Lake-Sumter Community College

 Hurricane Irma

LSSC Alert

All currently enrolled students, faculty and staff will receive emergency notifications through LSSC Alert via voicemail, email, text, social media in regards to weather alerts, College closings and incident alerts. When an emergency takes place on or near campus, LSSC Alert will notify the entire LSSC Community in minutes.

How to Enroll:
- Students and Faculty: 
      All currently enrolled students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled.
- Parents and Friends of the College:
      1. Go to  
      2. Click "Register" button in top
      3. Follow the steps to create an account

For more information about LSSC Alert, please visit

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Update 8:  Tue 9/12/2017 6:30 PM

The President’s Cabinet and the College’s Incident Response & Recovery Team met today to discuss reopening procedures for all campuses. An initial inspection of our grounds and facilities was conducted today; our campuses received mild to moderate damage.

As we begin to reopen the College, we are aware that Irma impacted different areas of our counties in varying ways. We recognize that you may also need to care for your own family and repair your own property.
Wednesday, Sept. 13:  College will reopen for essential personnel only. Your supervisor will communicate with you if you need to report to work. Non-essential personnel will not have access to their offices.
Thursday, Sept. 14:  All essential and non-essential staff will report to work at regularly scheduled time. If you are not able to report to work, please communicate with your supervisor. Faculty & staff will have access to their offices beginning on this day.
As you return to your offices, please report any facility or technology damages to Please send campus, building, room #, description of damage, and a photo if possible.
Friday, Sept. 15:  All faculty and staff return to regularly scheduled work shifts.  Classes will resume on normal schedule.
TEDxLSSC will occur as scheduled.

Educational Talent Search: The SAT/ACT Workshop scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 16 has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 30. The workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23 will continue as planned.

The recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma will continue for weeks, but we are strong – as Lakehawks and Floridians. We will get through this together. 

FAQs for Students: Returning to LSSC after Hurricane Irma


Update 7:  Tue 9/12/2017 11:35 AM

All LSSC locations continue to be closed with classes and activities cancelled. This includes the Cooper Memorial Library in South Lake.

LSSC has cancelled classes for Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Damage assessments are underway at each of our campuses in Clermont, Leesburg & Sumterville. Initial inspections show mild to moderate damage at each location. The Sumter Center currently has no power. Once a full assessment is completed and we can fully determine building safety for occupancy, we will announce further details regarding reopening of campus locations for staff and students.

You should expect another update by 6pm today.


Update 6:  Sat 9/10/2017 3:15 PM

LSSC Community:

As we brace for Hurricane Irma, our greatest concern is the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college. As the storm approaches our area, we want each of you to be able to receive the support and assistance that you may need.

If you have immediate or emergency needs, we encourage you to contact your county’s emergency operations center (numbers below) or in an emergency, dial 911. Please know that during the worst of the storm, first responders may not be able to immediately respond.

As our area begins recovery efforts next week, the College will provide additional information about available resources and support available to the Lakehawk family.

Lake County:  352-253-9999 or 352-343-9420
Sumter County:  352-569-3190

Citrus County:  352-746-5470 or 352-527-2106
Hernando County:  352-754-4083
Orange County: 407-246-4357 or 311
Pasco County:  727-847-2411
Polk County: 863-534-0321 or 1-866-661-0228
Seminole County: 407-665-0000 or 407-665-0311
Volusia County: 1-866-345-0345

Statewide:  1-800-342-3557
Text FLPREPARES to 888777 to receive updates via text


Update 5:  Sat 9/9/2017 3:30 PM

LSSC Community: 

LSSC officials continue to monitor Hurricane Irma as she approaches our area. We remain in regular communication with state and local emergency officials.

All LSSC campuses will remain closed through Tuesday, 9/12. The next update will be provided by Tuesday, 9/12 at 6pm via LSSC Alert, social media, email and

Please be aware that a Hurricane Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for our area. Stay alert for storm related information by visiting or a local media outlet. To receive updates from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, text FLPREPARES to 888777.


