The following message was sent to all off-campus Duke students on Tuesday, September 11, around 9 a.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:
As Hurricane Florence continues to make its way toward North Carolina’s coast, much work is underway on campus to ensure sufficient power, water, food, and fuel for bus service.
But those of you who live off-campus should also take steps now to ensure you have sufficient supplies on hand in the event of an extended power outage. Duke Energy has warned that it could take multiple days to several weeks to restore power in affected areas, depending on the extent of damage and post-storm conditions.
I encourage you to take time now to prepare for potential power outages off-campus. Specifically, you should prepare a three-day supply kit to include:
- Water: 1 gallon per person per day
- Essential medications and a first-aid kit
- Ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant soup and cereals, fruits and vegetables, canned or box juices, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, trail mix, bread and any special dietary items you may need
- Manual can opener
- Sanitary items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cash and change
- Battery-powered, portable radio or portable TV and plenty of extra batteries.
You should also fill up your vehicle’s gas tank, since most gas pumps require power to operate.
As always, we are available to help and assist you during and after the storm. Most power lines on Duke’s main campus are underground, so power supply should be fairly resilient, and we have stocked plenty of food on campus if you need a hot meal.
Updates will continue to be posted on the Duke Today website as conditions and plans change.
Vice President for Student Affairs"