Ferrum College prepares for Hurricane Florence

//Ferrum College prepares for Hurricane Florence

Ferrum College prepares for Hurricane Florence

Rainy Day at Ferrum College

Tuesday, September 11, 5:00 PM

Hurricane Florence – Statement from President Johns

The College will dismiss early tomorrow with all classes ending at 1:55 pm. Classes will not meet on campus Thursday or Friday. Likewise, all athletic practices and games will be canceled from tomorrow through the end of the weekend. The Provost will communicate with students and faculty concerning a distance learning technology plan.

If there are students who choose to leave campus and believe they can do so safely, we ask that they notify an RA or RHE of their plans and intended destination.

It is early and weather conditions are still changing; however, College officials are monitoring this situation closely and we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to monitor news and weather sources as well.

With hurricane Florence approaching we are expecting a large amount of rain and winds. This can easily block roads with trees down and high water. This could also cause power outage for undetermined amount of time given the large area that will likely be affected.
The following actions are recommended;
  1. Stay inside during the weather event if at all possible.
  2. If you must go out do not walk or drive through flooded roads. You don’t know if the road has been washed away. Many tragedies occur due to swift moving water.
  3. Have a fully charged phone and car charger in case power goes out.
  4. If living on campus, look for updates and recommendations from Office of Student Life staff.
  5. Water and food will be available for on-campus residents and support staff.
Please make sure to check in with your RA tonight or tomorrow before 2:00 PM to fill out a form to let us know if you are staying on campus, or if you are opting to leave/where you are going. We do not recommend any travel to the coastline.
We are concerned about the potential of flooding, loss of power, and high winds but are prepared to keep you safe on campus. In the event of a power outage, we will not lose water but will lose hot water.
If you are planning to leave campus:
  • Sign out with an RA and let us know where you are going, and a good contact number for you
  • Make sure to shut and lock all windows and lower blinds – Report any issues with windows to RA staff immediately
  • Unplug any electronics except for fridges and fish tanks
  • Take any valuables and medications
  • Turn off all lights
  • Lock your door
If you are staying on campus:
  • Sign in with your RA so we know you will be staying on campus and can appropriately plan for food and any emergency communications
  • All Residence Hall Educators (RHEs), Head Residents (HRs), and the Dean of Students will be on campus through the weekend, in addition to some Resident Advisers (RAs)
  • We have flashlights and bottled water that can be checked out from Bassett Hall beginning tomorrow if you are staying on campus
  • No candles are permitted in the residence halls – even if the power goes out
  • If you are in an area of campus that may flood and limit access to main campus (i.e. Village Apartments) and would like a temporary spot on main campus, please contact your Residence Hall Educator
  • If the power goes out, phone lines to our office will also go – if there are emergencies or maintenance issues causing you to relocate – please go to Bassett hall or call Campus Police at 540-365-4444 and they will connect you with your RHE
  • Please do not consume any substances that may impair your judgment in the event of an emergency or evacuation, we cannot predict what mother nature will do and should be prepared for anything at all times
If you have questions or concerns please contact your RHE or the OSL staff at 540-365-4461 or refer to the website at http://www.ferrum.edu/blog/ferrum-college-prepares-for-hurricane-florence/. Please make sure you are enrolled to receive RAVE alerts in your panther portal.

Ferrum College is monitoring the developing weather situation related to Hurricane Florence, which may impact our area later this week.  Please refer to the following academic plan:

Wednesday, September 12th

Please follow the Early Dismissal Schedule

(For classes that meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
Regular Class Time   Early Dismissal Time
8:00 – 8:55   8:00 – 8:35
9:05 – 10:00   8:40 – 9:15
10:10 – 11:05   9:20 – 9:55
11:15 – 12:10   10:00 – 10:35
12:20 – 1:15   10:40 – 11:15
1:25 – 2:20   11:20 – 11:55
2:30 – 3:50   12:00 – 12:55
4:00 – 5:20   1:00 – 1:55

 

Thursday, September 13th

Distance Learning – Technology Plan

Class lectures and assignments will be posted on BrightSpace.  The computer labs, the Stanley Library, the Help Desk, and the Academic Resources Center (540-365-4529) will be open and staff will be available to assist and support students’ needs.

Friday, September 14th

Distance Learning – Technology Plan

Class lectures and assignments will be posted on BrightSpace.  The computer labs, the Stanley Library, the Help Desk, and the Academic Resources Center (540-365-4529) will be open and staff will be available to assist and support students’ needs.

Tuesday, September 11, 1:00 PM

The Ferrum College emergency response team is monitoring developing weather conditions related to Hurricane Florence, which may impact our area later this week. More information will be posted as soon as possible. Emergency alerts will be sent utilizing the RAVE alert system, as well as communicated through the College website (www.ferrum.edu), campus email, and the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please keep watch for additional updates.  Learn more about the RAVE alert system, here.

Emergency Action Plan

As part of preparation for the storm, we encourage everyone to review the Emergency Action Plan. This has helpful information for personal response to several emergency situations.
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