Message to international students: Preparing for Hurricane Florence (Monday, Sept. 10)


**For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.**


The following message was sent to all international students on Tuesday, September 11, around 3 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:

Dear Students, Scholars, Spouses, Families

I am sure many of you are wondering about Hurricane Florence and what it's impact will be on our area of Raleigh-Durham.  It is too early to say.  But given the storm’s potential, it is better to over prepare than under prepare.  If you have any questions and/or concerns, do not hesitate to contact International House.  email:  tel. 919.684.3585


If the severe weather policy is activated, the announcement will be made through the various DukeALERT channels, including email, text message, and Duke's emergency website. A message also will be recorded on the severe weather/emergency conditions telephone line at 684-INFO (4636).

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For more information about the current status of the hurricane and Duke’s preparations, please monitor the Duke Today website  and check Duke’s site:


In addition, use the National Hurricane Center website for tips on preparing:

 A recommended APP is READYNC put out by the North Carolina State Government

For those of you living on campus, a university campus is a very good place to be during a storm.   The libraries and classroom buildings have basements, some dining halls will remain open, and often power stays on with generator.

 For those of you living off campus here are some tips to prepare for hurricane weather.

  1. Large gallons of bottled water are a wise idea.  The general rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day.
  2. Make sure you have at least one flashlight and batteries for that light.  Also, a radio or something where you can get news that is not electricity driven.
  3. Have non-perishable food on hand, such as crackers, peanut butter, cans of tuna, baked beans, etc.
  4. Make sure your phone is charged, your automobile is full with gas and you have some cash on hand.  You may want to purchase a WIFI charger.
  5. How to obtain these items?  Remember you can always order online and have items shipped to your house. 
  6. Duke rarely loses power so those of you who do live within walking distance can come to Duke, your lab, the library, etc. when it is safe to walk.

Lisa Giragosian
Director, International House