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Hurricane Florence Updates

September 10, 2018

Updated 9.16.18


College Offices Will Operate Under a Delayed Opening

Administrative offices will open Monday, September 17th at 10:00 a.m. We encourage employees to continue to use discretion in their decision to travel, always keeping you and your families personal safety as top priority.  If either family obligations or your concern about travel keep you from returning to campus, please advise your supervisor.


Classes Resume on  Tuesday
Classes will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. 
Students traveling from areas heavily impacted by Florence may encounter travel difficulties.  In these special circumstances students should contact their faculty as soon as they can.  Faculty are encouraged to be flexible with students in the make-up of any missed work as they return to campus.  


Housing and Student Services Available
The Dining Hall will continue regular service and student services usually offered on Mondays will be available starting at 10:00 a.m. Please monitor your email for any weather-related updates.


Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family and all those impacted by this storm.
 

Updated 9.14.18 -- 10:23 pm

 

Due to continued uncertainty about potential flooding or wind damage resulting from Hurricane Florence, Newberry College will implement early dismissal of classes beginning at noon today, Friday, Sept. 14, and has canceled classes for Monday, Sept. 17.

 

All weather forecasts continue to indicate that our region could experience heavy rain and moderate wind gusts. The College is prepared to provide essential services to students throughout the weekend to ensure their safety.

 

We continue to urge students to avoid unnecessary travel this weekend. If you do choose to leave campus, please use extreme caution and put your personal safety first. Be sure to check the SC Emergency Management Division and SC Department of Transportation websites for the latest on road conditions and related safety matters. Please also notify an RA in your building if you leave campus.

 

Housing and Student Services Available

The Dining Hall will continue regular service throughout the weekend and Monday, and student services usually offered on the weekends will be available according to their regular schedules. Please monitor your email for any weather-related updates.

 

College Offices Will Be Open

Administrative offices will close at 3 pm today.  A decision to open or close administrative offices on Monday will be made this weekend.  We encourage employees to use discretion in their decision to travel, always keeping you and your families personal safety as top priority.  If either family obligations or your concern about travel keep you from returning to campus, please advise your supervisor.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

 

 

Updated 9.13.18 -- 2:05 pm

 

Dear Newberry College Family,

 

Based on the latest projections from the National Weather Service and in consultation with our emergency response partners, NEWBERRY COLLEGE WILL REMAIN OPEN ON FRIDAY and operating under its normal schedule.

 

Although the potential impact to this area appears to be diminishing, there is still uncertainty about the path of the storm. Rest assured we will continue to closely monitor conditions with our emergency response partners and keep you apprised of any change in our current expectations.

 

Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center show that the Midlands region could experience heavy rain, possible flooding and moderate wind gusts beginning Friday evening and through the weekend. The College is prepared to provide essential services to students throughout the weekend to ensure their safety.

 

Because we may experience some hazardous conditions, please remember the following:

 

  • Your Safety Comes First. If you are coming from an area experiencing flooding or poor road conditions, you must ultimately decide whether it is safe for you to travel. Check the SC Emergency Management Division or SC Department of Transportation websites for weather and road conditions to inform your decision to travel. Students should coordinate with their professors if they must miss class any day when school is in session.

 

  • Be Prepared. Residential students should review campus safety procedures with their RAs and hall managers and be sure to attend floor meetings tonight or this weekend. If possible, stock up on batteries, portable phone charger, flashlight, snacks and other essentials. Additionally, if you have not already done so, customize your RAVE Alert account to include cell numbers or emails of parents/guardians.

 

  • Follow the Weather. As projections change and this storm unfolds, we could continue to see shifts in the anticipated weather pattern. Check your campus email periodically for campus messages and look for updates on the College website and social media:  Facebook and Twitter, RAVE Emergency Alert system (when emergency response plan is in effect), and monitor the following area radio and TV stations for updates:

WKDK 1240 AM Radio, Newberry; WIS-TV, Columbia; WSPA TV, Spartanburg

 

Once again, we will continue to carefully monitor conditions and provide updates as needed through our regular communication channels.

 

Updated 9.13.18 -- 7:50 am

MESSAGE TO PARENTS & FAMILIES

 

Dear Newberry College Parents and Families,

 

We understand that news coverage of the approach of Hurricane Florence may be causing you some anxious moments while your student is away from home. We wanted to give you an update on our current situation here in Newberry. Likewise, with many of our students hailing from South Carolina, we know that some families are bracing for the storm now. For families in the path of Hurricane Florence, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Based on current projections from the National Weather Service, we believe the campus can safely continue normal operations. CAMPUS WILL REMAIN OPEN ON THURSDAY. Classes will meet as scheduled; residence halls will remain open and regular food service will be available. For families who were planning to attend this Saturday’s home football game against Virginia University of Lynchburg, please note that the game has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. Lutheran Day, which was to be part of Saturday’s festivities, has been postponed.

 

We will continue to monitor weather projections and provide an update by approximately noon on Thursday. Please be assured that if classes are cancelled, housing and food service will continue without interruption under our emergency response procedures.

