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Florence Storm Updates

Queens returned to normal operations on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Thank you to everyone for your patience and cooperation during Florence.

Status Updates

Posted Monday, Sept. 17, 8:15 a.m.

Queens University of Charlotte classes and normal business operations will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Students who evacuated campus prior to the storm should now make their way back to Queens. The campus community is encouraged to exercise good judgment when traveling back to campus.

Students who will be delayed in their return to campus—due to the impact of the storm—should contact their professors and communicate their plans.

Travel Safe, Be Aware of Your Surroundings

As always, the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff are the university’s highest priorities. The storm left a significant amount of rain in the area during the last 48 hours and as a result most rivers, creeks and streams are running higher than normal. Roads and streets may also have experienced some localized flooding. The ground is saturated from all the rainfall, so falling trees and debris is still a possible danger. Remain aware of your surroundings when you are traveling on or off campus 

Queens will wrap up its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Monday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. The EOC thanks the campus community for its patience and cooperation during the storm. 


  

Posted Sunday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m.

Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor Florence and its impact to the campus community. Steady rain is forecast to continue overnight. A flash flood emergency has been issued for Central and Southeastern Mecklenburg County through 7:45 p.m. Sunday night and a flood watch remains in effect through Monday evening.

Next Florence Storm Update

The next Florence storm update will take place on Monday, Sept. 17, by 10:30 a.m., or as weather conditions require.

Queens Closed for Business on Monday, Sept. 17

Due to the impact of the storm, Queens will be closed for business on Monday, Sept. 17. All classes are canceled. Only designated essential personnel should report to work; check with your supervisor should you have questions.

Evacuated Students

Students who evacuated campus should remain off campus if possible while we continue to operate under emergency procedures. If you must come back to campus on Sunday, Sept. 16, please email reslife@queens.edu to update your evacuation status. It is important that we have an accurate count of students who are on campus in the case of a power outage.

Students Still on Campus

In the case of a power outage, students should follow the Residential Evacuation Plan. The Levine Center will remain open on our emergency hours on Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. As a reminder, while campus is closed we remain on our emergency procedures in the residence halls with campus "dry" and no guests allowed.

Reminder: All Tropical Storm Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.


 

Posted Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:15 a.m.

Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor the track of Florence and its impact to the campus community. We encourage students, faculty and staff to prioritize safety, remain aware of weather conditions and take the duration of this storm seriously. Rain is forecast to continue throughout the region on Sunday with an increased danger of flash flooding. Since the ground is now saturated, there is an increased danger of falling trees. Be vigilant of your surroundings when you are on campus.

Queens Closed for Business on Monday, Sept. 17

Due to the impact of the storm, Queens will be closed for business on Monday, Sept. 17. All classes are canceled. Only designated essential personnel should report to work; check with your supervisor should you have questions.

Increased Danger of Falling Trees, Staying Clear of Areas Marked with Caution Tape

Queens had a tree fall overnight between the Coffee House and Trexler. For your safety, please do not cross into areas on campus marked with caution tape. Students should enter on the backside of Trexler for access to the dining hall. For any students requiring special assistance with transportation around campus please contact Campus Police at 704-337-2306.

Evacuated Students

Students who evacuated campus should remain off campus if possible while we continue to operate under emergency procedures. If you must come back to campus on Sunday, Sept. 16, please email reslife@queens.edu to update your evacuation status. It is important that we have an accurate count of students who are on campus in the case of a power outage.

Students Still on Campus

In the case of a power outage, students should follow the Residential Student Evacuation Plan. The Levine Center will remain open on our emergency hours on Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. As a reminder, while campus is closed we remain on our emergency procedures in the residence halls with campus "dry" and no guests allowed.

Next Florence Storm Update

The next Florence storm update will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, by 6 p.m.

Reminder: All Tropical Storm Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.


 

Posted Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:45 p.m.

Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Florence and its impact on the campus community. The slow path of the storm has made the timing of its impact especially difficult to predict. We appreciate the ongoing cooperation, support and flexibility of Queens students, faculty and staff.

Next Status Update: Sunday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.

We will continue to monitor conditions and provide the next Tropical Storm Florence update by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, or as weather conditions require. 

Biggest Impact of Storm Occurring Saturday Night into Sunday

The bulk of expected rainfall and increased winds are forecast for overnight and through Sunday, and we urge everyone to prioritize safety, remain alert and take the duration of the storm seriously. Flash flooding is expected in parts of the region throughout the weekend and into early next week.

Plans in Place if Campus Loses Electrical Power

Should the Queens campus lose electrical power, the student evacuation plan will go into effect. Once the Residence Life and Housing team gives clearance, students should proceed to their designated evacuation location in Levine Center or Wireman Hall.

As always, the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff are the university’s highest priorities. While we hope that the impact on our area is less than anticipated, we encourage you to remember these tips, wherever you are: 

  • Turn around, don’t drown! Do not drive through standing water. Turn around and find another path.
  • Avoid touching or approaching any fallen power line. The line and/or surrounding water could be electrically charged.
  • Use caution if you are outside. Avoid standing or walking under large trees. High winds can cause limbs and debris to become loose and/or airborne.

Reminder: All Tropical Storm Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.


 

Posted Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m.

Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor the effects of Florence—now downgraded to a tropical storm—and its potential impact to the campus community. The extremely slow-moving storm is predicted to impact the Charlotte area on Saturday through the early part of next week.

The National Weather Service has issued the following weather advisories for the Charlotte area:

Should the Queens campus lose electrical power, the student evacuation plan will go into effect. Once the Residence Life and Housing team gives clearance, students should proceed to their designated evacuation location in Levine Center or Wireman Hall.

Reminder: All Tropical Storm Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.


 

Posted Friday, Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m.

Queens Continues to Track Hurricane, Forecast for Charlotte Area

Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to the campus community, which we will begin to experience today.

Reminder: All Hurricane Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.

Storm Forecast for Charlotte Area

Hurricane Florence made landfall around 7:15 a.m. near Wilmington, N.C., approximately 210 miles from Charlotte. The latest Charlotte-area forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-12 inches of rain and winds of 15-30 mph with gusts up to 30-35 mph for the next several days.

University Preparation

The Queens emergency management team continues to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages. Windy conditions have begun and rain is expected to begin later today. Because the storm is moving slowly, the most significant impacts on our area are now projected to begin on Saturday, with rain and higher winds picking up significantly in the afternoon.

Plans in Place if Campus Loses Electrical Power

Should the Queens campus lose electrical power, the student evacuation plan will go into effect. Once the Residence Life and Housing team gives clearance, students should proceed to their designated evacuation location in Levine Center or Wireman Hall.

As always, the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff are the university’s highest priorities. While we hope that the impact on our area is less than anticipated, we encourage you to remember these tips, wherever you are:

  • Turn around, don’t drown! Do not drive through standing water. Turn around and find another path.
  • Avoid touching or approaching any fallen power line. The line and/or surrounding water could be electrically charged.
  • Use caution if you are outside. Avoid standing or walking under large trees. High winds can cause limbs and debris to become loose and/or airborne.

Queens will continue to provide Hurricane Florence daily updates on Saturday and Sunday, or as weather conditions necessitate. 


 

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

Good morning Residential Students,

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: Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m.

With the health, safety and well-being of the campus community as our highest priority, Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to the campus community.  

All residential students should have completed the Hurricane Evacuation Survey before Thursday, Sept. 13, at 12 p.m. to indicate whether you plan to stay on campus or leave before the storm arrives.  If you did not complete the survey or if your plans change, please contact an RA or your building’s professional staff member to update them on your evacuation plans. If power is out when your plans change, please go to the communication desk in Levine Lobby to update the staff member in those areas. 

