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Thursday, September 20, 3:06 p.m.

In putting the health and safety of students first, Coastal Carolina University has determined classes on campus will not be held through Friday, Sept. 28. Residence halls will remain closed. 

The Office of the Provost will communicate to students via email about alternative instruction that will be available for some coursework, where applicable.

Students: Please do not plan to return to campus until you are notified that residence halls are open and that classes will resume.

As reported previously, faculty and staff will continue to report to work.

Fortunately, the CCU campus avoided major damage and flooding impacts from Hurricane Florence. 

While the winds and rain from this major storm have moved through and out of our area, continued river flooding in communities across northeastern South Carolina has prompted the closing of numerous roads and major highways into and across Horry County.

This flooding is projected to continue into next week at record levels, causing significant impacts to our region. Along with inaccessible roadways which impede travel and the delivery of essential supplies to the area, the flooding is severely impacting the lives of a significant number of CCU employees, which causes several key University services to be interrupted.

In addition, flooding in Conway is impacting local government operationswhich could result in the closure of county offices. When the South Carolina governor opened state offices following Hurricane Florence, he granted county governments the authority to determine the closure of their respective offices. If Horry County offices close, CCU will be required by law to close the campus.

CCU Emergency Management will continue to monitor the rising rivers and subsequent flooding. We plan to communicate further updates late Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 26.


Tuesday, September 18, 12:43 p.m.

Kimbel Library will be open to students on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library is only open to provide students the opportunity for connectivity to work on classroom assignments. This access is limited to the library. Other areas of campus will not be open to students. Students can contact other campus services via telephone or email.

Please do not try to access other areas of campus.

Parking is limited to Lot G next to Kearns Hall. The library entrance adjacent to Lot G is the only entrance that will be open. Student identification will be checked at the library entrance. Neither food service nor shuttle service will be operational.

 


Monday, September 17, 3:00 p.m.

From the Office of the President:

CCU students and family member(s),

As we recover from Hurricane Florence and prepare our campus to resume normal operations, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the challenges CCU faces this week.

While we are very fortunate that the campus has not received significant damage, the surrounding communities have not been so fortunate. Currently, major flooding is causing significant roadway closure throughout Horry County. It is anticipated that road closures in North and South Carolina may cause interruptions in the delivery of supplies to our community, including food and fuel.

A supply chain interruption could significantly impact the University’s ability to provide ample food and sufficient shuttle services to our students.

These are the reasons why we have deemed it necessary to delay the return of our students and the resuming of our normal class schedule.

As communicated in our most recent advisory, it is currently our intention to reopen residence halls on Sunday afternoon and to resume classes on Monday. However, the circumstances we are experiencing are extremely difficult to gauge. We will have much more information from emergency management officials about the flooding timetable over the next couple of days.

We plan to communicate on Thursday our final plans for resuming normal operations.

Please know that the safety of our students is our utmost consideration. We truly appreciate your understanding and patience as we work together to return to normal.

We ask that you continue to stay informed about University actions by visiting our CCU advisory page.

Sincerely,

David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D.
Coastal Carolina University President


Monday, September 17, 1:06 p.m.

CCU will remain closed on Tuesday. University Housing will also remain closed. Only essential personnel will report to work.

 

Students: Classes are canceled through the remainder of the week.

 

Please do not make plans to return until you are notified that campus will reopen.

 

Currently, it is our intent to reopen residence halls on Sunday afternoon and to resume classes on Monday. However, based on flooding concerns and road closures in the surrounding area, please do not schedule return travel until you have heard from CCU on Thursday about final plans to resume normal operations. 

 

Students will be responsible for all assignments. Faculty will communicate to students with details.  

 

It is expected that there will be many questions about make-up classes. This information will be made available after CCU returns to normal operations and appropriate plans can be solidified.

 

Faculty and staff: Please report to work on Wednesday. Your safety is the most important consideration. Please use your best judgment if you relocated and are traveling back with unsafe road conditions in your area, or if traveling to campus is unsafe.

 

Staff who may be affected by road closures should communicate with their supervisors.

