Noon update: 


Hurricane Irene: Monday status report: University, Extension facilities closed due to loss of power

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 29 -- 8 a.m. update:

  • Damage to university facilities should first be reported to Risk Management (540-231-7439) and Facilities Services (540-231-4300,
  • Virginia Tech students, staff, and faculty may now receive VT Phone Alerts messages and university ( e-mail notifications specifically targeted to university facilities in six key regions across Virginia — National Capital Region, Abingdon, Danville, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke — as well as the Blacksburg campus. To receive emergency messages specifically directed to those in specific regions, students, faculty, and staff must either sign up for VT Phone Alerts, or update their current VT Phone Alerts record. Visit the VT Alerts website and click on the “Manage Your Account” link.

  • The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center will be closed Monday, Aug. 29 due to loss of power.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extention Petersburg Office is closed Monday, Aug. 29 due to loss of power.

10 a.m. update:

Noon update:


Hurricane Irene update: University, Extension facilities to close early Friday

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 26 -- Noon update: 

2 p.m. update:

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Virginia Tech community advised to stay informed, prepared

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 25, 2011 - Hurricane Irene is projected to impact the southeastern United States coastline this weekend. Current forecast models indicate Irene will pass over or near the eastern coast of North Carolina and Virginia Saturday afternoon into Sunday, bringing sustained high winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding.

Virginia Tech has a number of research and teaching facilities in the Hampton Roads, Richmond, and National Capital Region areas that may be affected by the storm. While Irene is still a few days out, people in those areas along and east of Interstate 95 should closely monitor local media and the National Weather Service for the latest updates.

The season’s first hurricane should serve as a reminder to the entire Virginia Tech community to review and assess their personal preparedness and emergency plans. The Office of Emergency Management recommends that you:

Stay tuned to local media for storm information.

  • Follow directions issued by local authorities. If you are along the coast, know the evacuation routes.
  • Top off your car’s gas tank.
  • Fully charge your cell phone.
  • Have cash available for emergencies.
  • Inventory your family emergency kit. Read more on what should be in a family emergency kit.
  • Make sure to have prescriptions filled; necessary items for elderly, babies, and children; and provisions for pets.

For more information, please email the Office of Emergency Management, or call (540) 231-2438, or visit the following sites:

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