By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida A&M University has announced plans to reopen and resume classes on Monday, October 15, following Hurricane Michael.
FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson says the main campus and satellite campuses all have full power and emergency responders are assessing the property and buildings. There are downed trees and fences, debris and minor property damage.
Officials say about half of students who live in residence halls left before the storm, and about 1,200 stayed in their rooms.
The main dining hall has resumed brunch service and will also be open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be continuous service from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. until Sunday. All campus dining facilities will resume normal hours of operation Monday.
The university’s shuttle service is also available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will pick up and drop off students every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.
Boxed meals, snacks and water were provided to students and visitors who spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the shelters in the Band Rehearsal Hall and Tookes Recreation Center, which have since been closed.
The Florida National Guard and first responders are using the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center for a staging area. They have been dispatched to areas affected by Hurricane Michael and are assisting with restoring power, security and other logistics.
University officials say the University Emergency Response Team is holding conference calls twice daily and will continue to post updates on FAMU’s official social media channels, FAMUInfo, FAMUNews.com, FAMU mobile app and iStrike. Students are being asked to share these updates with parents and family and friends. Anyone in need of additional information is asked to call FAMU’s Public Safety and Security Office at 850-599-3256.
President Robinson said, "I would like to extend special thanks to everyone who worked continuously to serve our campus community and provide excellent support before, during and after the storm. Please keep those affected by the hurricane in your thoughts and prayers and help them as much as you can. While the storm has passed, please adhere to safety instructions provided by emergency authorities and government agencies. For those traveling to Tallahassee, please check local and state road conditions and monitor weather reports."