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Hurricane Michael Update

October 9, 2018

UPDATE -- 10.10.18  9:22 pm

As you may know, Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm is projected to start impacting Newberry County in the early hours of Thursday morning with tropical winds of 25-40 mph expected through the early afternoon and gusts up to 50 mph. The storm is projected to move out of the area Thursday afternoon. Newberry County Public Schools and Newberry County government offices will be closed on Thursday.  

 

 

Based on the latest projections from the National Weather Service, non-essential administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

 

Residence Halls and Food Services will be open and continue to operate as scheduled on Thursday and throughout the remainder of Fall Break.  

 

 The College will resume its planned operating schedule on Friday; however, many administrative offices will be closed for Fall Break. Other campus events will continue as scheduled.  

 

Questions about athletic-related activities have been addressed with coaches in a separate email from Athletic Director Ralph Patterson; staff questions should be address to AD Patterson. Student-athletes should contact their coaches with any questions. 

 

 

Our thoughts and prayers remain with our students and families, as well as all of those in the area of landfall and in the path of this storm.   

 

Stay Informed

We continue to urge students, faculty and staff to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. It is safest to stay inside while tropical winds impact your area.  If you DO choose to travel, 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.

 

We will continue to work closely with our local emergency response center, State Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.  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.

 

 

 

UPDATE 10.10.18 11:33 am

We continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Michael, a fast moving category 4 Hurricane currently impacting the panhandle of Florida.  The storm is projected to make landfall later today and weaken relatively quickly, but it will impact our area.  Newberry county will start feeling the effects of the storm early Thursday morning.  Tropical winds of 25-40 mph are expected around noon.  Higher gusts are expected.  The storm is projected to move out of the area Thursday evening. We continue to work closely with our local emergency response center, State Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.  At this time no announcement has been made about school closures; County and City offices are expected to remain open.      

 

Based on these latest projections from the National Weather Service, there are CLASSES WILL END AT 3:00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10.  EVENING CLASSES ARE CANCELLED. If you are planning to travel for Fall Break you are encouraged to plan your travel to arrive at your destination before the storm starts impacting your destination.  All other services will operate as scheduled during Fall Break.  (Administrative Offices are closed Friday).  Classes will resume as scheduled on Monday.

 

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 this area, weather will continue to deteriorate and many people are still evacuating. Southbound travel is strongly discouraged.  If you are remaining on campus please be vigilant if you go outside.  Limbs and trees can fall without warning.  Your safety is important!  

 

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:  

  • 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
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  • Campus Website
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Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the path of this storm.   

 

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. 

 

 

 

The following message was distrubted to the Newberry community on Oct. 9, 2018, at 1:06 pm. Check this page for any additional weather updates related to Hurricane Michael. 

 

Dear Newberry Family,

 

As you may know, Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle on Wednesday. The hurricane is fast moving and expected to weaken quickly.  The current forecast projects the storm to start impacting this area on Wednesday night with moderate thunderstorms and winds 20-30 miles an hour. Higher wind gusts and heavy rainfall are expected. The storm should move out of this area Thursday. The College will continue to monitor conditions in partnership with local emergency management officials. 

 

Based on current National Weather Service projections, we do not anticipate a change in our schedule for this week. We plan to hold classes as normal, release for fall break on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 11-12) with administrative offices closed on Friday. The dining hall and residence halls will remain open throughout the fall break.

 

As always, you must make your own judgement about classes or work if you feel weather conditions could make travel unsafe in your individual situation. If needed, please make alternate arrangements with your professors or work supervisor.

 

If you plan to leave campus for the long weekend, be sure to check travel conditions for your destination, particularly if your plans take you to coastal areas along the Gulf.

 

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



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