Update 4:  Thur 9/7/2017 5:20 PM


I hope that you're well into the process of preparing for Hurricane Irma. We continued to meet and plan for the closure and eventual reopening of our campuses. In these discussions, I have two additional updates that I would like to share with you:

• As a precautionary measure, LSSC is intentionally shutting down LOIS while we are closed. This will NOT impact your access to Lakehawk mail, Blackboard, or
• We also know that this is the time of the semester where many of you begin to expect communications about refunds from financial aid. One of our priorities when we reopen will be to begin processing these refunds.

Please stay safe this weekend.


Update 3:  Thur 9/7/2017 12:00 PM

​In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s impacts, Lake-Sumter State College will close all campus locations and cancel all classes and activities beginning at 10:00pm on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 through Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. A decision regarding reopening on Tuesday, Sept. 12 will be sent by Monday, Sept. 11 at 5:00pm. This update will be sent through the LSSC Alert system, email, and social media.
Please note that during this time there will be no access to any facilities on LSSC campuses. For your safety and others, do not attempt to visit any LSSC campus during this closure.

Additional information, as it becomes available, will be posted to social media and (click on Hurricane Irma).

LSSC encourages you to be prepared and stay informed regarding Hurricane Irma and impacts to our area by watching the local news and signing up to receive emergency alerts from county officials.

If your instructor has updates regarding coursework, they will communicate with you through your Lakehawk email or Blackboard messages.

As you begin your closing procedures tomorrow, please review these important notes:

  • Empty all fridges before you leave. Anything left in fridges may be thrown away.
  • Pick up files, boxes, etc. from the floor and place them on a shelf or table.
  • Please take any personal valuable items with you. The buildings will be unoccupied without HVAC for several days and will likely become humid. LSSC’s insurance does not cover losses of employee personal items.
  • Students have been notified that any updates from faculty regarding coursework will be sent through Lakehawk email or Blackboard.
  • All campus phone lines will have a message for all incoming calls that the College is closed.
  • Remember that there will be no access to campus until you receive an LSSC Alert that the campus has reopened. Please do not attempt to visit any location prior to this.
  • Please keep any equipment plugged in and powered on as you normally would when leaving for a weekend. There is no need to cover computers, monitors & other equipment with trash bags. IT staff will secure technology as appropriate.
  • Payroll direct deposit will occur as scheduled next week. If necessary, additional information will be provided later regarding printed checks.


Update 2: Wed 9/6/2017 4:15 PM

LSSC is continuing to monitor Hurricane Irma and coordinate with state and local governments. All LSSC campuses will be open tomorrow and classes will be in session. The College will announce a decision about any closures by noon tomorrow. This announcement will be shared by LSSC Alert, email and social media.

Please remember to sign up to receive emergency notifications from County Emergency Management officials. These notification services will provide emergency updates regarding Hurricane Irma and other significant events that may impact you. LSSC will only issue alerts relating to College operations. You can receive alerts from Lake County by signing up for AlertLake at and from Sumter County by signing up for CodeRed at

The College also urges you to begin preparing for Hurricane Irma. You can the Hurricane Preparedness Brochure from Lake County to make sure that you have your disaster kit stocked (checklist provided).


Update 1: Wed 9/6/2017 12:37 PM

Lake-Sumter State College is actively monitoring information and reports regarding Hurricane Irma. The College is coordinating with state and local emergency management officials to prepare for the possibility of impacts from Irma.

At this time, no decision has been made regarding closing Lake-Sumter State College. We will provide regular updates through email, social media and as we have additional information.

If a decision to close the College is made, an announcement will be made through the LSSC Alert system. All faculty, staff and students are automatically enrolled in this system. To update your notification preferences, please visit and click on Hurricane Irma Updates for information on accessing your profile. Community members can sign up to receive alerts at the same location.

We do encourage you to sign up for emergency notifications from County Emergency Management officials.  You can receive alerts from Lake County by signing up for AlertLake at and from Sumter County by signing up for CodeRed at We also recommend that you begin preparing and enacting your own emergency plan; important tips are available at