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Hurricane Florence: Information for Queens Residential Students

Posted Friday, Sept. 14, 9:45 a.m.

Good morning Residents,

As Hurricane Florence moved ashore this morning, I wanted to send a brief update on our preparations for the storm.  The likelihood of flood waters and power outages is still our biggest concern on campus, so please be sure to review the Residential Evacuation Plan. You should be planning now for the possibility of a power outage and preparing a bag with the supplies you may need.

In the case of a power outage, all students are required to evacuate. We do plan to evacuate the residence halls within one hour of the power outage. Please wait to leave your current building until you receive confirmation from your RAs that the evacuation has begun.

Updates will be sent via QAlert and you can check the website for additional details - www.queens.edu/hurricane-florence.

We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation as we go into the weekend.

Amber Perrell, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Students


 

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

As you have seen in the previous communication, classes are canceled Thursday-Friday, Sept. 13-14 and Queens University is closed for business Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16. Classes are canceled to provide students time to leave campus before the storm arrives. Residential students may remain in their residence hall rooms to ride out the storm, unless there is a power outage.

In anticipation of possible power outages on campus, students who can safely evacuate campus are encouraged to do so before Thursday, Sept., 13 at 5 p.m. We encourage residents to communicate with your parents/guardians regarding your plans during the optional evacuation. All residential students must complete the Hurricane Evacuation Survey to indicate your evacuation status by Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m.

Planned Evacuation Locations in the Event of Power Outages

In the case of power outages during the storm, residential students are required to relocate to their designated evacuation area for the duration of the power outage. Evacuation locations are listed below.

  • Wireman Residents - Stay in Wireman. Prepare to open your room to other residents in case of power outage. Each room will be asked to accommodate one additional student. Students staying in Wireman will be asked to complete an occupancy sheet and attach it to your door to identify the students in that space (including the residents).
  • Belk 1st Floor - Wireman 1st Floor Lobby
  • Belk 2nd Floor - Wireman 2nd Floor Lobby and Study Room
  • HBO Residents - Wireman Individual Rooms, Wireman 3rd Floor Lobby and Study Room, and Greek Village Hallway
  • Hayes Residents - Wireman 4th Floor Lobby and Study Room
  • Albright Men - Levine Center 2nd Floor Hallway by Fitness Center
  • Albright Women - Levine Center Athletics Lounge and 2nd Floor Hallway
  • Byrum 6th Floor Residents - Levine Center Crown Room and Wireman Individual Rooms
  • Byrum 7th Floor Residents - Levine Center Rogers Commons (Einstein's) and Wireman Individual Rooms
  • Barnhardt Men - Levine Center Aerobics Room & Wrestling Room
  • Barnhardt Women - Levine Center 1st Floor Back Hallway (120A/B & Kinesiology Department Lounge) 

Evacuation areas in Wireman and the Levine Center will have minimal power with emergency lighting only. Outlets and HVAC systems will not be operating. Plan ahead by charging all devices prior to the storm. If power is lost, students should shift to low power modes on cell phones and laptops and use only as a necessity.

  • Students should plan for power outages to last at least two days. Students should plan ahead by packing one bag (max) with the following items: pillow, blanket, water container, medicine, snacks, books/games, change of clothing and a pair of sturdy shoes, hygiene supplies, important documents such as passport or medical documents, cell phone chargers and portable batteries, flashlights, and extra batteries. Candles cannot be used in any campus building.
  • Once Albright, Hayes, Belk, HBO, Barnhardt, and Byrum have been evacuated, students will not be allowed back into those buildings until power is restored, so plan accordingly.
  • Meals will be provided in the dining hall during the evacuation period. Any changes in meal times will be communicated to students. The dining hall will be open from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and will have minimal power.
  • The campus is considered "dry" beginning on Thursday, Sept. 14 through the weekend with the cancellation of classes. This means students are not allowed to consume alcohol regardless of age. Additionally, students may not have overnight guests on campus during the emergency. Violations of campus policies during emergency conditions will result in higher sanctions.
  • During a power outage, emergency information will be posted in designated areas, including Wireman lobby, Levine Center Lobby, and the Dining Hall Entrance at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., until power is restored.
  • Any student whose plans change after submitting the Hurricane Evacuation Survey, should update their status with the Levine Center front desk before departing campus.

Students Requiring Special Assistance

Any students needing special assistance during a possible evacuation and/or power outage should contact your Residence Life professional staff member by Thursday at 12 p.m. to discuss your specific needs. You should also include any special needs in your Hurricane Evacuation Survey. Note the following contacts for each residence hall.

If Power Remains on Throughout Hurricane Florence

  • Students will remain in their residence hall rooms throughout the emergency period.
  • As long as class is canceled or the university closed, the emergency polices are in place, thus the campus is considered “dry” and no students should consume alcohol regardless of age. Students are also not allowed to have visitors. 

Special Campus Hours while the Power is on

  • Levine Center will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Dining Hall will open on a limited schedule 8-10 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, and 5-6:30 p.m. for dinner.
  • Einstein’s will close Thursday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.
  • The Coffee House hours will be posted based on the situation.
  • Lion’s Den will close Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this plan, please reach out to your residence halls professional staff member. You may also reach out to Amber Perrell, associate dean of students, at perrella@queens.edu or Kayla George, director of Residence Life and Housing, at georgek@queens.edu

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we prepare for Hurricane Florence.

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