Alerts

The College will reopen Wednesday 9/19 on a regular schedule. Returning to class may be the last thing on your mind for those of you who have lost everything, cannot make it home, or are still without power. Some of you may be overwhelmed at the extreme devastation to your community, loss of property, vehicles, etc. Please know that the entire BCCC family of students, faculty, and staff stands with you during this time. We understand that every student’s situation is unique and will work with you to support your return to class and your success.

Here are some general guidelines to consider with regards to resuming classes:

  • If you and your family had minimal or no impacts from the hurricane, the expectation is for you to attend class on a regular schedule. You will need to be here to take notes for your peers that can't. You may be the best liaisons for those unable to attend class because of hardship. Maybe you can reach out to a peer that needs a resource and provide it in their time of need?
  • If you had moderate impacts from the hurricane, the expectation is for you to take care of you and your family before returning. When you are capable of returning, do so, but not until you and your family are healthy and have a safe environment to live in. You will need to communicate with your peers to get notes and communicate with your faculty for guidance. If you fall into this category, the key will be communication. If you need help, please ask. We have resources to assist you; please contact me or another member of Student Services for guidance. BCCC Counselors are available to assist you with personal counseling, academic counseling, return to class, or any other counseling needs. You can reach our counselors by email, telephone, or in-person in Building 9:
  • If you had severe/catastrophic damage from the hurricane, please be proactive in reaching out to the resources available in your community: RedCross, FEMA, Salvation Army, your local church, etc. Seek the resources you need. This should be your only concern right now.

Again, faculty and staff will work with you during this trying time. We want to see you succeed!Therefore, prioritize your needs, take care of the things you can control, pray for the well-being of your peers, and the rest will fall in place.

With best regards and prayers for your safety and well-being,

Jay Sullivan, Ph.D.

Important Information

As you are probably aware, the current forecasts for Hurricane Florence indicates that our region has the potential to experience significant wind, rain, flooding, and damage. Please monitor email, College website, and local news outlets for additional details. BCCC recommends that all students take the appropriate precautions in preparation for landfall:

  • If you live in a low-lying area, be prepared to evacuate if directed by law enforcement or other first responders. If you plan to shelter in place, be sure to have adequate provisions (food, water, prescription medicines, etc.) to last for several days.
  • Sign up for BCCC emergency text alerts (NIXLE) on the police department home page (http://www.beaufortccc.edu/police/home). BCCC will use the NIXLE system to notify you of any changes to campus operations (closings and delays). BCCC will also use email, the website, social media, Blackboard, and local news outlets to communicate any closings, delays, or other important information. Please monitor these sources for updates.
  • We encourage all students to also sign up for Hyper-Reach. Hyper-Reach is used by Emergency Management in each of our four counties to notify residents of weather events and other emergencies. You can sign up for the service for the county of your residence using the links below:
  • Please exercise extreme caution if you must travel during hurricane conditions or areas damaged by winds or flooding. Do not drive across flooded roads or power lines and adhere to any curfews set by emergency management.
  • The designated evacuation shelter for Hyde County residents is Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Ln, Knightdale, NC 27545. This shelter is open to all Hyde County residents that wish to utilize it. The shelter will open on Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 pm. The shelter is pet friendly and equipped to handle animals. For those without a means to travel to safety, Hyde County is planning to offer transportation assistance and more information will be forthcoming. Officials are finalizing these plans and hope to release more details by Tuesday afternoon. If you have any questions regarding the evacuation or shelter, contact the Hyde County Emergency Operations Center at 252-926-3715.

We are still expecting Hurricane Florence to have winds of up to 140 mph before and upon landfall with sustained winds of 55 + mph. Tropical force winds will begin Wednesday night into Thursday morning steadily increasing in intensity. Storm surge for our rivers is expected to be between 6’ – 12’. Total rainfall for area is still projected to be 10” – 15”. In addition, there is a tornado threat for our county through the event.

Evacuation: Beaufort County is still under a voluntary evacuation of the entire county. In addition, Beaufort County is issuing a mandatory evacuation of all low lying and flood prone areas. These areas include all areas adjacent to waterways. We are expecting unprecedented flooding. Please make plans to evacuate these areas no later than sunset on Wednesday evening.

Shelter: Beaufort County will open a shelter at Washington High School beginning at noon on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Please remember, to bring necessities for several days stay.
Transportation to the Shelter: Beaufort County will be providing transportation to the Washington shelter according to the following information:
Belhaven Food Lion Parking Lot

  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 2:00 p.m. departure time
  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 5:00 p.m. departure time

Aurora Fire Department

  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 2:00 p.m. departure time
  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 5:00 p.m. departure time

Blount’s Creek Fire Department

  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 2:30 p.m. departure time
  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 5:30 p.m. departure time

Chocowinity Food Lion Parking Lot

  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 3:00 p.m. departure time
  • Wednesday 9/12/2018 6:00 p.m. departure time

Animals for Shelter Attendees:

Animals other than service animals are not allowed at the shelter nor on bus transportation. Shelter attendees with no other arrangement for animals may check their animal into the Beaufort County Animal Shelter. You must have a verification form provided by shelter staff to check your animal into the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.
Please remember that Hurricane Florence is a serious threat to our community. Please take every action available to keep yourself and your family safe.