the garage using the Lyman Avenue entrance.

Future Updates

Please visit emergency.rollins.edu and follow Rollins social channels for the latest information. Stay safe during the storm.

8:00 AM, Wednesday, October 5

All classes are canceled Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7.

The College will be CLOSED beginning at noon TODAY,  Thursday, October 6. 

As of October 5, there is a Hurricane Warning for Orange County, Florida.

For Rollins students and employees

Over the last 48 hours, the College has focused on preparing the campus in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Our Facilities team has been busy trimming trees, clearing furniture and preparing buildings and basements for high winds and rain. Our main goals over the next several days are ensuring life safety and preserving campus property, with the aim of restoring campus to normal operations in as short of a timeframe as possible following the storm.

At this point, it’s too early to determine when the campus will be most impacted, but we are looking at late Thursday afternoon through early evening on Friday.


Rollins asks that all students and employees enter their information in the Hurricane Student Tracker.

Bush Science Center will be the College’s 24-hour storm ride-out shelter beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. This shelter at Bush is primarily for students staying on campus, but will be open to Rollins community members, including those who live off campus.

We want Rollins community members remaining on campus to be as comfortable as possible, but we are mindful that the campus may lose power. Because Bush is on back-up emergency power, this is the safest place for students to ride out the storm. We ask that students move to the shelter during the shelter check-in time, Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Candles are not permitted. Use flashlights in the event that we lose power.
  • Do not bring valuable items to the shelter.
  • Items to bring:
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping bag
    • Phone and charger
    • Change of clothes
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, etc.)
    • Medications (If these need to be refrigerated, please connect with a staff member during shelter check-in)
    • Books/laptops/things to pass the time
    • Flashlight

Food will be provided during the shelter period. The shelter will be staffed by members of the Residential Life and Explorations team, and a Wellness Center counselor will be available.

  • Thursday, 4 – 6 p.m.: Dinner at Cornell Campus Center
  • Thursday, 7 p.m. on: Snacks at Bush Science Center
  • Friday, TBD: Breakfast and lunch at Bush Science Center
  • Meals beyond these times are TBD

Keeping student safety in mind, this shelter is not a public shelter and is strictly for members of the Rollins community. One exception to this rule is that we have offered to shelter members of Winter Park Fire and Police. If we find that others outside the Rollins community are trying to check in to the shelter, we will refer them to an alternative nearby County shelter.

For information on what to do with pets, service animals or emotional support animals, please contact Residential Life and Explorations at 407-646-2649. Animals will be allowed in the shelter, but must be in their own kennels or crates and will be in an isolated area.


We ask that if you are not sheltering at the Bush Science Center shelter, all non-emergency essential personnel leave campus by noon on Thursday. If you’re unsure whether you’re considered non-essential emergency personnel. Please check with your supervisor to determine staffing and support for your area. The College will officially close Thursday at noon.