September 6, 1 p.m.

Reconstitution instructions for campus community

South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has lifted the evacuation order for remaining S.C. Counties, and the Citadel has begun recovery actions in preparation for the reopening of the campus and reconstitution of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

The Citadel campus remains closed today and Saturday, and all campus activities, including classes, sporting events, visits and meetings are canceled. Online classes continue as scheduled unless faculty notify students otherwise.

Members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets should plan on returning to campus Sunday September 8. The barracks will be open that day by noon, and there will be a 4:30 p.m. Muster formation for the Corps. Coward Hall dining facility will be open for dinner.  Members of the Corps of Cadets with questions should contact their chain of command and their TAC officer.

At this time, Citadel officials are planning a return to normal operations, including classes of both The Corps and The Citadel Graduate College on Monday September 9.

Essential personnel should continue to report for work as required. Employees who may be delayed in returning to work due to hurricane impacts should communicate with supervisors.

College officials are committed to ensuring a quality academic experience for all students this semester, despite the extended cancellation of classes. The Citadel’s faculty have begun planning to enable the achievement of course objectives and preparation for exams later this semester. These adjustments will be announced later.

September 1, 2019

Hurricane Dorian has continued moving toward the Southeast Coast, and poses a threat of high winds, coastal flooding, life-threatening storm surge and potential tornadic activity as it approaches our area Thursday.

Therefore, Governor McMaster has directed a mandatory evacuation of South Carolina Coastal Counties beginning at noon September 2. In compliance with that order, all campus activities with the exception of hurricane preparation, are canceled until further notice. The Citadel Corps of Cadets will be released after their last duty September 2, which will be no later than noon. Once these duties are complete, every member of the Corps of Cadets will depart the campus in an orderly fashion, in accordance with the Citadel’s hurricane evacuation plans. Faculty & staff members who are non-essential for securing the campus and taking campus closure or emergency actions should not report to work September 2. Online classes will continue as scheduled, unless faculty notify students otherwise.

The Commandant’s office designates representatives to account for and monitor the transportation and relocation of all cadets. Under this process, TAC Officers check tracking and accountability rosters to insure that all cadets are included and have a form of transportation out of the evacuation area. Cadets will be instructed to keep their families informed of their departure arrangements and their location throughout the evacuation process.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and the South Carolina Department of Transportation have announced that at noon September 2, they will reverse the direction of traffic along I-26 so that all four lanes will be westbound until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County. Please stay tuned to local news for further traffic updates.

Campus emergency response personnel will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as necessary. The Citadel’s Athletic Department is examining hurricane impacts on each team’s schedule, and will announce any schedule changes once determined.

Our top priority at present is the safe evacuation of all members of our community. Once evacuation actions are complete, cadets, students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor The Citadel website and social media sites for additional updates, including resumption of classes and the reopening of the college when recovery actions allow.

August 31, 2019

The National Hurricane Center continues to track Hurricane Dorian as it continues moving northwest for the next few days, then turns more west-northwest toward Florida and the Southeast U.S. this weekend, likely strengthening into a major hurricane. It is too soon to know with certainty if there will be any direct impacts from Dorian for the Georgia Coastal Empire and South Carolina Lowcountry. Current models have the storm turning northward after approaching Florida, and we expect strong impacts in Georgia and the Carolinas Thursday, September 5.

However, moderate to major levels of tidal flooding are expected through at least the middle of next week, even if Dorian remains well away from the area. In addition, the threat for heavy rainfall-induced freshwater flooding will also increase early next week.

The Citadel’s hurricane planning processes and resources

The safety of our cadets, students, faculty and staff is always the college’s primary concern. It is The Citadel’s mission during inclement weather to take all actions necessary to ensure the well-being of the campus community and to protect campus facilities and resources.

The Office of the President, emergency response leaders and Department of Public Safety officers monitor weather that could negatively impact campus 24 hours a day. For example, some streets in Charleston commonly flood as a result of the convergence of heavy rains and high tides. When that is projected to occur, the college’s Department of Public Safety emails notices to the campus community.

Tropical storms and hurricanes are among the most serious meteorological developments that can impact campus due to its coastal location. As a storm develops that may impact the Charleston area, the college’s emergency response team coordinates operational plans in conjunction with county emergency management officials.

