A Message to the Davidson Community About Hurricane Michael

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Safety Notice

Oct. 11, 2:45 p.m.: You can go outside if necessary. Please continue to use caution. Keep your time outdoors to a minimum.

Current projections show Hurricane Michael, or what would remain of it, moving through our area on Thursday. Similar to Hurricane Florence a month ago, the storm is not expected to be a hurricane when it reaches North Carolina. However, it will bring heavy rain and powerful winds that could create dangerous conditions.

In the event that the campus were to lose power, please follow this guidance:

  • Students should take shelter in your residence hall, and you will be notified if you need to move to an alternative location.
  • Meals will be served only in Vail Commons, as it has generator power for food preparation.
  • Students should NOT use candles in your room. Residence hall rules prohibit open flames. Please use flashlights or the flashlight app on your phone.
  • Access to residence halls from outside likely will be limited to a single entry, due to the electronic locks. Follow the directions of RLO staff members.

If you observe any dangerous or damaging conditions, such as flooding or downed power lines, please contact campus police at 704-609-0344.


  • Any decision about cancelling classes will be communicated through email, social media and posted on both Inside Davidson and the college's homepage.
  • Any emergency alerts will be sent through the campus SSAFER system via cell phone, text and email.
  • Alerts also will be posted to the college's homepage and social media channels.
  • Be smart about what you do and where you go.
  • Prospective students and families in affected areas may contact the Admission and Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns related to the application process, access to information and travel.

You can follow the track of the storm and get updates directly from the National Hurricane Center and from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety on campus. If you are curious about what conditions are like right now on campus, take a look at our newly installed ‘Cats Cam.

In the meantime, we will keep the people on the Gulf Coast in our thoughts as they face a powerful storm and begin a long recovery.


  • October 10, 2018