September 2018 Appalachian Connections message

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Appalachian Connections
September 2018

Message from Chancellor Sheri Everts

Like most of the Eastern seaboard, we are watching the progress of Hurricane Florence and putting into place safety protocols we have developed and practiced. Be assured, the safety of our all members of community is paramount.

Although it is not yet clear we will experience severe weather in the Boone area, we are preparing for the potential impacts of the storm, which could include heavy rainfall, flooding and damaging winds. We are monitoring the storm closely. Student safety is our primary concern.

We recognize many of our students are from areas that are likely to experience significant impact from the storm. To support these students and their families, we are canceling classes and academic obligations from 5 p.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Sunday. Read more details here.

We are communicating some key information to your student, which includes:

  • Residence halls and dining facilities will remain open.

  • Faculty and the Dean of Students Office will work with students who face significant challenges as a result of Hurricane Florence.

  • Stay alert for messages that will be sent via appstate email.

  • Register for text alerts at

  • Stay calm, and prepare a readiness kit.

  • Unless absolutely necessary, do not drive in severe weather. Wading, driving through or entering the water during times of heavy rain can be extremely dangerous. Curb the impulse to drive or pursue outdoor activities during extreme weather.

  • Monitor or download the NextBus App for AppalCART schedules, delays or cancellations.

In accordance with established emergency readiness plans, the university has been taking preparedness steps since last week, and continues to prepare as the storm develops. Some actions will be visible on campus, and include:

  • Clearing drainage areas to encourage drainage.

  • Performing pre-storm checks on residence halls and other campus buildings.

  • Placing sandbags in areas known to accumulate water.

  • Stocking up on food and water supplies.

  • Coordinating with local and state partners should emergency response plans need to be implemented.

Additionally, as with any severe weather event, a number of university employees responsible for critical services including food services, building safety and maintenance and emergency response teams will be on campus and responding in the event of any critical or crisis situation.

Please be assured we will stay in close touch with students in the coming days.