 

Be advised: The North Carolina Department of Transportation is advising travelers to avoid traveling through the state as road conditions are deteriorating. 

 


Sunday, September 16, 2:18 p.m.

Campus will remain closed. Only essential personnel will report to work on Monday, Sept. 17. The University is cleaning up and assessing campus.

 

We will communicate more information on Monday.

 

Stay informed with the latest information at coastal.edu/advisory.

 


Saturday, September 15, 3:27 p.m.

The Governor has rescinded evacuation orders for counties except Horry and Georgetown. Therefore, CCU remains under an evacuation order. 

Once the order for our area is lifted by the Governor, the University will begin to work through recovery. 

 

At that time, the CCU Emergency Management Team (EMT) will evaluate operations and damages, and then communicate the planned return to campus. The University will not hold classes without giving ample time for our students to return.

 

The State Emergency Management priority is shifting now to prepare for flooding. Some Horry County roadways are projected to be impacted significantly. The CCU EMT will continue to monitor flooding issues on roadways. 

 

Please continue to monitor coastal.edu/advisory for the latest information.

 


Friday, September 14, 2:54 p.m.

Campus is closed. We remain under a State of Emergency and an evacuation order by the S.C. Governor. Please do not make plans to return to campus. 

Hurricane Florence is a wind, rain and flood event. Roads may be impassable. Therefore, it could be midweek or later before campus can be reopened. 

We will provide sufficient notification when campus will be reopened and when classes will resume. Stay safe Teal Nation.


Tuesday, September 11, 10:31 a.m.

Campus is officially closed. Only essential or designated personnel are allowed to be on campus to prepare for Hurricane Florence. 

Please review the emergency preparation information and frequently asked questions for more information regarding the University’s emergency preparedness activities and operations. 

If you have not already done so, sign up for CCU Alert to receive urgent emergency text messages to your mobile phone.  

Stay informed about the most accurate and up-to-date track of Hurricane Florence on the National Hurricane Center website. For CCU-specific information, check Coastal’s advisory page regularly. 


Monday, September 10, 4:42 PM

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of all state agency offices in 26 counties.

Coastal Carolina University is closing campus Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. until further notice. At a minimum, the University will be closed for the rest of the week.

Only essential or designated employees will be allowed to report to campus in order to assist with the evacuation of students and the preparation of campus for the possible impacts of Hurricane Florence.

If your personal evacuation plan includes traveling from the Amtrak station in Florence, S.C.,or the Myrtle Beach International Airport, CCU transportation service will pick up students at the KK parking lot, located next to the Department of Public Safety. The last shuttle to the Amtrak station will depart on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Shuttles to the Myrtle Beach International Airport will start at 4 a.m. and will run every hour on the hour until 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Because campus is closed Tuesday, student services will not be available after Monday evening except for the following:

 

·         Kimbel Library will remain open until Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

·         Hicks Dining Hall will serve breakfast Tuesday from 7 until 8 a.m.

·         Tradition Market P.O.D. will be open from 7 to 8 a.m.

·         CHANT411 will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 8 p.m. on the weekend.

 

Residential students – Please pay close attention to your email communications from University Housing.

Please move forward with your personal evacuation plan. If you have not done so, please update your personal evacuation plan in MyCoastalHome.

Nonresidential students –Please evacuate if you live in an evacuation zone. Information about evacuation zones can be found at:

Horry County

http://www.horrycounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement/hurricanes/knowyourzone Georgetown County

http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/Emergency_Management/evacuationzones.html

All students, as you consider your evacuation plan, please pay attention to the storm track to ensure you travel out of harm’s way.

Please review the emergency preparation information and frequently asked questions for more information regarding the University’s emergency preparedness activities and operations. 

If you have not already done so, sign up for CCU Alert to receive urgent emergency text messages to your mobile phone.  

Stay informed about the most accurate and up-to-date track of Hurricane Florence on the National Hurricane Center website. For CCU-specific information, check Coastal’s advisory page regularly. 


Monday, September 10, 4:00 PM

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the closure of 26 county state agency offices beginning tomorrow, Sept. 11.