Campus Community Should Continue to Monitor Weather Forecasts

Queens recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for Charlotte and the surrounding area. Conditions statewide will vary, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.

Reminder: All Hurricane Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.

Staying Safe: Taking Storm Preparation and Personal Safety Seriously

Tropical storm winds are projected to arrive in the Charlotte area as early as 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

Once the storm arrives it’s important to take it seriously and follow previously provided instructions. Students should use caution during the storm given the danger of high winds, flying debris, fallen trees, downed power lines and the potential for flash or localized flooding.  In the case of a tornado warning, students should shelter in place.   

If the Queens campus loses power, students must follow the residence hall evacuation plan that was emailed to all students on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

 Please reference the previously provided Frequently Asked Questions for additional Queens storm planning and safety information.

Changes to Campus Operations – Sept. 13-16

  • Thursday-Friday, Sept. 13-14 - All on-campus and online classes are canceled. Residence halls and dining services will remain open. In the case of a power outage on campus, emergency evacuation locations have been prepared for residents.
  • Thursday, September 13 - Queens will be open for business, with exception of classes being canceled. All employees should report to work as normal.
  • Friday, Sept. 14 - Queens will be closed for business. All designated essential personnel should report to work; check with your supervisor should you have questions.
  • Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16 - Queens will be closed for business. All designated essential personnel should report to work; check with your supervisor should you have questions.

 

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

To the Queens Community,

Due to Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the Charlotte area, Queens University of Charlotte continues to monitor the forecast and take proactive steps to keep the campus community safe. The university’s highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff.

Please see below for the steps the university is taking to ensure everyone’s safety.

Dr. Pamela Davies
President, Queens University of Charlotte

Changes to Campus Operations – Sept. 13-16

  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 - all classes and campus operations continue as normal.
  • Thursday-Friday, Sept. 13-14 - All on-campus and online classes are canceled. Residence halls and dining services will remain open. In the case of a power outage on campus, emergency evacuation locations are being prepared for residents and will be covered in a separate email communication to students.
  • Thursday, September 13 - Queens will be open for business, with exception of classes being canceled. All employees should report to work as normal. 
  • Friday, Sept. 14 - Queens will be closed for business. All designated essential personnel should report to work; check with your supervisor should you have questions.
  • Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16 - Queens will be closed for business. All designated essential personnel should report to work; check with your supervisor should you have questions. 

Reminder: All Hurricane Florence updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu. Emergency notifications will go out via QAlert.

While the path of Hurricane Florence remains uncertain, there is a possibility of heavy rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds. Queens recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for Charlotte and the surrounding areas and make knowledgeable, safe choices about travel. Ready.gov and FEMA offer some helpful guidance about hurricane preparedness.

For Students Who Choose to Leave Campus

If students have a safe place to go to ride out the storm with family or friends, we encourage you to consider those options. Be sure to communicate your plans with the Residence Life and Housing Office and with your parents/guardians prior to the storm. All residential students must complete the Hurricane Evacuation Survey before Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. to indicate whether you plan to stay on campus or leave before the storm arrives. 

Preparation Information for Residential Students

Residential students should review the Residential Student Preparation Information, which includes evacuation details should residence halls lose power, special needs requests, among other information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

As the university continues to monitor the storm, the following frequently asked questions provide some answers for students, faculty and staff.

Q: Is Queens planning to evacuate campus?
A: At this time, even given the cancellation of classes Thursday-Friday, Sept. 14-15, residence halls and dining services will remain open. In the case of a power outage, residential students will be expected to evacuate to designated areas (more information will be emailed from Residence Life and Housing regarding these plans). The Queens emergency operations team is working to make sure students on campus are as comfortable as possible, given the conditions: 

  • Dining Services has ordered additional food and water to provide for students on campus.
  • The Campus Services team is working diligently with pre-storm efforts to minimize water intrusion and prepare for strong winds. Checking emergency system generators, clearing residence hall gutters, checking storm water drains and securing outdoor furniture will continue through Wednesday.
  • Residence Life and Housing is prepared to assist students in their residence halls should issues arise.

