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Severe Weather Alert

Event: Hurricane Dorian


Thank You Wildcat Family!

ATTN: Students, faculty and staff

On behalf of President Dr. Brent Chrite and the emergency operations team, we thank you for your cooperation as we want to ensure the safety of our campus community.

Residence Halls will open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 8th for students to return.

All students are required to have their student ID cards in their possession and available for inspection upon their return to campus.

Faculty and staff will return on Monday, September 9th during normal operation hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Classes will also resume on Monday, September 9th.

Essential personnel have been contacted and will report to campus, Thursday, September 5th.

If you have any questions, please contact our Campus Dispatch Hotline, 386-481-2900. We pray a safe return as many of you are traveling back to the Daytona community.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 2:08 PM 


B-CU Announces Game Cancellations

ATLANTA -- Bethune-Cookman University Vice-President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Lynn W. Thompson has announced today (September 2, 2019) that the Bethune-Cookman University football game against the University of Southeastern Louisiana, scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 4 p.m. at Daytona Stadium, has been canceled. Read more here>> 

 

Monday, September 2, 2019, at 8:13 PM 


NEWS FLASH: the University Closure is Extended

Sunday, September 1, 2019

It is our prayer that each of you are weathering the storm in a safe place. To ensure students, faculty, and staff stay safe as Hurricane Dorian is currently expected to generate high winds and heavy rains along Florida’s east coast, Bethune-Cookman University is extending campus closure until Sunday, September 8th. The Emergency Operations Center is continuing to actively monitor the storm and we encourage you to periodically visit the university website, www.cookman.edu and the official social media platforms for updates.

If you have not already done so, please download the Wildcat SAFE App for additional information.

You may also check the National Weather Service, https://www.weather.gov for up-to-date alerts on weather-related events.

Please be careful and most importantly be safe.

 

Sunday, September 1, 2019, at 2:07 PM 


News Flash: Hurricane Dorian Update, University is Closed

ATTN: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends

Bethune-Cookman University is closed and prepared for the impact of Hurricane Dorian. An Emergency Operations team has been assembled and will remain on campus throughout and during the aftermath of the storm.

The University is closed until further notice. The campus WILL NOT be used as a shelter. Students who are unable to evacuate the city will be transported to an area shelter. Off-campus students are encouraged to report to a local shelter or take other precautions if necessary.

Volusia County shelters open Sunday, September 1, 2019, at 12 Noon. See listing here.

**Volusia County Schools and Volusia County Emergency Management shall determine which shelters open prior to specific named event. “Residents should never go to a public shelter unless local officials have announced it is open. Public shelters are only opened as needed and based on the situation/threat. During a disaster or storm, not all of the public shelters may open.

Please stay tuned to the B-CU website, www.cookman.edu, official Twitter @bethunecookman and Facebook @bethunecookmanuniv for updates.

If you have not already done so, please download the “Wildcat SAFE App.” Additional updates will be issued on this platform as well, as we continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian. This Evacuation Order is being issued to protect the safety of our students, especially in light of the tremendous nature of this hurricane and in keeping with the information received in cooperation with state and local government agencies. A decision as to the return date for classes will be made and communicated at the appropriate time.

Please prepare and most importantly be safe.

 

Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 1:38 PM 


Hurricane Preparation Reminder

Reminder: All Students, Faculty, Staff

Due to the anticipated trajectory and strength of Hurricane Dorian, and based on the information provided from the National Weather Service, Bethune-Cookman University, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, President Dr. LaBrent Chrite is issuing a mandatory campus evacuation order effective today, Friday, August 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Students are directed to immediately begin making arrangements to evacuate the campus. All classes are canceled as of 12 Noon, today, August 30, until further notice, to allow students to safely travel in advance of the hurricane. All residence halls and the dining hall will close as of 6:00 p.m.

Students MUST evacuate the residence halls and campus by 6:00 p.m. today, August 30, 2019.

A return date for students, staff, and faculty will be published via the website, email and social media once the hurricane has passed and it is safe to return to campus.

Faculty and Staff, please be sure to secure your offices and cover computers and other electronic devices with plastic garbage bags to minimize any water intrusion.

Any vehicle that is abandoned or in harms way that is left on campus after 6:00 p.m. today, August 30, 2019, will be parked at your own risk. The University will not be liable for any damages to your vehicle during the evacuation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 386-481-2900.

Please be sure to move your vehicle to the nursing parking lot if you are planning to leave your vehicle near campus.

All students are REQUIRED to complete the Emergency Information Form (click here).

All students are strongly encouraged to:
-Secure their personal belongings.
-Remove all contents from refrigerators.
-Unplug refrigerators and all electronics.
-Take all medications and valuables with you.
-Close and lock all windows.

First floor residents must remove personal belongings off the floor. The University will not be responsible for items that are damaged as a result of a failure of students to comply with this order.

Students who are unable to evacuate the city will be transported to an area shelter. Off-campus students are encouraged to report to a local shelter or take other precautions.

If you have concerns about this evacuation process, please immediately contact Campus Safety, at 386-481-2900. For more information, please visit www.cookman.edu

If you have not already done so, please download the “Wildcat SAFE App." Additional updates will be issued as we continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian. This Evacuation Order is being issued to protect the safety of our students, especially in light of the tremendous nature of this hurricane and in keeping with the information received in cooperation with state and local government agencies. A decision as to the return date for classes will be made and communicated at the appropriate time.

STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES ON WWW.COOKMAN.EDU.

We pray for your continued safety. Please Be Careful.

