Support After Hurricane Fiona

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

 A Special Message from Kathleen Plinske, College President  

As we hear about the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona in the Caribbean, I know that many of you are from or have family in the region and may be worrying about loved ones affected by this disaster. My heart goes out to those who are suffering from the impact of the storm.

Please remember that our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for counseling and support surrounding the impact of the storm. You can access EAP for counseling by visiting (access code: Valencia) or calling 866-248-4094.

We have sent a similar message to students who are enrolled with us this fall. If you know of students who are affected, please encourage them to make an appointment with a Valencia College counselor or to contact BayCare Student Assistance Services for free, confidential, 24-hour phone counseling at 1-800-878-5470 or Further, I encourage you to work with our students on an individual basis regarding assignments and deadlines, extending flexibility to those who may need additional time as they support family and friends who have been impacted by this storm.

Finally, as hurricane season continues, please make sure you and your family are ready in the event of a storm hitting closer to home. In an emergency, employees will be notified via Valencia Alerts to their cell phone, home phone, email or via the Valencia Safety App with important emergency notifications and updates. Follow these steps to confirm your contact information and preferences:

  • Log into your Atlas account
  • Click on the red ‘Sign Up for Valencia Alerts’ box on the lower right side of the main screen. If you experience any issues updating your Valencia alerts, contact OIT.

To download the Valencia College Safety App, which features emergency contacts, crisis alerts, emergency procedures and more, please click here.

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