The CCU campus will be officially closed tomorrow and until further notice. Only essential personnel will be allowed on campus. More information will be communicated soon. Monitor your email and the [../../../coastal-now/news/advisory/]CCU advisory page.

Employees should secure their work space(s) prior to leaving campus on Monday by following the procedures below.

Computers and Computer Peripherals

  • Power down your computer properly.
  • Unplug the computer power cord.  
  • Unplug the network cable from the computer, not the wall jack.
  • If adjacent to a window, move the computer away from the window.
  • Cover the computer with plastic (such as a trash bag).

Office Space/Area:

    • Lower drapes, blinds and shades in your work areas.
    • Place all exposed papers and files in a desk drawer or file cabinet. If necessary, temporarily relocate records to a safe storage area.
    • Secure/verify that vital and confidential records are in a safe storage area. 
    • Move desks, files, equipment and furniture away from windows.
    • Place all desktop items, i.e., staplers, paper clip holders, in-baskets, pen and pencil holders, trinkets, etc., in a desk drawer or file cabinet.
    • Remove all wall hangings in your work area and store above floor level.
    • Elevate all items off the floor.
    • Consider removing personal property of value.
    • If an office has windows, you should remove chairs, small furniture, wall hangings and plants. Place them in a secure area, preferably in a windowless office or storage area.
    • Close all doors in your work area.
    • Turn off lights.

Can I leave personal property on campus?

CCU’s insurance does NOT cover damage or loss of any items not owned by the University. You should consider taking personal items of value home with you. Also, personal vehicles parked on campus will not be the responsibility of CCU should theft or damage occur.

Can I stay on campus during the hurricane?

CCU is not a designated evacuation shelter. Non-employees cannot stay in their offices or in other facilities on campus during periods of closure. Information on evacuation shelters can be found at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement/Hurricanes/Shelters

What should I do personally to prepare for a hurricane?

  • Stay tuned to local media for the weather forecast and monitor the CCU website for updates. Sign up for CCU Text Alerts at [../../../emergency/ccualert/]https://www.coastal.edu/emergency/ccualert/.
  • Have an out-of-state point of contact and inform family of the situation.
  • Ensure that your emergency supply kit is stocked. Refer to the Emergency Supply Kit and frequently asked questions below for more information.
  • Have cash on hand in case the power goes out and ATM/credit cards cannot be accepted.
  • Put all important documents in a protected area.
  • Fill your prescriptions.
  • Charge your electronics.
  • Fill up your vehicle with fuel.
  • Consider the safety of pets. Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars.

What is a personal emergency supply kit?

An emergency supply kit is simply a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency; you may not have time to shop for the items you need. The emergency supply kit can be used to shelter-in-place or in a vehicle during an evacuation. According to FEMA at ready.gov, you need to be ready to be on your own for at least 72 hours. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your emergency supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these days.

Below is a basic list of recommended supplies.

  • Water (a minimum of three gallons per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (canned goods, dried food or shelf-stable meals that do not require refrigeration)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Toiletries and hygiene items
  • Comfort items (sleeping bag or blanket)
  • Change of clothes

Sunday, September 09, 8:30 PM

The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update of Hurricane Florence shows South Carolina continues to be in the five-day error cone, which means Coastal Carolina University has the potential to experience hurricane conditions in the next five days.
 
The governor has declared a state of emergency for South Carolina, and he will decide if and when an evacuation is necessary. Coastal Carolina University is prepared with plans in place for the campus and for residential students.
 
CCU will have normal operations on Monday.
 
In an abundance of caution, CCU will cancel classes on Tuesday and will provide 24 hours’ notice before classes are resumed.
 
Residential students – Please pay close attention to your email communications from University Housing.
 
We are preparing to act on the governor’s announcement as soon as it is made.
 
Please be prepared to put your personal evacuation plan in place. If you have not done so, please update your personal evacuation plan in MyCoastalHome.
 
