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Zika Virus Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for regions currently experiencing Zika infections. St. Petersburg College is monitoring the outbreak in those regions and worldwide. The virus is a risk for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant as the virus is known to cause birth defects. Please visit the CDC website for more information about the virus and preventative measures at

Hurricane Season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Plan now and stay on top of the weather with the following resources.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season (June 1- Nov. 30)

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. During this time, SPC officials closely monitor Pinellas County Emergency Management bulletins and official weather forecasts when SPC falls within the National Hurricane Center’s zone of landfall probability. By doing so, SPC will have time to activate the college’s Emergency Management Plan, alert campus personnel, recommend protective actions, including evacuations, and communicate emergency notifications.

To prepare, you should:

Communicating to students, faculty and staff in an emergency or during recovery

When an emergency poses a potential threat to life and safety, the college will send emergency notifications to students, faculty and staff through SPC Alert.

The college’s main web site at is the official source of college information regarding the status of the institution. Information also will be posted on this blog.

Important Contact Information

  • Collegewide Security: 727-791-2560
  • Life-threatening emergency: 911
  • Message on SPC’s toll free number: 866-822-3978

Communication channels

SPC officials communicate important information to faculty, staff, and students through the following:

  • College home page
  • Employee and student e-mail
  • Automated phone messages to employees’ home, cell and office phones
  • Text messages
  • Recorded message on our toll-free number: 866-822-3978
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • SPC television station
  • Computer pop-up messages
  • Broadcast speakers
  • Local media outlets

Choosing to receive emergency text messages

In an emergency, the college calls your home phone number on file first. But you can also receive these messages on your cell phone and through text messages.

For Employees

  1. Log in to the Faculty/Staff page
  2. Go to MySPC and look for Personal Information under the Self Service section.
  3. Under Phone Numbers, make sure you home and cell phone numbers are updated.
  4. Go to Emergency Cell/Text Options.
  5. Enter your cell phone number, and confirm whether you want to receive text messages and click save.
  6. Text YES to 68453 from your mobile device to register for text alerts.

For Students

  1. Log in to the Student page
  2. Go to MySPC and look for My Personal Information.
  3. Under Phone Numbers, update your home and cell phone numbers.
  4. Under Emergency Cell/Text Options, confirm whether you want to receive text messages on your cell phone and click save.
  5. Text YES to 68453 from your mobile device to register for text alerts.

To opt-out of receiving text messages, send a text to 68453 and indicate stop, quit or unsubscribe.

Types of messages

Emergency communications during hurricane season could include:

  • Recommended actions to take when the college is monitoring a storm
  • Recommended actions to take when the college is preparing for a storm
  • What to do when an evacuation is ordered
  • Ways to stay in touch with the college during a storm
  • When the college anticipates reopening
  • What to do if the college is closed for an extended period

In the event of a closure, campuses will reopen only after the college damage assessment and recovery teams have surveyed the damage and re-powered critical systems.

Information regarding re-openings will be provided through:

  • this blog
  • the college toll-free number: 866-822-3978
  • SPC e-mail
  • local media outlets.

The college president has authority to close the college or cancel classes. The college is required to close when an official state or local governmental agency issues a mandatory evacuation order for Pinellas County. Beginning in 2010, the evacuation zones for 73,000 property parcels in Pinellas County changed because of new ways of collecting storm data.

Important Resources

For questions on Emergency Management at SPC, please call or e-mail Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Grey at 727-341-4501.


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