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Florida State University will open the Donald L. Tucker Center tonight for current registered students, faculty and staff

Florida State University will open a facility at the Donald L. Tucker Center tonight (Tues. Oct. 9) for current registered students as well as faculty and staff who live off-campus and feel unsafe to weather Hurricane Michael in their current living situation. Individuals staying in the shelter should arrive between 9:00pm and midnight tonight. The facility will remain open for the duration of the storm until FSU issues the ALL CLEAR.

Individuals should arrive and check-in at the Tucker Center between 9 p.m. and midnight tonight (Tues. Oct. 9). Individuals must arrive by midnight as weather conditions will begin to deteriorate at that time.

A current FSU ID will be required for entry. Immediate family members may join FSU students, faculty and staff. Individuals are encouraged to dress in layered clothing and closed toe shoes and should be prepared to stay for a minimum of 48 hours.

Be prepared to bring:

  • A blanket and pillow (no cots will be provided)
  • Water and non-perishable food and snacks for 2 days
  • Charged mobile devices and backup charging devices
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Necessary medications (and storage needs)
  • Homework/reading material

Service animals will be allowed at the facility. An emotional support animal will be permitted with appropriate medical or mental health provider documentation.

No flammables, alcohol, weapons, or illegal drugs will be allowed. All individuals and belongings are subject to search by the FSU Police Department.

Please note, it is anticipated that the facility may lose power. Bedding, food, and drink will not be provided.  

Prior to coming to the facility, students are encouraged to communicate with family and friends regarding your storm plan. At your residence, please make sure to secure objects on balconies, ledges, porches, and backyards. Take care and stay safe! For updates, visit