To the Duke Community,
The latest forecasts indicate that Hurricane Florence will likely bring damaging winds and rain to eastern North Carolina and the Triangle as soon as Thursday evening. As we await the storm’s arrival, I want to assure you that Duke has activated our emergency management procedures to help all of us safely weather the storm.
Our emergency management team is working closely with local and state officials to monitor the path of the hurricane, and we have mobilized our resources for a quick response as soon as conditions permit. Duke Hospitals and clinics in particular are prepared to serve the health care needs of the region.
We have already announced that all classes will be cancelled from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and all athletic events scheduled on campus from Thursday through Sunday will be cancelled or postponed. In addition, the University and Health System severe weather and emergency condition policy will be activated beginning at noon on Thursday. Since conditions are likely to change, I encourage you to monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.
As always, our first priority is the safety and security of our students, staff, faculty, patients, and visitors. I am grateful to the many people across the University and Health System who are now working around-the-clock to ensure that our campus is prepared for this storm. Thank you in advance for helping to maintain the distinctly Duke spirit of community and concern as we face this challenge.
President, Duke University