As the storm or hurricane approaches, the campus community is notified via email, and through the campus command structure, to prepare well in advance of any impact to the region. Updates are then provided with each operational stage of storm safety management.

If it is determined that classes and athletic events must be canceled, campus will close, or a full evacuation is needed, The Citadel BulldogAlert system sends emergency messages via phone, text message and email to subscribers who include cadets, students, faculty and staff, as each development occurs. BulldogAlerts are also posted on this public page.

Additionally, emergency notifications are posted on the The Citadel Today newsroom and on the college’s Facebook and Twitter pages as needed.

Corps of Cadets operating procedures during a hurricane

If the Governor of South Carolina or Charleston County Emergency Response Officials direct government offices to close or issue an evacuation order for the area, The Citadel will comply. The Citadel’s leadership team will keep cadets, students, faculty and staff informed of any closures or operational impacts on campus.

The Office of the Commandant of Cadets has plans in place for safe, orderly evacuation of campus if this measure is necessary. The Citadel’s administration remains in close touch with state and county emergency response officials so we can take these measures if necessary.

If a decision is made to evacuate campus, the Commandant’s team of TAC officers, staff and cadet leadership lead members of the Corps through standard operating procedures that include securing personal belongings, turning in rifles and an accountability system to ensure every cadet has transportation to a safe location and back to campus when it is time. Cadets are responsible for keeping their families apprised of their whereabouts.

Following an evacuation, reconstitution schedules will be communicated through the channels listed above.

The Citadel’s general hurricane and inclement weather procedural and policy information is here.

There is no new information to share at this time. In the event of a weather event or emergency, information intended for members of The Citadel campus community would be posted here.

5 p.m. October 10, 2018

The safety of our campus community is our primary concern; therefore, all public activities including day and evening classes for Thursday, October 11 are canceled. The Citadel, like all state agencies, follows the reporting guidance prepared by our county government. Charleston County offices will be closed tomorrow, and The Citadel will follow suit. Online classes will continue as scheduled, as will all CGC Wednesday evening classes. Cadets will remain on campus.

Faculty & staff members who are non-essential for securing the campus, taking emergency actions or serving the S.C. Corps of Cadets will be released after their last scheduled duty today. The major concerns for local emergency officials are the potential for tornadic activity and potentially dangerous conditions for commuters.

Our top priority is always the safety of all members of our community. Campus emergency response personnel will continue to monitor the situation, coordinate with Charleston County and state emergency management agencies and we will issue updates as necessary. Please continue to monitor email, The Citadel website and social media sites for additional updates, including resumption of classes and campus activities when recovery actions allow.

6 p.m. October 9, 2018

Hurricane Michael is gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Florida tonight. The cyclone should weaken significantly as it crosses the southeast before moving back over the Atlantic. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for coastal South Carolina from the Savannah River to the Santee River.

Currently, we expect the Charleston area to receive strong winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The storm may also include the threat of tornadoes and heavy rainfall through Friday morning. Ponding on roadways is possible, which could result in some road closures.

The Citadel’s emergency response team is in close contact with Charleston County and State emergency management officials as they monitor the storm. The Citadel will follow reporting instructions issued by Charleston County Emergency Management officials. The college will also continue to receive regular updates from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service in Charleston. At this time the college has not canceled classes, and Parent’s Day activities will continue as scheduled.

We will continue to prioritize the safety of faculty, staff and students, and announce and take appropriate actions as we receive storm updates. The college will provide updates as needed.

September 16, 2018

The Citadel’s emergency management team has completed an assessment of the campus to assure safe conditions for return to normal operations. Following coordination with state and county officials, The Citadel will have employees return to work on their normal schedule Monday September 17.

The Citadel will return to normal operations, including all classes, on Tuesday September 18. On Monday the barracks will be reopened to returning cadets starting at 1 p.m., with an accountability formation at 6 p.m. Supper will be available at Coward Hall for returning cadets.  Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Anyone traveling back to campus should closely monitor state and local channels and comply with official travel advisories. At this time several interstate highway routes through North Carolina are impacted by storm conditions. The latest travel advisories for North Carolina are available at the following website: https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims. Some local routes in South Carolina are also affected by storm conditions. The South Carolina Department of Transportation maintains a website with the latest information on route closures. You can find the latest information here: https://www.scdot.org/travel/travel-road.aspx.

