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Weather Alert - Hurricane Irma

Get up-to-date information on Hurricane Irma and any impact to RUSVM's St. Kitts campus operations.


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***Posted 8:30a.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 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.

Important numbers
On-call number for Student Health Service: 869-662-6235
For campus updates:
762.6161 – Digicel 662.9191 – Flow (St. Kitts)

 

***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.

***Important numbers***

On-call number for Student Health Service: 869-662-6235
For campus updates:
762.6161 – Digicel 662.9191 – Flow (St. Kitts)

***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.

***Important numbers***

On-call number for Student Health Service: 869-662-6235
For campus updates: 762.6161 – Digicel 662.9191 – Flow (St. Kitts) VOIP (US): 732.898.0087

***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.