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***Posted 5:30 p.m. AST September 20

CAMPUS UPDATE | Campus will be OPEN tomorrow Thursday, September 21 for all academic activities, classes and labs. We were notified that the all-clear has been given by the St. Kitts Government for hurricane Maria (3:20 pm AST).

Power and water has been restored to all campus, including Campus Living. Our facilities team completed a full campus assessment today, and found no serious damage to campus.

Thank you to our students and colleagues for their patience during this weather event.

 

***Posted 3:00 p.m. AST September 20

St. Kitts is currently still experiencing high wind and significant level of rain due to the passing of hurricane Maria. The storm is projected to continue to pass further to the west, away from St. Kitts.

Campus will remain CLOSED Wednesday, September 20 for all academic activities, classes and labs. We will update our community via Siren, Facebook and email updates as to a change to campus status.

Students and colleagues are advised to not travel until the all-clear indication is sent through SIREN, via the government, campus conditions permitting. A flash flood warning is in effect until 8 p.m. and persons should avoid Basseterre and Old Road due to flooding. Please note that an island assessment is required by St. Kitts prior to the all-clear notice issued, and this may take some time for them to complete.

We will be completing a full campus assessment tomorrow. As a reminder, water service has been temporarily discontinued island-wide for safety, and we are working on restoring this to campus. We will also be working with St. Kitts Electric Company (SKELC) to restore power to Campus Living.

The safety of our colleagues, students and family members is our primary concern, and our university hurricane plan is still in a full readiness state and we are following our plan as we did with hurricane Irma.

For updates, visit http://bit.ly/2eBIz6H

***Posted 4:30 p.m. AST September 19

St. Kitts is still experiencing gusty wind and rain due to the passing of hurricane Maria. The campus is currently running on generators and the RUSVM Facilities team has been working hard to restore power to all of campus, including Campus Living (dorms). Students who sheltered on-campus have been accounted for and are safe.

As hurricanes can be unpredictable, it is important not to be complacent. Be safe and do not leave the shelter until you get the all-clear SIREN notification.

We wish to thank everyone for your patience as we continue to provide updates as the storm system moves through the region. For regular updates, visit http://bit.ly/2eBIz6H

Call our Hurricane Hotline no. at 800-308-5202 to get island updates.

 

***Posted 8:20 a.m. AST September 19

St. Kitts is currently experiencing wind and rain due to the passing of hurricane Maria, with winds of 39-56 MPH. The storm is projected to pass to the west of St. Kitts, and is expected to peak in intensity approximately between 9 am and 4 pm today with tropical storm winds of 56-73 MPH. Rainfall of up to 12’’ associated with the storm will continue through the day today which will increase the chance of flooding.

Students and colleagues, please continue to shelter until the all-clear indication is sent through SIREN, via the government, campus conditions permitting. Water service has been temporarily discontinued island-wide for safety.

Campus will remain CLOSED Tuesday, September 19 including all academic activities, classes and labs with the exception of the student union and classrooms 1 and 2 to be used for sheltering. It is too early to assess for Wednesday yet but expect Siren, Facebook and email updates.

As hurricanes can be unpredictable, it is important not to be complacent. The safety of our colleagues, students and family members is our primary concern, and our university hurricane plan is still in a full readiness state and we are following our plan as we did with hurricane Irma.

For updates, visit http://bit.ly/2eBIz6H

Call our Hurricane Hotline no. at 800-308-5202 to get island updates.

 

***Posted 11:08 p.m. AST September 18

Hurricane Maria has increased to a category 5. No change has been made to the previous storm track, and it is still expected to pass to the south of St. Kitts, over Dominica. Tropical storm force winds expected in St. Kitts by mid-Tuesday morning turning into hurricane force winds in the afternoon with wind gusts up to 80 mph.  The period with the strongest winds expected between 7 am and 5 pm AST.

Rain associated with hurricane Maria will approach from the southeast tonight and then continue through the day on Tuesday. Heavy rain will be expected after 4 am AST and will continue through 4 pm AST Tuesday afternoon with rates to 1"/hr at times. Light rain will then be expected through later Tuesday night before rain comes to an end. Rainfall is expected in the 4-8" range. This will increase the chance of flooding in St. Kitts.