 

Friday, August 30, 2019, at 11:19 AM 


Mandatory Evacuation Order

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Attention: All Students, Faculty, Staff

Due to the anticipated trajectory and strength of Hurricane Dorian, and based on the information provided from the National Weather Service, Bethune-Cookman University, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, President Dr. LaBrent Chrite is issuing a mandatory campus evacuation order effective Friday, August 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Students are directed to immediately begin making arrangements to evacuate the campus. All classes are canceled as of 12 Noon, Friday, August 30, until further notice, to allow students to safely travel in advance of the hurricane. All residence halls will close as of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30th and the dining hall will close at 6:00 p.m.

Students MUST evacuate the residence halls and campus by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.

A return date for students, staff, and faculty will be published via the website, email and social media once the hurricane has passed and it is safe to return to campus. Arrangements for athletic teams have been made in consultation with the Vice-President for Inter-collegiate Athletics and sports team coaches.

Faculty and Staff are expected to report for work on Friday, August 30, 2019, through the end of the normal workday. Staff and Faculty are expected to secure their offices and cover computers and other electronic devices with plastic garbage bags to minimize any water intrusion.

All students are REQUIRED to complete the Emergency Information Form (click here) .

All students are strongly encouraged to:
-Secure their personal belongings.
-Remove all contents from refrigerators.
-Unplug refrigerators and all electronics.
-Take all medications and valuables with you.
-Close and lock all windows.

First floor residents must remove personal belongings off the floor. The University will not be responsible for items that are damaged as a result of a failure of students to comply with this order.

Students who are unable to evacuate the city will be transported to an area shelter. Off-campus students are encouraged to report to a local shelter or take other precautions.

If you have concerns about this evacuation process, please immediately contact Campus Safety, at 386-481-2900. For more information, please visit www.cookman.edu .

If you have not already done so, please download the “Wildcat SAFE App." Additional updates will be issued as we continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian. This Evacuation Order is being issued to protect the safety of our students, especially in light of the tremendous nature of this hurricane and in keeping with the information received in cooperation with state and local government agencies. A decision as to the return date for classes will be made and communicated at the appropriate time.

STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES ON WWW.COOKMAN.EDU.

We pray for your continued safety. Please Be Careful.

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 11:52 AM 


Let's Get Prepared: Hurricane Preparedness

Occasionally, hurricanes can be an unfortunate reality at Bethune-Cookman University. Hurricane season occurs annually from June 1st through November 30th, and the University has established procedures to keep students safe. The purpose of this notice is to provide important emergency information for you in the event that the University is threatened by a hurricane. In addition, this notice provides information and resources to help you develop a personal hurricane evacuation plan.

Depending upon the anticipated severity of a storm, Bethune-Cookman University may be required by Volusia County to evacuate its campuses. While a major hurricane is not a common occurrence, it is imperative that you develop a personal evacuation plan and be ready to implement that plan, if necessary.

STAYING INFORMED
When a Tropical Storm or Hurricane threatens Central Florida, the University will notify students about cancelations, closures, and the possibility of evacuations by means of University-Wide Emails, Wildcat SAFE Text Alerts, Wildcat SAFE App and by the University’s Website ( www.cookman.edu). The University’s website is always the best place to obtain the latest information, and the Emergency Information Hotline will also be activated to answer questions.

University Website: www.cookman.edu Emergency Information Hotline:  386-481-2902

PLAN AHEAD
The University has a wealth of emergency preparedness resources that you can access at www.cookman.edu/emergencymanagement to assist you in planning:

At a minimum, emergency plans should address the following:

Communications: Designate an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a family contact.

Supplies: Build or purchase an emergency kit with all the supplies needed for 3-5 days.

Protecting Valuables: Purchase rental insurance and take pictures/inventory of personal possessions.

Protecting Data: Back up computer data and take a copy (USB Drives, External Hard Drives, CDs, etc.) whenever evacuating campus.

Transportation: Keep cars filled with gas and check all fluids and tire pressures (including spare). Know how you will evacuate and the route to be taken if an evacuation is ordered. During an ordered evacuation, transportation will be provided for Campus Residents to local hurricane shelters.

Shelter: Hurricane shelters are designed for safety, not comfort. Accommodations are extremely basic. Students who choose to stay in a local shelter should be prepared to sleep on the floor of a common area. Food and water will be provided, but we recommend that students bring a sleeping bag or blanket, a pillow, snacks (non-perishable food) and all prescription medications.

EVACUATION
When an evacuation is ordered, students will be expected to comply immediately. The University will cancel all classes/events and ask students to leave campus by a specific date and time. The University will provide as much notice as possible to help students arrange for their own safety and welfare. Most students travel to a designated relative or friend’s home within a 250-mile radius of Central Florida, but outside the anticipated impact zone. In the event of an evacuation, there will be no on-campus sheltering. Students are responsible for their travel arrangements and expenses. Students who live off-campus should not report to campus. Residents and off-campus students are encouraged to stay with family or friends when possible. Remember, hurricane shelters should be utilized as a last resort.

RECOVERY
In the immediate aftermath of a storm, communications may be disrupted. Again, please check the University Website or Hotline for the latest information. All students should attempt to contact family and friends immediately by any available means (telephone, text, email, social media, etc.). If the University is evacuated, STUDENTS SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO CAMPUS until instructed to do so via a Wildcat SAFE Text Campus Alert or the University's Website. To assist the University in the renunciation and recovery process, students will be asked to check-in and to indicate their whereabouts by accessing the Recover Form at www.cookman.edu (Form is only available during an event/incident) or by calling the Emergency Information Hotline. ACT NOW! We encourage you to develop your personal emergency plan now, not when the threat of a storm is imminent, and be ready to implement that plan in case Central Florida and Bethune-Cookman University are threatened by a storm. If you have any questions, please contact Bethune-Cookman University Emergency Management at 386-481-2902 or kennedya@cookman.edu.

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 6:00 PM 

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