Campus Alerts

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 — 5:00 p.m.

After Hurricane Florence reached the East Coast, it took a more southern and western route than previously anticipated. Thankfully for our community, the storm’s major effects have largely missed our region of Virginia.

We experienced intermittent rain showers during the past 24 hours and anticipate the possibility of more rain during the next day or two. We plan for classes and campus operations to continue as normal.

Since our campus is located on top of a hill, we do not expect any issues with flooding. However, as you travel in surrounding communities, we remind you to remain alert for possible flooding and to not attempt to travel through standing water, flooded roadways, swollen creeks, or streams. In the event that any students are unable to travel safely to campus, they can communicate directly with their professors.

The Office of the President


Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 — 8:00 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,

University administrators are continuing to monitor the weather forecasts ahead of Hurricane Florence. Thankfully for communities in our region, the storm has shifted and is now projected to take a more southern route after it makes landfall.

This means that the storm will primarily affect regions to the south and the east of our location, and its effects will be delayed in reaching us (likely later this weekend and early next week). We still anticipate the possibility of heavy rainfall and remain prepared to provide water and meals for all of our students in the event of severe power outages.

We plan for classes and campus operations to continue as normal. Students can communicate directly with their professors in the event they are unable to safely get to campus. The Dining Hall menu may be impacted due to preparations for the storm, but meals will continue to be served at normal hours.

We will continue to communicate closely with you during the next few days with updates via email and texts, and you can continue to check our website. As mentioned previously, if you cannot access email or texts in the event of a power outage, there will be an information center located in Main Hall’s Ballroom. Students in on-campus housing can also contact Resident Assistants for information.

The Office of the President


Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 — 12:00 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,

The National Weather Service forecasts that Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in the eastern Carolinas on Thursday, Sept. 13—although shifts in the storm’s track are still possible, and its impact will expand beyond where landfall occurs.

University administrators are actively monitoring the weather forecasts and proactively preparing for the storm, and we encourage you all to do the same. Our campus is located far enough inland that we do not expect to experience the full force of the storm, but we will likely experience heavy rainfall (up to 18 inches) and strong winds (up to 40 mph), which could result in flooding and/or power outages in our area. We are currently stocking up on enough bottled water and food supplies to sustain our campus community in the case of power outages.

Below are a few suggestions to help students prepare for the inclement weather:

  • Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable snacks (we are doing the same)
  • Charge cell phones, mobile devices, and any external batteries you may have
  • Fill vehicles with gas (vehicles can be used to charge electronic devices if needed)
  • Do not drive through standing water, flooded roadways, swollen creeks, or streams—it only takes a few inches of water to carry a vehicle away
  • In an emergency, the Knight Arena will be the designated campus gathering place

During the next few days, please pay close attention to emails and texts from the University, which will include important information and updates regarding the storm. If you cannot access email or texts due to a power outage, there will be an information center located in Main Hall’s Ballroom. Students in on-campus housing can also contact Resident Assistants for information.

Office of the President

2018 FEMA Power Outage Preparedness