UCF Cares

UCF Cares is an umbrella of care-related programs and resources dedicated to fostering a caring community of Knights. However, it takes all of us from students to staff, from faculty to friends, to show that we care about one another. The goal of the UCF CARES initiative is to build a culture of care one KNIGHT at a time. We are all UCF and need to do our part in connecting any fellow knights in distress to appropriate resources. To learn more about UCF Cares and get guidance on a variety of issues, visit them at


Stay Vigilant about your Safety

The UCF Police Department reminds you to be vigilant about your safety – both on campus and off. Rideshare apps are a great way to get from place to place, but it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and keep safety top of mind. Before getting a ride, remember these simple steps to ensure you get where you need to go safely:

  • Rideshares will send you information about your ride before the vehicle gets there. Make sure the description on the app matches the car and driver that show up, including the license plate number.
  • When your ride arrives, ask the driver who they are there to pick up. If the driver doesn’t know the correct name, don’t get in the car.
  • Ensure the child locks in the door are not on. The switch is typically located on the inside of the rear door in most cars. Before getting in, look at the switch to make sure it is in the off position.
  • Tell a family member or friend where you are leaving and where you are going. Some apps have a “Share Status” option that lets customers share their ride details.
  • Use the buddy system when using a ride share, and look out others. Never be afraid to call 911 if you feel unsafe.

Wherever you live, you should think about your safety. Please note these simple points:

  • Don’t let anyone you don’t know inside your residence
  • Ask for your doors to be re-keyed before you move in
  • Lock windows and doors at all times
  • Keep the same answering message—never indicate you are alone or away
  • Contact management immediately if any safety locks or devices need repair
  • Lock your car and hide valuables at all times—even if you are present
  • Check the back seat and the floor of your car before entering
  • Use the Blue Light Emergency Phones when you are on campus
  • Avoid placing hidden keys outside your residence and never lend keys out
  • Learn your escape routes for fires or storms
  • Exit immediately if there is a fire, leave your valuables, and stay low if there is heavy smoke
  • Respond to all alarms in your building or community
  • Avoid using an ATM at night, alone, in dark and/or isolated areas, and places with hedges and bushes nearby, or if you feel that the ATM has been tampered with
  • Don’t post private information such as your address, phone number, schedule, etc., on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, MySpace)

Weather Warnings

UCF is in the Sunshine State, but Florida isn’t always sunny—sometimes severe weather is a cause to take action. Tune in to your local radio or TV stations for the latest news. Local media have a system in use to gauge the severity of the weather.

  • A watch is often a first alert, and it indicates that weather poses a possible threat
  • A warning is when dangerous conditions are developing. Find a safe place immediately.

When a hurricane is approaching Central Florida, go home to your permanent address if driving conditions are safe. If you are unable to leave for any reason, locate the nearest shelter as soon as possible. Some apartment communities organize shelters for their residents, so check with management.

Preparing for Severe Weather

  • Secure outdoor equipment and bring in loose items
  • Board or cover windows
  • Check your emergency supplies such as non-perishable foods, bottled water, medicines, first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, extra cash, battery-operated radio, etc.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank

For more emergency preparation tips, visit UCF Emergency Management web site at

Orange County Emergency Management

407-836-9140 |

Seminole County Emergency Management

407-665-8000 |

UCF Emergency Management

Orange County Sheriff’s Office has a brand new website and the Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) page is up and running! For safety purposes we encourage parents and student to go to this website for more information.

Important Numbers

Orange County Sheriff 407-836-4357
Seminole County Sheriff 407-665-6650
UCF Police Dept 407-823-5555
UCF Safe Escort
Patrol Services
UCF Victim Services 407-823-5555