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Community Advisory #3: Hurricane Florence

Members of the University Community,

Throughout the past 48 hours we have been in direct contact with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Hurricane Center.  As of 11:30 a.m., the NWS confirmed that a  significant change in the track of Hurricane Florence occurred overnight, shifting the storm’s path to the west and south. As a result, the predicted impact on the central Virginia region has changed. While we can still expect rainfall and wind bands from the storm, the amount of rain expected has decreased significantly as has the anticipated level of wind in our area. We will remain in contact with the NWS and our regional and state emergency management partners throughout the storm, ready to respond and support our community in the event it is needed.

At this time, we have determined that there is not a need to alter the University’s regular operating schedule and that classes will be held this week as scheduled. Changes to the Athletics schedule that were announced yesterday will remain in place. We will continue to monitor the storm carefully and, if necessary, will communicate any changes via email to all students and employees with an @virginia.edu address, on social media channels (Twitter: @UVA and @UVASafety and Facebook), on the University’s hotlines (434-924-7669 and 434-243-7669), and on the Operations Status Board. All official communications related to this storm are posted on a dedicated web page on UVA Today.

Although Hurricane Florence may no longer pose a severe threat to the Charlottesville area, please use this as an opportunity to review your readiness plans for emergencies and as a reminder of the importance of situational awareness. If you have not already subscribed to UVA Alerts, take a moment to do so now. UVA Alerts is used to send text and email messages to notify students, faculty, staff, and Health System team members of an imminent threat from a hazard. It is an important element of our emergency communications and we strongly encourage you to sign up.

Our thoughts are with our neighbors to the south, as well as our students whose hometowns are located in those areas, as they brace for the impact of Hurricane Florence. Resources from our area may be called upon to provide support in the Carolinas in the coming days as they recover from the storm. We will do whatever we can to assist.

Sincerely,

Patrick D. Hogan
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
 
Gloria S. Graham
Associate Vice President for Safety and Security

(email distributed 9/12/18)
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018