Members of the Corps of Cadets with questions or travel considerations should contact their chain of command and their TAC officer. Faculty or staff members should communicate with their supervisors if they they are experiencing storm impacts that affect their return to work.

College officials are committed to ensuring a quality academic experience for all students this semester, despite the extended cancellation of classes. The Citadel’s faculty have begun planning to enable the achievement of course objectives and preparation for exams later this semester.

September 15, 2018

The Citadel campus remains closed today and all campus activities, including classes, sporting events, visits and meetings are canceled through Monday, September 17. Online classes continue as scheduled.

At this time, Citadel officials are planning a return to normal operations, including classes, on Tuesday September 18. As a state agency, The Citadel will continue to follow the delay and closing schedule of our Charleston County government. The college will continue to coordinate with state and Charleston County emergency response officials to provide updates.

Essential personnel should continue to report for work as required. College officials will continue consulting with state and local officials throughout the day, and will make adjustments to the return schedule for remaining employees based on assessment of conditions caused by the storm.

The Citadel is planning to reopen the barracks no earlier than Monday at 1 p.m., and will conduct an accountability formation for cadets at 6 p.m. Monday. This schedule is also subject to assessment of the campus and local officials’ assessment of travel conditions, and is to be used for planning purposes only. Further details and guidance will follow. Members of the Corps of Cadets with questions should contact their chain of command and their TAC officer.

College officials are committed to ensuring a quality academic experience for all students this semester, despite the extended cancellation of classes. The Citadel’s faculty have begun planning to enable the achievement of course objectives and preparation for exams later this semester.

September 14, 2018

Tropical Cyclone Florence made landfall overnight near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Most weather models predict the storm to move westward slowly with high winds, heavy rains and storm surges varying by proximity to the center of the storm. Charleston County remains under an evacuation order, and we are expected to receive tropical storm force winds and heavy rain starting later today and continuing into Saturday.

As a reminder, all campus activities, including sporting events, classes, meetings and visits are canceled until further notice. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Please continue to monitor The Citadel’s website, social media sites, and campus email for updates. Once we have more information about the impact of the storm, we will communicate instructions about campus reopening and reconstitution.

Noon September 11, 2018

Campus Community,

In accordance with Governor McMaster’s evacuation order for the coast and The Citadel’s emergency response procedures, the Corps of Cadets was released beginning at 5:30 a.m. today. At this time cadets, faculty and staff have all departed. Campus emergency officials are continuing actions to secure the campus and protect campus facilities and resources.

Cadets have been instructed to keep their families informed of their evacuation arrangements and location throughout the process.

As a reminder, all campus activities, including classes, meetings, visits and sporting events are canceled until further notice.

Hurricane Florence has gained considerable strength and presents a significant threat to coastal areas in South Carolina. Although most storm tracks are predicting landfall of the storm in North Carolina, the size and intensity of the storm may create dangerous conditions locally. Some weather models predict substantial rainfall locally, presenting the potential for flooding.

Please continue to monitor The Citadel’s website and social media sites for updates, including the resumption of classes and reopening of the college when post-storm recovery actions allow. We will continue our coordination with state and county emergency response officials and let the campus community know when it is safe to come back.

VR,

John Dorrian, Colonel, USAF (ret)
Vice President for Communications and Marketing

4 p.m. September 10, 2018 

The safety of our campus community is our primary concern, therefore the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will be released by 5:30 a.m. September 11. Once this order is given, every member of the Corps will depart the campus in an orderly fashion, in accordance with The Citadel’s hurricane evacuation plans.

  • All scheduled campus activities, including classes, sporting events meetings and campus visits are canceled starting September 11 until further notice.
  • All classes on the evening of Monday, Sept. 10, will meet as scheduled.
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.

The Commandant’s office designates a representative to account for and monitor the transportation and relocation of all cadets. Under this process, TAC Officers check tracking and accountability rosters to insure that all cadets are included and have a form of transportation out of the evacuation area. Cadets will be instructed to keep their families informed of their departure arrangements and their location throughout the evacuation process.

Faculty & staff members who are non-essential for securing the campus and taking campus closure or emergency actions will be released after their last scheduled duty today. Please continue to monitor our social media, website, and local news for updates.