Q: Should students leave campus?
A:  If students have a safe place to go to seek refuge with family or friends, we encourage you to consider those options. Be sure to communicate your plans with the Residence Life and Housing Office and with your parents/guardians prior to the storm. All residential students must complete the Hurricane Evacuation Survey before Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. to indicate whether you plan to stay on campus or leave before the storm arrives.

Q: What should I do if I am a commuter student?
A: Commuter students should prepare for possible power outages in the Charlotte area that could last 2-4 days. Students may want to take additional measures to stock up on food, water and other emergency preparedness supplies. Review this list for possible supplies - https://readync.org/EN/Plan_GetAKit.html.

Q: Do all residence halls have generators?
A: No, only Wireman Hall. Most residence halls have battery backup for emergency lights, fire alarm panels, and other systems relating to safety; however, those systems have a limited battery life. Unauthorized generators are not permitted for safety reasons and will be removed. Residence life has a plan for most residential students that will relocate students who remain on campus to the Levine Center or Wireman Hall where generators will provide short-term emergency lighting.

In the event of a power outage, all exterior doors on residence halls will remain locked. Once a building has been evacuated, reentry will not be permitted. Prior to evacuation, staff from Residence Life and Housing will be available to assist students with gaining access to their communities. 

Q: Will the Health and Wellness Center be open?
A: The Health and Wellness Center will continue normal operations unless the university is closed. If the university is closed, the Health and Wellness Center will be closed. For emergency medical concerns, please contact Campus Police at 704-337-2306 or a Residence Life and Housing staff member.

Q: Where should I leave my vehicle on campus during the storm?
A: All residential student vehicles should be moved to the Byrum parking deck prior to Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m.

Q: What about medicines that require refrigeration?
A: Residence Life and Housing is preparing to designate a refrigerator in both evacuation zones (Wireman Hall and Levine Center) for medical storage. Please contact your building’s Residence Life staff member for additional details.

Q: How do I know if I’m signed up for QAlert messages?
A: All faculty, staff and students are automatically subscribed (opted in) to receive QAlerts via text (SMS), phone message, and email. Remember: If a weather condition warrants your immediate attention or action, you will receive a QAlert. Future updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu

Q: Will athletic events scheduled for this week still be held?
A: All Queens home games through Saturday, Sept. 15 have been canceled. The Queens Golf Invitational scheduled for Sept. 17-18 in Kannapolis has also been canceled. Queens University of Charlotte and the South Atlantic Conference office continue to monitor the progress of all weather-related issues as they pertain to athletic events. Please monitor all Queens Athletics social media accounts for updates and future notifications.

Q: Is the Preyer Lecture and Reception scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 canceled?
A: Yes, the Preyer Lecture and Reception has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for the spring semester.

 


 

Posted: Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, 5 p.m.

Queens University of Charlotte is tracking and monitoring Hurricane Florence closely and its potential impacts to campus.

Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday, Sept. 13 or early Friday, Sept. 14, so we are still several days from understanding its likely impact on the Queens campus and Charlotte area. It is important to note that even a slight change in the storm’s path could lead to greater effects in Charlotte.

The National Weather Service is currently projecting 4-6 inches of rain, or possibly more. Flooding, tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph) and power outages in the Charlotte area are possible.

Current Operations

Queens is currently operating on a normal schedule; however, university officials will continue to follow the hurricane’s forecast and will keep you updated. You should also continue to monitor local weather forecasts.

Remember: If a weather condition warrants your immediate attention or action, you will receive a QAlert. Future updates will be posted to the Queens website at www.queens.edu.

Next Update

Unless there are significant changes in weather conditions or available information, the next update will be provided on Tuesday, September 11.

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