Preparing for major snow event

The safety of the Appalachian Community is our first concern
Friday, December 7, 2018

With the possibility of a significant winter weather event on the horizon, preparations are underway on campus. We are accustomed to winter weather, and while it presents challenges, we prepare so we can manage safely, expertly and efficiently.

The safety of our faculty, staff and students is our top priority. We have been preparing since last week for this event and putting into place safety protocols we have developed and practiced. As standard practice, we work with numerous agencies, including the National Weather Service and response agencies across the region, to determine the best course of action for our university community.

Across our university, staff from Emergency Management, Physical Plant, Food Services, Housing, Parking & Traffic and many other areas are preparing for the potential impacts of this storm.

Earlier today, you received a message from Emergency Management Director Jason Marshburn detailing many of the preparations our campus has underway, sharing important information about how to prepare for possible severe weather and about how to stay informed regarding schedule changes for exams and upcoming university events.

Exams originally scheduled for next Monday were moved up or are being offered online. I recognize the challenges this has caused, particularly for students and faculty, and appreciate the “can-do” spirit of the Appalachian Community.

As we watch the weather forecast closely, please monitor and check your email for updates from our Emergency Management team. If you are traveling, please check forecasts and travel conditions along your route.

We will keep you informed as the situation develops.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor