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Activation: Hurricane Irma

September 19, 2017

While many Floridians hunkered down for Hurricane Irma, over 200+ USF CERT members and USF student volunteers stepped up to assist their county in need.


USF CERT leaders Elizabeth Dunn, Jay Rajyaguru, Anthony Woodson, Jordan Snead, and others worked at the Hillsborough County EOC on management of all USF/CERT volunteers as well as shelter management placement for all 46 shelters in the county. These shelters held almost 30,000 evacuees who sought protection from the dangerous conditions outside.


While most of our leadership team served in the EOC, CERT Leader Chris Smyth, assisted with setting up a number of our shelters across Hillsborough County and then managed the second largest shelter in at Sgt Smith Middle School throughout the duration of the storm.  


Our USF CERT Leaders are proud of the hard work and dedication of all volunteers and agencies involved in Hurricane Irma response and recovery. Without them, none of this would have been possible.