Members of the University Community,
Hurricane Florence continues to threaten the southeastern United States and is anticipated to make landfall in the Carolinas between late Thursday evening and early Friday morning. The University continues to closely monitor the storm and is working with our federal, state and regional emergency management partners. Though Charlottesville is not in an evacuation zone, we are diligently preparing for the storm’s impact on our area.
Preliminary forecasts indicate that Central Virginia will see significant rainfall and high winds beginning Thursday. This will likely be a sustained weather event over a period of several days with the possibility of flooding and downed power lines and trees. It is important that you take steps now to make sure you have what you need in the event of significant weather disruptions. A hurricane checklist is available on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website and we encourage you to review this important information. Among the simplest ways that you can prepare is to keep your phone charged.
The University is taking steps to make sure resources are in place to help support our community and to respond to any emergency. Student Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, UVA Dining, and the Provost’s Office are developing contingency plans for students if we lose power on Grounds. In the event of power disruptions, students are advised to return to their residences and shelter in place. Students in residence halls will be kept informed by their resident advisors.
The track and intensity of the hurricane are subject to change over the next 24 hours. We will continue to carefully monitor the forecast and will make a decision regarding any changes to the University’s academic and events schedule by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. Decisions about some events will be announced earlier. As a reminder, changes in the operating schedule will be communicated to the University community via email to students and employees with an @virginia.edu address, shared on social media channels (Twitter: @UVA and @UVASafety and Facebook), and recorded on the University hotlines (434-924-7669 and 434-243-7669). Please also check the Operations Status Board for the latest information regarding any event delays or cancellations. A dedicated web page with official communications related to this storm is available on UVA Today.
Your personal safety and well-being remain our top priority. We will provide additional information and updates about preparedness efforts over the next several days so that you can take steps necessary to prepare and protect yourself. Safety is a shared responsibility, and we are counting on your partnership.
Patrick D. Hogan
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Gloria S. Graham
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security