Students who have chosen to shelter on campus, are on campus, and checked in. Campus will remain CLOSED Tuesday, September 19 including all academic activities, classes and labs with the exception of the student union and classrooms 1 and 2 to be used for sheltering. It is too early to assess for Wednesday yet but expect Siren, Facebook and email updates.

As hurricanes can be unpredictable, it is important not to be complacent. The safety of our colleagues, students and family members is our primary concern, and our university hurricane plan is still in a full readiness state and we are following our plan as we did with hurricane Irma.

Call our Hurricane Hotline no. at 800-308-5202 to get island updates.

 

***Posted 9:18 a.m. AST September 18

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for hurricane Maria in St. Kitts. Current storm track is to the south of St. Kitts, and expected to be a category 3 hurricane by late Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds expected in St. Kitts by mid-Tuesday morning with hurricane force winds in the afternoon. Winds estimated at 85 MPH with gusts to 105MPH, and rainfall is expected in the 8-12" range

Campus will be open today, Monday September 18, however all academic activities, classes and labs close at 12:00 noon. Campus will be CLOSED Tuesday, September 19 including all academic activities, classes and labs with the exception of the student union and classrooms 1 and 2 to be used for sheltering. It is too early to assess for Wednesday yet but expect Siren, Facebook and email updates.

High tropical storm force winds are expected similar to hurricane Irma, however hurricane Maria is expected to bring a significant amount of rain, estimated to 8 inches, locally over 12 inches. This will increase the chance of flooding in St. Kitts. We strongly encourage colleagues and students living in low-lying areas buddy up with those on higher ground this evening.

We also understand that some students may wish to shelter at campus from Monday night until the “All Clear” indication is given by the Government, campus conditions permitting.  If you would like to come to campus to shelter in the student union or in classroom 1 or 2, please contact Adele Straun in Campus Living at astraun@rossvet.edu.kn. Please notify Adele Straun by 12 p.m. NOON today to confirm you that will be coming to campus for shelter and plan to arrive to campus by 3 p.m. You may come on campus before 3 p.m. Parking will be available in east parking lot. Based on pathway and speed of the hurricane be prepared to have to stay on campus for Monday and Tuesday night.

The safety of our colleagues students and family members is our primary concern, and our university hurricane plan is still in a full readiness state and we are following our plan as we did with hurricane Irma. Accordingly, we urge students to continue to make their own storm preparations for Maria. For information on hurricane preparedness, updating Your SIREN contact information, and other details about severe weather preparedness visit the Ross Safety and Security Page.

 

***Posted 9:12 p.m. AST September 17

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for hurricane Maria in St. Kitts. Current storm track is to the south of St. Kitts, and expected to be a category 3 hurricane by late Tuesday. Tropical storm force winds expected by mid-Tuesday morning with hurricane force winds in the afternoon. Winds estimated at 75 MPH with gusts to 100MPH. Rainfall in the 4-8" range. Please also be aware that there is still debris from hurricane Irma, please exercise caution as we experience high winds.

Campus will be OPEN tomorrow, Monday September 18. Campus will be closed Tuesday, September 19. We are monitoring the weather closely this evening and will notify our campus community of any changes to Monday’s campus status.

As hurricanes can be unpredictable, it is important not to be complacent. Student safety is our primary concern, and our university hurricane plan is still in full readiness. We urge students to continue to make their own storm preparations for Maria. Prepare and stock up on supplies again.

We understand that some students may wish to shelter at campus from Monday night until the “All Clear” indication is given by the Government, campus conditions permitting.  If you would like to come to campus to shelter in the student union, classroom 1 or 2, please contact Adele Straun in Campus Living astraun@rossvet.edu.kn. Please notify Adele by 3 p.m. Monday to confirm you will be coming to campus and plan to arrive to campus before 6 p.m. Parking will be available in east parking lot.

