Inside Look at Hurricane Florence Preparations


HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2018 – High Point University’s promise to provide every student with an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people holds true in every situation, including inclement weather.

Although HPU canceled classes for Thursday and Friday, the campus remains fully operational for students. HPU Security, Food Services, Campus Enhancement, Student Life and other staff members continue to provide essential services.

Campus Preparations

With more than 90 percent of students living on campus, HPU remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The university secured an additional 18,000 gallons of water, ensured all generators are working properly and secured outdoor furniture as well.

“The safety of our students is the top priority for all of HPU,” says Steve Potter, vice president for facilities and operations. “We work continuously to maintain normal operations for students. Our team is dedicated and will remain so through the remainder of the storm.”

“Our shelves are stocked with supplies to ensure dining operations continue to run smoothly,” says Kevin Summers, director of hospitality services at HPU. “Our managers stay in nearby hotels, and we provide transportation to employees when needed. We remain committed to providing quality meals to our students during this storm, just as we do every day.”

(See these special stories about Kristy Norton, Netsu Tegene and Miss Vernelle, a few of HPU’s many dedicated staff who reflect the caring spirit of our entire campus.)


Freshman Maggie Mauer participated in HPU’s fall blood drive.

Purposeful Work

But it isn’t just HPU’s staff making sure campus is ready for the storm. HPU student Melvin Tejada, who serves in the National Guard, has reported for duty at the North Carolina coast to help those who may be affected by the storm. As a God, family and country school, HPU honors and prays for all military and emergency personnel who are serving affected areas through this storm.

HPU students also donated more than 140 pints of blood during a blood drive held on campus this week, a donation that could help more than 400 people. This blood drive is held every fall, but during a time such as this, the campus is reminded of how important it is to give.

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