ECU orders evacuation of its dormitories
By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
East Carolina University has instructed all on-campus students to evacuate, reversing an earlier stance that students could remain in dormitories.
The notice went out to all ECU students at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. All classes for the week have been canceled, following a decision made Monday afternoon.
“Based on the latest track of Hurricane Florence and the increased impacts to the Greenville area including catastrophic wind and flooding in eastern North Carolina,” the release said. “East Carolina University campus administrators are instructing students to evacuate residence halls on campus. Residence halls will close at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.12.”
The notice escalates the university’s response to the coming storm. During a joint news conference on Tuesday morning, ECU officials said that students would be allowed to remain in their dormitories with staff on hand.
Jamie Smith, assistant director of news services at the university, said the later decision was based on staff meeting on Tuesday morning a review of the projected path and impact of Hurricane Florence.
She said students who did not have a safe place to evacuate to would still be allowed to remain on campus — though where and whether they will be consolidated to a shelter will depend on the number and location of students who need to remain.
Any student who can’t leave must notify Campus Living at 252-328-4663. The number will be in operation until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The release said the university plans to send ECU Alert messages regarding next week’s schedule by early afternoon Saturday, Sept. 15.