An email statement sent out by East Carolina University on Sept. 29 alerted staff and students of operation changes made in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Ian.
According to the email statement the campus will run on Condition 1 of the University of North Carolina System Adverse Weather & Emergency Event policy. According to the email statement the policy will still be the continuity of instruction and will begin on Sept. 30 at 7 a.m. and continue until Oct. 1 at noon.
The forecast for the upcoming weekend includes tropical storm force wind gusts and heavy rainfall, according to the email statement.
“The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Pitt County. The region is forecast to receive tropical storm force wind gusts and periods of heavy rainfall, which may result in flash flooding in low-lying areas and damage to trees. Hurricane Ian is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression as it makes its way across North Carolina,” according to the email.
Students should still expect to attend class, according to the email, but instructors are encouraged to make decisions that will work best for their instruction. Employees are encouraged to ask managers about alternate work locations, according to the email alert.
According to the email, students are encouraged not to drive, swim or walk through floodwaters, and everyone is encouraged to make the most responsible decision for themselves regarding travel and to continue monitoring the local weather.
The Student Affairs website provides updates on student services, including transit and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety details on how to be prepared for a hurricane on their website, according to the email.