Hurricane Florence Update

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Weather Notification

Sept. 17, 4:30 a.m.

 

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Out of an abundance of caution, classes will begin at 10:40 a.m. today, Sept. 17.

All other HPU services will continue to operate on normal schedule.

While conditions remain stable, Campus Enhancement will be working this morning to prepare a few academic spaces on campus that have small amounts of standing water.

HPU Security, Campus Enhancement, Student Life and other teams continue to monitor the situation and care for students on campus.

Please contact Campus Security if you have any questions at 336-841-9112.

 


 

Sept. 14, 12 p.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for our area through Sunday evening.

While no major impact has occurred on campus at this time and only a light drizzle has begun in our area, HPU Security, Campus Enhancement, Student Life and other teams are continuously monitoring the situation and caring for students on campus. We will continue to provide you with updates as this weather event continues.

At this time, all university services are operating on regular schedule, and currently there are no power outages.

We also wanted to share helpful links:

For students who need transportation from the airport back to campus:

http://www.highpoint.edu/concierge/return-shuttles-september-16-17/

If you’d like to continue monitoring the weather conditions in our area, you can view the National Weather Service’s forecast for High Point, N.C., here.

You can also stay up to date on HPU’s social media platforms, including:

Campus Concierge E-mail

HPU Facebook page

HPU Guides Mobile App

HPU Twitter (@HighPointU)

 


 

Sept. 13, 3:00 p.m.

As a reminder, our campus is prepared for Hurricane Florence, and we will continue to provide regular updates throughout the weekend. While the forecast continues to vary, some reports indicate that the outlook for the central Piedmont Triad where HPU is located has improved in the last 24 hours. We continue to monitor the situation and are prepared for the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, tree damage and power outages. At this time, all services, including food and transportation, are operating on regular schedule.

Below are helpful links and answers to questions you may have.

How can I schedule returning transportation from the airport back to campus next week?

http://www.highpoint.edu/concierge/return-shuttles-september-16-17/

What about campus shuttles and shopping shuttles?

Campus shuttles will remain on regular schedule as long as weather permits.

A shopping shuttle will run tonight beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. The shuttle will pick up from the Slane, Village and Silver Line Diner shuttle stops and transport students to Wal-Mart and Target. A shopping shuttle will not run on Saturday to avoid potential inclement weather.

What are the best sources for High Point, N.C. weather conditions?

You can view the National Weather Service’s forecast for High Point, N.C., here, or visit WGHP Fox 8’s local weather coverage here.

Where can I find hurricane preparedness information?

Extensive preparedness information is available via this HPU Safety and Security website.

How can I receive the most up-to-date information?

You can stay up to date on HPU’s social media platforms, including:

Campus Concierge E-mail

HPU Facebook page

HPU Guides Mobile App

HPU Twitter (@HighPointU)

If you need further assistance, please contact the Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636.

 


 

Sept. 12, 5:00 p.m.

While classes are canceled on Thursday and Friday, HPU’s campus remains fully operational for students. Our Security, Food Service, Campus Enhancement, Student Life and other staff will work around the clock. We continue to monitor and assess the situation, and we will continue to provide these updates to you as weather patterns evolve.

 

Campus Registry for Students Who Stay

Today, Sept. 12, all students received a campus registry link from the Office of Student Life that allows them to report if they’ve chosen to stay on campus. This information allows HPU officials to know exactly which students are here and to utilize this information in the event of an emergency.

Please encourage your student to follow the step-by-step instructions they received and report which days they plan to remain on campus.

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PLEASE DISREGARD the text and sections 1-4 about any “break” information. Food services are all open and this is only a form for us to collect information about the students.

Local Forecast and Rain

While skies are currently clear, we know that forecasts continue to change and vary regarding the potential impact and heavy rain on our area. Some reports indicate that we may receive up to 6 to 10 inches of rain, while other reports indicate it may be 1 to 2 inches.

Local WGHP Fox 8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd said this in a recent High Point, N.C. report: 

“If the track stays on track to the south, the Piedmont Triad would only see 1-2 inches of rain. If the track continues to the north, the Triad could see as much as 6 to 10 inches.”

You can also view the National Weather Service’s forecast for High Point, N.C., here.

HPU remains prepared for the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, tree damage and power outages. We have amazing faculty and staff working around the clock to care for your student.

 


 We continue to assess Hurricane Florence and are prepared for the storm. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel classes on both Thursday and Friday.

However, the campus will remain fully operational for students. Our security, food service, campus enhancement and other staff members will work around the clock.

We wanted to share answers to some questions received in recent days:

Should students come home?
Classes are canceled on Thursday and Friday, so students may return home, or they may choose to stay on campus.

Can students stay on campus? 
Yes – all campus services will remain operational. HPU is securing an additional 18,000 gallons of water this week and stocking the shelves with emergency food inventory. HPU’s Campus Enhancement team is also ensuring all 18 generators are working properly in preparation of the storm. The majority of HPU’s power lines are underground.

How can I see a live feed of campus?
To see images and a recent time lapse of campus, visit the HPU Weatherbug platform.

What are the best sources for High Point, N.C. weather conditions?
You can view the National Weather Service’s forecast for High Point, N.C., here, or visit WGHP Fox 8’s local weather coverage here.

How can I receive the most up-to-date information?
While we do not expect any changes to HPU services, you can stay up to date on HPU’s social media platforms, including:
HPU Facebook page

HPU Guides Mobile App

HPU Twitter (@HighPointU)

How can students secure transportation to local airports?https://www.highpoint.edu/concierge/transportation1112/

 

We have heard from many of you that you appreciate HPU providing students with the option to return to their homes or stay on campus based on what is best for them. We want you to know that we have amazing faculty and staff working around the clock to care for your student.

HPU is mindful of all those who have been or could be affected by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Isaac or Hurricane Helene in the coming days. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

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