Important Messages to Students Regarding Hurricane Ida

Sent Monday, August 30, 2021

Dear Millsaps College students, faculty and staff,

All college operations will resume as normal tomorrow, Tuesday, August 31.

We are fortunate that the college escaped the threat of Hurricane Ida with only a few down tree limbs, and are deeply appreciative of our facilities, food service, campus safety, campus life and other essential staff who made sure students were safe throughout the past 24 hours.

Please keep the families of our students, friends and neighbors who have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Ida in your prayers.

Best,
The Emergency Management Committee

Sent Sunday, August 29, 2021

To the Millsaps College community,

Hurricane Ida has made landfall in Louisiana and is forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to our area beginning tonight and throughout the day tomorrow.

Because of the anticipated impact of this storm, all classes will be canceled and all college offices will be closed on Monday, August 30. Essential staff and those whose supervisors have deemed necessary to come to campus for an abbreviated period of time are required to report tomorrow. Essential staff should contact supervisors with questions regarding on-campus operations.

As a reminder, the safest course of action is for everyone to shelter in place. Students should remain in the residence halls and limit all movement around campus other than to get meals. Travel in any direction is not advised.

Please be sure you have prepared emergency items including bottled water, food, flashlight(s), extra batteries, phone charger, first aid kit, prescription medications, hygiene items and face masks. With the added possibility of potential power outages, remember to charge your cell phone, laptop and other mobile devices now. Do not use elevators unless absolutely necessary, so you do not run the risk of being stuck in case of a power outage.

If there is a loss of power on campus, generators will provide emergency lighting in Ezelle and New South Halls. Do not use elevators in case of a power outage. If you are in a residence hall without power, RAs will distribute flashlights to you. Candles or other devices with an open flame are not permitted.

Plans are in process to support limited dining options in the Caf. Dinner will be served tonight between 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Hours of operation in the Caf tomorrow are 9:00 am. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reuben’s and ecoGrounds are closed.

We will continue to communicate with everyone as needed. In case of any emergency on campus, remember to contact Campus Safety directly at 601-974-1234. Other emergency information will be distributed as needed via Major Alert.

Sent Saturday, August 28, 2021

Dear Millsaps College Students,

Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall tomorrow on the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm. Forecasts call for heavy rain and high winds in the central Mississippi area beginning Sunday evening and all day on Monday.

At this time, the safest course of action for students on campus is to remain on campus. Travel in any direction during the course of the next two days is not advised.

As noted in our previous communication, please prepare emergency items including bottled water, food, flashlight, extra batteries, phone charger, first aid kit, prescription medications, hygiene items, cash and face masks. With the added possibility of potential power outages, remember to charge your cell phone and other mobile devices.

If there is a loss of power on campus, generators will provide electricity to Ezelle and New South Halls. If you are in a residence hall without power, RAs will distribute flashlights to you. Candles or other devices with an open flame are not permitted. Plans are in process to support limited dining options in the Caf.

Weather permitting, our current plan is for in-person classes to continue on Monday.

We will provide another update to you at approximately 9:00 p.m. Sunday night. In case of a specific emergency, you will be notified via Major Alert.

As we monitor the path of the storm, please take a moment this weekend to review the storm shelter areas across campus.

Thanks,
The Emergency Management Committee

Sent Friday, August 27, 2021

As you may be aware, Hurricane Ida is making its way into the Gulf of Mexico. We encourage you to begin planning now for severe weather beginning Sunday, August 29 and continuing into Monday, August 30. You can monitor the latest information related to the storm through the National Hurricane Center and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

In anticipation of possible severe weather, please prepare emergency items including bottled water, food, flashlight, extra batteries, phone charger, first aid kit, prescription medications, hygiene items, and face masks. With the added possibility of potential power outages, remember to charge your cell phone, laptop and other mobile devices. If power is lost on campus, you will still be able to get a WiFi signal in the Academic Complex and the atrium of New South Hall.

We will monitor the storm and communicate details about classes on Monday as soon as possible, so please be attentive to communications from the college. In case of an emergency, we will communicate through Major Alert, our emergency alert system; it will push messages to you via text, email and phone. As we monitor the path of the storm, please take a moment this weekend to review the storm shelter areas across campus.

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