Call our Hurricane Hotline no. at 800-308-5202 to get island updates.

 

***Posted 12:20 p.m. AST September 9

The Government of St Kitts and Nevis has discontinued the Tropical Storm watch for Hurricane Jose. Jose remains a category 4 hurricane as it moves north past St. Kitts today. We ask our community to remain cautious and alert in the event of weather changes or deterioration

 

***Posted 3:45 p.m. AST September 8

Hurricane Jose

A Tropical Storm Watch is still in effect for Hurricane Jose, a category 4 hurricane. On the forecast track, the center of Jose will pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday. Tropical winds expected Saturday 4 a.m. and last until Saturday 10-11 p.m. Winds in the 45-50 MPH with rainfall 2-4.”

Although this hurricane may not track as close to St. Kitts as Irma, please do not be complacent. Prepare and stock up on supplies again. Our university hurricane plan is still in full readiness, and we urge students to continue to make their own storm preparations for Jose.

We understand that some students may wish to shelter at campus from Friday night. If you would like to come to campus, please contact Adele Straun in Campus Living astraun@rossvet.edu.kn. Please notify Adele by 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) to confirm you will be coming to campus and plan to arrive to campus before 10 p.m.
 

Returning Students

Academics are scheduled to resume next week on Monday, including all classes and labs. We realize that as you travel back to the island there are likely to be travel disruptions due to Irma tracking into the US. Arrive whenever it is safe to do so. There will be no academic penalty for late arrival and late check-in fees have been waived for this semester. We will work with your course coordinator to make up what has been missed. If you are returning late, please notify Dr. Wallace or Daniela Hickling.

 

***Posted 8:15 p.m. AST September 7

Campus status: Campus is closed today through Friday.

Hurricane Jose

A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect in St. Kitts for Hurricane Jose. Jose is a category 3 storm, and is centered in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 636 miles east-southeast of Saint John's. Jose’s path is anticipated to be 75-100 miles north of St. Kitts, and is expected to make contact with St. Kitts on Saturday between 10 am -12 pm. We expect breezy winds and 30-50 MPH gusts are anticipated with minimal storm surge and rain. While the picture we paint suggests this hurricane will have less of an impact, please do not be complacent. Prepare and stock up on supplies again. Our university hurricane plan is still in full readiness, and we urge students to continue to make their own storm preparations for Jose.

Although Jose is expected to pass well north of St. Kitts, we understand that some students may wish to shelter at campus Saturday night. We will determine a time by tomorrow and if you would like to come to campus, please contact Adele Strawn in Campus Living astraun@rossvet.edu.kn to make arrangements now.

Campus and Students

The RUSVM campus infrastructure was inspected today with no identified issues. The campus hurricane supply of food and water has been assessed, and we are fully stocked. 

We also understand that some community members on the island are still without power and water. We welcome you to come to campus to fill bottles from our filtered water stations and use our outlets to charge phones/devices. The Caribbean Conference Room and Simulation Lab Conference room are available for charging. For those students in campus living, a shuttle bus will be available tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the campus living circle if persons wish to go going grocery shopping.

We wish to thank everyone for your patience as we work to restore campus to regular operations and prepare for future weather.

 

***Posted 1:55 p.m. AST September 7

Campus status: Campus is closed today through Friday.

The RUSVM Facilities team has been working to restore power to all of campus, including Campus Living (dorms). Power has currently been restored in the Caribbean Conference Room and Simulation Lab. Wi-Fi has been restored to the Copy Center, Information Technology, as well as Classrooms 1 & 2.  Water service has been restored to all of campus, include Campus Living. This should only be used for showering and toilets at this time.

We are continuing with welfare checks (phone and in-person) for students who did not stay in the on-campus shelters.

Academics are tentatively scheduled to resume next week, including all classes and labs. We realize that as you travel back to the island there are likely to be travel disruptions due to IRMA tracking into the US. Arrive whenever it is safe to do so. There will be no academic penalty for late arrival and late check-in fees have been waived for this semester. We will work with your course coordinator to make up what has been missed.

However, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for St. Kitts at 11 am due to Hurricane Jose. We are tracking Hurricane Jose closely. Jose is tracking to the west-northwest and should approach the Leeward Islands this weekend, likely passing by to the northeast. While the worst of the storm should stay north of the islands, some outer rain bands from Jose may bring some gusty showers to the Leeward Islands this weekend. We will keep you informed of any updates as we can provide them.

 

***Posted 8:00 p.m. AST September 6

St. Kitts National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued the all-clear notice which indicates that winds have subsided to a safe level and it is safe to be outdoors. Students who sheltered on-campus have moved back to their homes. We are now in the process of following up with welfare checks for students.

Academics are tentatively scheduled to resume next week, including all classes and labs. We realize that as you travel back to the island there are likely to be travel disruptions due to IRMA tracking into the US. Arrive whenever it is safe to do so. There will be no academic penalty for late arrival and late check-in fees have been waived for this semester. We will work with your course coordinator to make up what has been missed.

We are also closely tracking Hurricane Jose, currently located about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  Although we cannot predict the route for certain, Jose is expected to pass north of St. Kitts. We will keep you informed of any updates as we can provide them

***Posted 1:20 p.m. AST September 6

CAMPUS UPDATE

The worst of Hurricane Irma for St. Kitts appears to have passed. The eye of the hurricane is now west of St. Kitts and moving to the WNW. Rain is expected to continue through most of the day into tonight. The security team is engaged and the campus is secure.  A headcount of the shelters on campus has accounted for all occupants. A headcount of on-campus housing has been completed and all occupants have been accounted for and are safe. 

 

***Posted 8:30 a.m. AST September 6

CAMPUS UPDATE

As of 7 am local time Wednesday, we are pleased to report our shelters on St. Kitts are safe and secure and there is no known damage to campus. Irma is still a category 5 hurricane and expected to continue for much of today. We are in communication with the campus and we will provide regular updates here throughout the day.

 

***Posted 9:25 p.m. AST September 5

We have established a hurricane hotline for Ross Vet family members. We will be answering calls beginning tomorrow, September 6, at 7 am EDT/6 am CDT. The hotline will be able to provide a broad update regarding the conditions on island but will not at this time be able to convey individual student updates.

Please call: 800-308-5202

 

***Posted 2:57 p.m. AST September 5

Irma has strengthened to a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds in the 70-80 mph range with maximum wind gusts at 175 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts the strongest part of the storm will impact St. Kitts late this evening (Tuesday), between midnight tonight and 8:00 AM tomorrow morning (Wednesday). St. Kitts could see rainfall in the 8-12 inch range, which will result in flooding and impassable roads.

RUSVM has strongly advised students and their families to make their way to campus for shelter, via the university’s emergency communications system. Classroom 1 and 2 and the LATF are designed to sustain a category 5 hurricane and is a safe place for to shelter. The campus is well-stocked and has supplies in place to ride out the storm.

Students are being checked in as they arrive to campus. This will enable us to confirm students’ safety and communicate that to concerned families once Irma passes. Please note that there may be a delay between a family member’s inquiry and confirmation, as we are working with campus staff to manage this event. 

 

***Posted 6:00 p.m. AST September 4

RUSVM Community,

St. Kitts is currently under a hurricane warning. Hurricane Irma is a dangerous category 4 hurricane and expected to impact our islands late tomorrow. Campus will be closed tomorrow through Wednesday. RUSVM has a hurricane action plan presently in place which we are following to prepare. We will continue to provide updates and will send a SIREN message to inform you when campus reopens.

Students and colleagues residing in low-lying areas are strongly encouraged to move to higher ground. Examples of areas in St. Kitts that are identified as low-lying are located around the golf course in Frigate Bay, Half Moon Bay and Conaree.

We encourage all community members to shelter at their homes or with friends/neighbors who live in higher ground.

