Southside Virginia Community College is in close communication with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as well as local and regional public safety agencies who are continuing to track the forecast of Hurricane Florence. Multiple departments throughout the College have begun preparing the campuses for the potential of high winds and flooding from heavy rains.
As the forecast takes shape over the next few days, SVCC will communicate with students, faculty and staff as needed through the College's emergency alert system, http://southside.edu/alert as well as through email and the webpage if changes to regular operations occur. Please be sure you are signed up for http://southside.edu/alert and encourage your colleagues and students to do the same.
Members of the SVCC community should begin to familiarize themselves with and plan for the possibility of flooding and the potential for extended power outages. Take time to develop a family emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit. Great information is available at the National Weather Service website https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan to help you prepare.
Specifically, please be aware of the following.
- Faculty should be prepared to continue instruction in an online format or at alternative locations if necessary. Additional information will be forthcoming from the office of the Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs.
- Make sure you are signed up for http://southside.edu/alert
- Please remember that if the campus is closed, only buildings and grounds employees should be on campus. All other employees, unless asked to come in for emergency planning, should remain away from campus to allow clean-up and repairs to take place in the most efficient manner.
- You will notice that preparations are underway such as making sure our generators are full of fuel, outside furniture and other potential flying objects will be moved inside, any potential debris is being removed, roof drains are being inspected, dead limbs are being removed, equipment is being prepped, vehicles are being filled with gas, etc. You can assist us by allowing Buildings and Grounds to concentrate on these preparations and keeping other requests to a minimum throuout the rest of this week and early next week.
- With the arrival of tropical storm force winds and heavy rains beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend, Virginians can expect widespread road closures and power outages. Motorists should visit 511Virginia.org or Call 511 for the latest road conditions and report outages to Dominion Energy at dom.com or to local electric cooperatives. http://www.sec.coop/ http://www.meckelec.org/
- Virginia State Police, VDEM, VDOT and other emergency responders will commence 24 hour operations on Wednesday in anticipation of the storm. The Virginia Emergency Operations Center has been fully operational since Monday and will continue to coordinate preparation, response and recovery efforts for the foreseeable future.
- SVCC Continuity of Operations Committee members are engaged and planning for potential interruptions of operations.