 

Based on current conditions, we believe that our campus is still the safest place for Newberry students right now. Because Governor McMaster has ordered lane reversals for I-26 and other major roadways serving the Low Country, we strongly urge students to remain on campus and stay off the roads while evacuation from our coastal regions continues. If families find it necessary to call their student home, students should make alternate arrangements with their professors regarding any assignments miss when class is in session. Faculty will be as flexible as possible in accommodating student needs.

 

Newberry College continues to work closely with our local emergency response center, State Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service to monitor the progress of the hurricane. If there are any changes in our current plans, we will notify the campus community through normal communication channels: 

  • Campus Email
  • Social Media:  Facebook and Twitter
  • Campus Website
  • RAVE Emergency Alert system (Our emergency response plan is currently not in effect; should conditions change, RAVE notifications will be sent.)
    Emergency notifications related to weather or campus emergencies, are distributed with the RAVE Mobile Safety system. The RAVE notifications are distributed to all newberry.edu addresses, can be customized to include additional email addresses and mobile numbers. If you wish to receive RAVE Alerts, your student can add your contact information to their account. Your student received a welcome email to the RAVE Mobile Safety system on Aug. 24, 2018, with their login and password and can access their account through the link provided.

 

Updated 9.12.18 -- 5:45 pm

Dear Newberry College Family,

 

As we continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence, we are working closely with our local emergency response center, State Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.  The current projection keeps the storm slowly approaching the coast early Friday before turning inland. 

 

Based on these latest projections from the National Weather Service, there are NO PLANS TO CLOSE CAMPUS ON THURSDAY. Classes will continue as scheduled; residence halls will remain open and regular food service will be available.

 

Nothing is more important to us than your safety, and we believe the campus is the safest place for you to be right now; however, if you feel conditions make it unsafe for you to travel to campus, please make alternate arrangements with your professors or work supervisor. We urge professors and supervisors to be understanding of the unique individual circumstances that may require a student or employee to seek alternate arrangements.

 

Please remember: as the storm approaches the coast, weather will continue to deteriorate and many people are still evacuating. Travel toward coastal areas of South Carolina and North Carolina is strongly discouraged.

 

Updated 9.11.18 -- 6:47 pm

The Department of Music Faculty Showcase scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, has been postponed.

The Women's Field Hockey game scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, has been postponed due concerns by the visiting team about travel conditions.  Check www.newberrywolves.com for schedules updates. 

Lutheran Day, which was part of Saturday's football festivities, has been cancelled. 

 

 

Updated 9.11.18 -- 5:34 pm

Newberry College is continuing to monitor the progress of the Hurricane Florence, working closely with our local emergency response center, State Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.

 

Based on the latest projections from the National Weather Service, there are NO PLANS TO CLOSE CAMPUS ON WEDNESDAY. Classes will continue as scheduled; residence halls will remain open and regular food service will be available.

 

Because of regional weather conditions this weekend, this Saturday’s Wolves vs. Virginia University of Lynchburg football game rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

 

With the lane reversals on I-26 for evacuation, travel toward the Low Country is strongly discouraged. Nothing is more important to us than your safety, and we believe the campus is the safest place for you to be right now; however, if you feel conditions make it unsafe for you to travel to campus, please make alternate arrangements with your professors or work supervisor. We urge professors and supervisors to be understanding of the unique individual circumstances that may require a student or employee to seek alternate arrangements.

 

We will continue to carefully monitor conditions and provide daily updates. If there are any changes in our current plans, we will notify the campus community through normal communication channels: 

  • Campus Email
  • Social Media:  Facebook and Twitter
  • Campus Website
  • RACE Emergency Alerts:  Emergency notifications related to weather or other campus emergencies, are distributed with the RAVE Mobile Safety system. The RAVE notifications are distributed to all newberry.edu addresses, but you can customize the RAVE alert system to include up to three email addresses and three mobile numbers total. All students, faculty and staff received a welcome email to the RAVE Mobile Safety system on August 24, 2018; if you have not already customized your preferences, please refer to that email for login information.

 

 

Original Message Posted 9.10.18 -- 5:09 pm


The safety of students and employees is always our top priority at Newberry College. As such, College officials are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Florence. Current forecasts project landfall far north of this area and it appears we will be minimally affected by this storm.

 

Based on current projections, we do not plan to close campus. Classes will continue as scheduled; residence halls will remain open and regular food service will be offered. The most significant impact to this area currently is the influx of traffic due to evacuations from the south. For example, schools in nearby districts, such as Lexington and Richland, will be used to shelter evacuees coming from storm-affected areas and will be closed beginning tomorrow morning.

 

We will continue to carefully monitor weather conditions, meeting daily with local officials to review the path of the storm and plan for any necessary changes.

 

If there are any changes in our current plans, we will notify the campus community through normal communication channels: 

  • RAVE Emergency Alert system (Our emergency response plan is currently not in effect; should conditions change, RAVE notifications will be sent – see below)
  • Campus Email
  • Social Media:  Facebook and Twitter
  • Campus Website

 

RAVE Emergency Alerts: 

Emergency notifications related to weather or campus emergencies, are distributed with the RAVE Mobile Safety system. The RAVE notifications are distributed to all newberry.edu addresses, but you can customize the RAVE alert system to include up to three email addresses and three mobile numbers total. All students, faculty and staff received a welcome email to the RAVE Mobile Safety system on August 24, 2018; if you have not already customized your preferences, please refer to that email for login information.



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