Nonresidential students – In the event of an evacuation order from the Governor’s Office, please be prepared to evacuate if you live in an evacuation zone. Information about evacuation zones can be found at:
 
Horry County
Georgetown County

All students – As you consider your evacuation plan, please pay attention to the storm track to ensure you travel out of harm’s way.
 
If your personal evacuation plan includes traveling to the Amtrak station in Florence or the Myrtle Beach International Airport, CCU can provide transportation assistance.
 
Transportation service from the Union station (located adjacent to the Lib Jackson Student Union) will begin Monday morning. Transportation to the Amtrak station will depart on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Shuttles to the Myrtle Beach International Airport will start on Monday at 6 a.m. and will run every on the hour until 8 p.m.
 
Please continue preparing and communicating with your family. Please review the emergency preparation information and frequently asked questions for more information regarding the University’s emergency preparedness activities and operations. 
 
If you have not already done so, sign up for CCU Alert to receive urgent emergency text messages to your mobile phone.  
 
Stay informed about the most accurate and up-to-date track of Hurricane Florence on the National Hurricane Center website. For CCU-specific information, check Coastal’s advisory page regularly. 

 

Sunday, September 9, 2:30 PM

Coastal Carolina University Emergency Management is continuing to work with state and county emergency officials to monitor Hurricane Florence and its potential to impact our area. The University’s Emergency Management Executive Group has been meeting and maintaining constant communication to determine potential response measures.

According to the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence continues to track toward the Carolinas. As it is forecasted now, we could begin to experience impacts in our area Thursday morning. However, this could change, so stay informed about the most accurate and up-to-date track of Hurricane Florence on the National Hurricane Center website and by monitoring local media. For CCU-specific information, check Coastal’s advisory page regularly.

The Emergency Management Executive Group will meet again later this evening to review the most up-to-date forecast and will communicate tonight about any necessary actions that may need to be taken.

As a reminder, CCU is a state institution. Hurricane evacuation is coordinated by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and the governor is the only one who can issue a hurricane evacuation order. The University will continue to coordinate with the state and inform the University community as information is made available.

Students, please continue preparing and communicating with your family. Please review the emergency preparation information and frequently asked questions for more information regarding the University’s emergency preparedness activities and operations. 

 


 

Saturday, September 8, 7:03 PM

Coastal Carolina University Emergency Management is monitoring Tropical Storm Florence and its potential to impact the campus. While the exact track of the storm and any potential impacts to South Carolina remain uncertain, the University is taking steps to maintain a heightened level of awareness, provide updates and communicate emergency preparedness information to students, faculty and staff.

Now is the time to prepare and communicate with your family. Please review the frequently asked questions for more information regarding the University’s emergency preparedness activities and operations.

Nonresidential students – Know if you live in an evacuation zone and prepare accordingly. Information about evacuation zones can be found at:

Horry County

http://www.horrycounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement/hurricanes/knowyourzone

Georgetown County

http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/Emergency_Management/evacuationzones.html

Residential students – please pay close attention to your email communications from University Housing. 

If you have not already done so, sign up for CCU Alert to receive urgent emergency text messages to your mobile phone.

Emergency Management will continue to monitor the storm and provide briefings to the University’s Emergency Management Team to ensure a prompt response if the storm track is expected to impact South Carolina.

Stay informed about the most accurate and up-to-date track of Tropical Storm Florence on the National Hurricane Center website. For CCU-specific information, check Coastal’s advisory page regularly.

 


 

Friday, September 7, 3:53 PM

Coastal Carolina University is monitoring Tropical Storm Florence. Current projections indicate that Florence is not an immediate threat to land through Monday, Sept. 10; however, the storm will produce rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend. Beachgoers should always swim in areas with a lifeguard and obey the beach hazard flags. For more information on beach safety, visit www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.

University officials are closely monitoring the track of the storm. Updates will be posted on the University advisory page at www.coastal.edu/advisory. For the latest information about the projected path of the storm, visit the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov and monitor local media.

If you are not signed up for CCU, you can do so now at www.coastal.edu/emergency/ccualert to receive text messages regarding campus emergencies.