Preparing for Hurricane Florence

The safety of the Appalachian Community is paramount
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Like most of the Eastern seaboard, we are closely monitoring the development of Hurricane Florence and putting into place safety protocols we have developed and practiced.

While it is not yet clear we will experience severe weather in our area, across our university, Emergency Management, Physical Plant, Food Services, Housing, Parking & Traffic and many other areas are preparing for the potential impacts of very severe winds and rain.

We recognize many of our students are from areas that are likely to experience more significant impact from the storm than we are likely to feel in Boone. This was the impetus for this week's class cancellation. We are working with numerous agencies, including the National Weather Service, as well as response agencies across the region, to determine the best course of action for our university community, and to provide shelter for those in need.

Yesterday, you received a message from Emergency Management detailing many of the preparations our campus has underway, providing extensive information about how to prepare for possible severe weather, and sharing important information about how to stay informed about schedule changes for classes and university events this week.

The safety of our campus community is our highest priority. Please monitor and check your email for updates from our Emergency Management team.

We will be sure to keep you informed as the situation develops.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor