September 11, 2018

Preparations for Hurricane Florence


UPDATED SUNDAY, 9.16.18, AT 10:30 A.M.

Due to heavy rains that are expected to persist across and surrounding our region today that could make for adverse and even, dangerous, travel conditions, Guilford College is cancelling classes for Monday, Sept. 17.  Even though classes are cancelled, the College will be open for all other business and services on Monday under normal operating schedules.
 
Once again, I want to stress that safety remains our top priority for all. We have more than 400 students who will be traveling back to campus at some point. Students, you should do so only when you know with absolute certainty that conditions are safe. Before making any travel plans, be sure to check weather forecasts and travel information along your route. You can continue to check the latest forecast here: national weather reports.
 
College services will remain open today (Sunday) with these operating hours:
·      Dining halls: Brunch 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
·      PE building hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
·      Library hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
·      Computer lab hours, Baumann: 24/7
 
Our next update will be on Monday, Sept. 17. As always, if and as events warrant, any other official Guilford College information will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.
 

UPDATED SATURDAY, 9.15.18, AT 1:45 P.M.

Today’s briefing from Guilford County Emergency Management officials included little change in the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Florence on our area.
 
We could see wind gusts as high as 36 mph this evening (Saturday) with winds expected to diminish late tonight. Pockets of heavy rain are expected to become more prevalent tonight and into tomorrow; we could see anywhere from 5 to 8 inches of rain in our area.
 
The possibility remains for flash flooding, tornadoes, downed trees and power outages throughout this event, especially this weekend.
 
Classes are still scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 17. The Guilford College campus remains open through the weekend under normal operating schedules.
 
Here is important information regarding weekend services and events:

  • Dining halls: Brunch 10 a.m. to  2:30 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • PE building hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Library hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Computer lab hours: Bauman, 24/7

Weekend programming highlights include:

  • Today: 3-on-3 basketball/dodgeball, noon to 3 p.m., Alumni Gym

Our next update will be on Sunday, Sept. 16, at noon (EDT). As always, if and as events warrant, any other official Guilford College information will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.


 

UPDATED FRIDAY, 9.14.18, AT 1:30 P.M.

Hurricane Florence made landfall early this morning at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Guilford County Emergency Management officials reinforced today that this will be a slow-moving storm that will linger in the Southeast for several days.
 
Our area may see wind gusts as high as 45 mph this evening (Friday), and strong winds are likely to persist through Saturday before diminishing late Saturday evening. Rainfall predictions for our region remain widely variable — anywhere from two to 10 inches throughout the weekend and into Monday.
 
It is essential to remain vigilant in preparing for potential impacts of Hurricane Florence. There remains danger for flash flooding, tornadoes, downed trees and power outages throughout this event.
 
Classes are still scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 17. Should conditions warrant a further delay, we will promptly alert you to that information. The Guilford College campus remains open today (Friday) and all services will continue under normal operating schedules.
 
Here is other important information regarding weekend services and events:

  • Dining halls: Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • PE building hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Library hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekend programming highlights include:

  • Friday: Disney Movie Marathon, Noon to 7 p.m., Founder's East Gallery
  • Saturday: 3-on-3 basketball/dodgeball, Noon to 3 p.m., Alumni Gym

Our next update will be on Saturday, Sept. 15, at noon (EDT). As always, if and as events warrant, any other official Guilford College information will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.


 

UPDATED THURSDAY, 9.13.18, AT 11:50 A.M.

Today’s briefing from Guilford County Emergency Management officials reinforced the need for all of us at Guilford College to remain vigilant in preparing for potential impacts of Hurricane Florence. The latest forecast indicates that our area could experience tropical winds as early as tonight — lasting through Saturday. Friday is expected to perhaps bring the strongest winds, with gusts up to 40 mph.

Rainfall forecasts are widely variable — we could see anywhere from two to 10 inches total through the weekend. There remains danger for flash flooding, tornadoes, downed trees and power outages throughout this event. Based on the most current forecast, peak periods for potential power outages will be from 2 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday. You can continue to check the latest national forecast.

In order to protect our campus residences and offices as much as possible from water damage, mold, etc., please be sure to close all windows whenever you leave your residence or office.

Classes are still scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 17. Should conditions warrant a further delay, we will promptly alert you to that information. Remember that even though all classes are canceled for today and Friday (Sept. 13 and 14), the Guilford College campus remains open and all services will continue under normal operating schedules.

Our next update will be on Friday, Sept. 14, at noon (EDT). That update will include important information regarding weekend operational hours for campus services, as well as details about a number of new student events that have been created for this weekend.

As always, if and as events warrant, any other official Guilford College information will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.


 

UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 9.12.18, AT 4:30 P.M.

Guilford College students: 

In anticipation of weather related to Hurricane Florence affecting campus Thursday and beyond, we want to provide some suggestions and tips to prepare as the storm draws closer.

  • Each day, there will be an email sent out and material posted on guilford.edu at noon with vital information. Please read this information to its fullest so you remain up to date. Additionally, there will be a staff member at the Founders Hall Information Desk between 4 and 5 p.m. each day (starting today, Wednesday) to answer any questions.

  • In the event of an emergency, text alerts will be sent. For your safety, please heed the instructions of the text alerts in a timely fashion.

  • If you have not already, check out detailed information on how to prepare yourself at readync.org.

  • Have a flashlight and first aid kit readily available in case of an emergency. For on-campus students, each RA will be given access to a flashlight and first aid kit.

  • You should have snack-type food items (crackers, cookies, peanuts, etc.) on hand. On-campus food service will be available as long as possible, but students should plan for an emergency by having nonperishable items available. Do not plan to travel during or after a storm since transportation may not be possible.

  • The City of Greensboro has assured us that access to water will not be affected by the storm. However, as a precaution, you can fill reusable water bottles and other containers prior to the storm's arrival.

  • In case of a power outage, make sure to charge your phone and any other rechargeable device (portable charger, laptops, tablets) ahead of time. Bauman Hall has a generator and will be available 24-7 if you need to charge an item.

  • Please remember: Do not use any open flame (such as candles) in the event of a power outage.

  • If you have a car on campus, use your best judgment on where to park.

  • If you are planning to leave campus — or have left already — please complete this online form
  • Do not cross or drive through rushing water; even a few inches of water can sweep you off your feet or lift your car. 

  • If you do not already have Public Safety's phone number, please take a moment to enter it into your phone: 336.316.2909. 

  • Tomorrow (Thursday), another email will provide a list of open services/offices and activities. 

  • Please be vigilant and informed as the storm trajectory can and may change. It is our hope that the impact on Guilford and our region is less than anticipated. We will continue to provide updates throughout this event. 

Take care,

Steve Mencarini
Associate Dean of Students
Guilford College

 

UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 9.12.18, AT 12 P.M.

Guilford College continues its preparations for any potential impact from Hurricane Florence. Public Safety participated in a 9:30 a.m. briefing today (Sept. 12) with Guilford County Emergency Management team members regarding the latest developments.

The projected track has shifted slightly more south for an anticipated early Friday morning landfall. Our area remains at risk for tropical storm winds, the possibility of tornadoes, and rainfall amounts that could produce flooding, as well as other storm-related impacts. Keep in mind that the track of the hurricane could change. For more information, check out the latest national weather report.

As we shared yesterday, students, your safety is our top priority. Be wise in making and communicating travel plans. If you are planning to leave campus — or have left already — please complete this online form.

RESUMING CLASSES

Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept. 17. If conditions warrant a further delay, we will promptly alert you to that information. Remember that even though all classes are canceled for this Thursday and Friday (Sept. 13 and 14), the campus will remain open and all services will continue under normal operating schedules. Students, please look for further communication from Student Affairs regarding information, events, services and support that will be available throughout this event.

We will continue to provide daily updates concerning news related to hurricane developments. Our next update will be on Thursday, Sept. 12, at noon (EDT). In the interim, if and as events warrant, any other official Guilford College information will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.


 

UPDATED TUESDAY, 9.11.18, AT 3:55 P.M.

Due to concerns about the potential impact of Hurricane Florence, Guilford College is canceling classes on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept 14. However, the College will remain open and all services will continue under normal operating schedules.

Concerns about Hurricane Florence have also resulted in changes to Guilford's upcoming athletics schedules. For all details, visit GuilfordQuakers.com.

Students, your safety is our top priority. Before making any travel plans, be sure to check national weather reports and travel advisories for current and anticipated conditions along your route. For your safety, please make sure to communicate your travel plans with loved ones. Additionally, if you are planning to leave campus (or have already left), please complete this online form.

Since the College remains open, all Guilford College staff are expected to report as scheduled. Exceptions can only be approved by supervisors. Please refer to our official College Weather Emergency Policy for more information.

Also, the Bryan Series event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 1. More details to come.

We will continue to provide daily updates concerning news related to hurricane developments. Our next update will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at noon (EDT). In the interim, if and as events warrant, any other official Guilford College information will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.


Should an emergency arise, text alerts related to potential safety actions and/or College services will be issued to every phone number listed in the College’s Emergency Alert Notification System.

Steve Mencarini
Associate Dean of Students
Guilford College

 

UPDATED TUESDAY, 9.11.18, AT 10:30 A.M.

To the College Community:

The Guilford College Office of Public Safety is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact on our area. Public Safety will be in communication and consultation with the National Weather Service and Guilford County Emergency Management regarding any forecasts and/or storm-related developments that could affect the Guilford College campus and the Greensboro community.
 
Official Guilford College information related to hurricane developments will be posted on the College’s Website; the College’s primary Facebook account; and the Office of Public Safety’s Twitter account.
 
Text alerts containing any emergency information related to potential safety actions, College classes and/or College services will be issued to every phone number listed in the College’s Emergency Alert Notification System.
 
All students, faculty and staff should already be subscribers to this service. Parents are welcome to sign up for emergency text alerts by submitting this online form. If you are already a subscriber, you received a test text alert message at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from the Office of Public Safety.
 
Roger Degerman
Vice President, Marketing and Enrollment
Guilford College