Campus emergency response personnel will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as necessary. Once evacuation actions are complete, please continue to monitor The Citadel website and social media sites for additional updates, including resumption of classes and the reopening of the college when recovery actions allow. Our top priority at present is the safe evacuation of all members of our community. Cadets, students, faculty and staff should regularly check email, cell phones for updates.

8 p.m. September 9, 2018

Campus Community,

Tropical Cyclone Florence has reached hurricane strength.  According to the National Weather Service it is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane with sustained winds in excess of 110 miles per hour as it continues moving west northwest. Currently the storm is tracking north of our area, but it may still change direction. The storm is expected to make landfall Thursday evening or early Friday morning.  Citadel officials continue coordination with Charleston County and South Carolina emergency response officials, and will determine additional actions as more information about the status of the storm becomes available.

At this time, no campus activities have been canceled. We remain on our normal schedule.

8 a.m. September 9, 2018

Campus Community,

As of 0800 this morning, 9 September, Citadel officials have declared OPCON 3, a status consistent with Charleston County emergency response officials. We remain in contact with County, State and Federal agencies responsible for tracking the storm and taking actions to prepare for landfall. 

At this time, according to the National Weather Service, Tropical Cyclone Florence is expected to reach Hurricane strength on today and forecast to become a major hurricane by Monday morning as it moves to the west and west-northwest through the first part of this week. By Thursday afternoon, Florence is forecast to approach the Southeast coastline as a major hurricane. While the National Hurricane Center has shifted the track slightly to the north, the strength and track remain highly uncertain and further track shifts are possible. It remains too early to determine where along the Southeast Coast landfall is possible. The Citadel will continue to monitor the storm and maintain close contact with Charleston County and State officials.

At this time, there have been no cancellations of campus activities--the college remains on its normal schedule. 

If not already done, now would be an excellent time for members of our campus community to verify they have plenty of gas not only in vehicles, but gas for any generator equipment, plenty of water and money (cash).

After further consultations with county and state officials today, we will provide an update later this afternoon or early evening.

 

September 7, 2018

Campus Community,

Citadel officials participated this afternoon in a conference call with the Charleston County government to discuss the progress of Tropical Storm Florence. At the present time, Florence is a Tropical Storm that will be soon upgraded to Hurricane status. The storm track is not yet definitive, but according to the National Weather Service, the storm could potentially affect the East Coast. As of 5:00 p.m. today 7 September 2018, Charleston County moves to OPCON 4. In accordance with our normal procedures, The Citadel will follow suit. OPCON 4 requires all Citadel entities to review their response plans to ensure all necessary steps are in place in the event the storm begins moving more definitively in our direction.

Beyond college response procedures, this would be an excellent time to verify you have plenty of gas not only in your vehicles, but gas for any generator equipment, plenty of water and money (cash). You can find the Citadel’s Hurricane Response Plan at https://today.citadel.edu/bulldogalert/hurricane-information/ and the Quick Reference Guide at https://today.citadel.edu/bulldogalert/quick-reference-guide/.

As we obtain more information from Charleston County officials, we will make adjustments as required. In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with required actions and monitor campus email and social media.

 

The Corps of Cadets should follow the Commandant’s Operations Order: Exams, Winter Furlough, and Muster, dated 28 November 2017 for return to campus. The campus will reopen as planned following the Winter Furlough.

  • The Barracks will open at 1430 hrs.
  • The Barber Shop will be open for those cadets needing haircuts, 1400 to 1800 hours.  It will reopen at 0730 the following morning.
  • The Warehouse will be open from 1500 to 1800 hours.
  • Evening meal will be available for all cadets from 1700 to 1900 hours (cadets need to be in the appropriate uniform and properly groomed).
  • At 1815 hours, a muster formation will be conducted (Annex D, Muster Formation Procedures).
  • Cadets with travel issues should contact their cadet chain of command and their TAC officer to provide details of their situation. 
  • Most roads in Charleston are open. Main roads are passable, but many secondary roads still have snow or ice. Travelers should use good judgement and check local resources along their route for traffic updates. Real time information on South Carolina roads is available at the following link: http://www.scdps.gov/schp/webcad.asp

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