Crisis Management Preparedness Team

Hurricane Florence

Learn more about the EMU alert system and how to stay informed.

Update for 9/12/2018

Dear EMU Community,

We are reaching out to you today to more fully apprise you of what we are doing at EMU to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence later this week. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost concern to us.

Since Monday, the Crisis Management Preparedness Team (leaders from maintenance, safety, student life, communications, athletics, information systems, health services, advancement, and others from president’s cabinet) have been monitoring updates concerning Hurricane Florence. This storm remains dynamic in terms of its force, trajectory, timing of landfall, and potential destruction. However, in the past 6 hours the projected trajectory now shows a more southern route that, if it holds, will lessen impacts here in Harrisonburg considerably.

For our students living in residence halls, loss of power is unlikely. EMU’s microgrid can handle the power needs for our campus independently of the local grid. Dining services will be operating as normal.

The athletics department is deciding on this weekend’s contest schedule on a sport-by-sport basis. Please visit for the latest updates.

As of this moment, Thursday classes will continue on a normal schedule. A decision about Friday classes will be made on Thursday as the forecast develops. Unless you hear otherwise, the Friday class schedule will proceed as usual.

Please refer to the campus emergency page for more information about the levels of closure. At this point based on the forecast, if there were to be any closures, it would be a level 2 closure at the most, an upgrade from an inclement weather closing.

You can find additional updates on the EMU and EMU Parents Facebook pages.  

Again, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance to us. The provost and I are fortunate to have a strong team to assist us in carrying out whatever measures we need to respond effectively.

We pray for the well-being of our campus community and those in the Carolinas and others in the direct path of the storm. Our values of community-building and service modeled on the life of Jesus will be on full display in the coming days.


Susan Schultz Huxman, President
Fred L. Kniss, Provost

Update for 9/11/2018

The Crisis Management Preparedness Team at EMU is monitoring local and regional public safety agencies tracking the forecast of Hurricane Florence. Many departments, including facilities management, residence life, and dining services, are preparing for the possibility of high wind and heavy rainfall.

As the forecast develops, EMU will communicate with students, faculty and staff through EMU’s emergency alert system. Updates will also be posted here.

What to expect:


  • Be prepared for heavy rain and potential flooding.
  • EMU campus is equipped with a microgrid that can run independently of the local power grid.

Off Campus

  • Prepare for the possibility of flooding and extended power outages.
  • Check with your management office or landlord to learn about storm preparations for your specific property.

We recommend that the EMU community sign up for the free Harrisonburg City alert system.   

Other helpful sites for emergency preparedness include:

Stay weather aware and check the EMU website, email, and alerts system for updates.