UNIVERSITY’S TEMPORARY CLOSURE AND PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE IRMA
6th September 2017
Please be advised that as a result of the threat of Hurricane Irma, ALL University of The Bahamas campuses will close effective 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, 6th September 2017 (today) and will remain closed until further notice. This includes the Oakes Field Campus including Chapter One Bookstore and the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre; the Grosvenor Close Centre on Shirley Street; University of The Bahamas-North in Grand Bahama and the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador.
The University’s Emergency Response Team has already activated the necessary precautions and preparations for Hurricane Irma, a powerful, category 5 storm with winds of approximately 185 mph, according to the latest alert from the Bahamas Department of Meteorology.
In anticipation of the storm, the Physical Plant Department is installing shutters, completing the trimming of trees and collecting and positioning sandbags. Custodians have already begun distributing to all departments and academic units plastic sheeting to protect computers and other sensitive electronic equipment. Area managers are urged to assist with additional preparations and preventative measures.
The University’s Command Centre is located in the Office of Campus Security on the ground floor of the Keva M. Bethel Building at the Oakes Field Campus. The telephone numbers for the helpdesk are: (242) 325-7391, (242) 325-6303, (242) 323-8972 and (242) 356-0241.
Faculty, staff and students are urged to closely monitor the University’s Severe Weather webpage accessible via www.ub.edu.bs, official emails and UB’s official social media pages (on Facebook and Instagram) to keep abreast of our hurricane preparations and announcements regarding the resumption of operations. These announcements will also be communicated in the news media.
As Hurricane Irma is a potentially catastrophic storm, please also closely monitor the advisories and instructions issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and the National Emergency Management Agency.