If you wish to shelter on campus, you will need to be at the RUSVM campus by 3 p.m. You may come earlier. See personal hurricane preparedness list. Please take note:

  • Park in the East Parking lot. Northwest parking lot will be overflow.For those who have challenges with transport, a bus pickup will be offered at the Marriott, departing 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 5. It will then stop at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, St. Christopher Club, Silver Reef, Fire Station on Cayon St., Baker’s Corner, Caribbean Cinemas and then the Ross campus.
  • You may bring your pet to campus. See list of items to bring for your pet. Your pet will remain with you while on campus.
  • View lists of rules to follow while sheltering on campus.

Important precautions

  • Don’t go near the water and do not attempt to surf or swim as rip currents are incredibly dangerous during a storm.
  • Avoid sheltering alone if possible.While you are experiencing the storm do not attempt to go outside or to travel.
  • Let your family and friends off-island know now that it is likely that we will lose power during the storm, including phone, email and internet.

 

***Posted 8:30 a.m. AST September 4

We have been closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and its potential impact over the next several days. Irma is currently a category 3 hurricane and expected to pass to the north of St. Kitts, and it presently appears that the center will travel through Anguilla.

Those students and colleagues residing in low-lying areas are encouraged to move to higher ground. Campus will be open for shelter if the storm continues on the current track, or weather conditions worsen. RUSVM will share details later today for those community members who wish to shelter on campus. Community members should prepare for high winds, stock up on dry food and fresh water, batteries and flashlights etc. There are various filtered water stations around campus from which you are welcome to fill jugs and bottles.

***Important updates for Monday, September 4, 2017***

All classes and academic activities for students will be cancelled from Monday – Wednesday. Registration for students will proceed on Monday as usual.

The time of the White Coat Ceremony has been moved to 11 am (AST) on Monday

All colleagues are to report to campus for their regular work on Monday

 

If you are a returning student and have already delayed your flight, there will be no penalty for classes/labs missed during this week. We will work with your course coordinator to make up what has been missed. Contact Colleen Govia at cgovia@rossvet.edu.kn to communicate your status to let them know if you are/have delayed your return. For those colleagues who are returning late to campus, let your manager or department head know.

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***Posted 8 p.m. AST September 3

Current Status: All classes and academic activities for students will be cancelled from Monday – Wednesday. Registration for students will occur on Monday as usual

A 5 pm Hurricane Watch has been issued for St. Kitts as Hurricane Irma moves into the area.  A watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours somewhere within the watch area. Although it’s exact path still remains difficult to forecast, Irma is expected to impact the northeastern Leeward Islands by the middle of this week as a major hurricane.

Community members should prepare for high winds, stock up on dry food and fresh water, batteries and flashlights etc. Campus will be open for shelter if the storm continues on the current track, or weather conditions worsen. An update email will be sent at 7 a.m. Monday, September 4.

***Important updates for Monday, September 4, 2017***

All classes and academic activities for students will be cancelled from Monday – Wednesday. Registration for students will occur on Monday as usual

The time of the White Coat Ceremony has been moved to 11 am (AST) Monday September 4.

All colleagues are to report to campus for their regular work on Monday

If you are a returning student and have already delayed your flight, there will be no penalty for classes/labs missed during this week. We will work with your course coordinator to make up what has been missed. Contact Colleen Govia at cgovia@rossvet.edu.kn to communicate your status to let them know if you are/have delayed your return. For those colleagues who are returning late to campus, let your manager or department head know.

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***Posted 12 p.m. AST September 3

We are continuing to track the activity of Hurricane Irma. Meteorological models from the National Hurricane Center suggest that the storm has now shifted further south and expected to pass slightly north of St. Kitts and Nevis. This may result in heavy rain and wind in St. Kitts by the middle of next week. Community members should prepare for at least tropical storm force winds, stock up on dry food and fresh water, batteries and flashlights etc. Campus will be open for shelter if the storm continues on the current track, or weather conditions worsen.

RUSVM plans to remain open and campus operations are scheduled as usual on Monday, including academics; classes and labs. Please note that if you are a returning student and have already delayed your flight there will be no penalty for classes/labs missed during this week. We will work with your course coordinator to make up what has been missed. For those colleagues who are returning late to campus, let your manager or department head know.