This page hosts archives of DukeALERT system activations. Each individual event below includes the text of DukeALERT messages sent during the event and a brief description of the incident. Where possible, information about an event's resolution is included.
Duke Officials began monitoring a storm system with the potential for tornadic activity and significant straight-line winds on April 12, 2020. At 5:00am on April 13, a tornado watch was issued for Durham extending through 12:00pm.
A DukeALERT was sent at 6:30am after the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning including Duke's main campus in Durham:
Tornado Warning Main Campus-Durham.
Seek safe location! Avoid windows/doors. Updates at http://emergency.duke.edu
A tornado has been sighted or radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation that can spawn a tornado in the area near Duke's main campus in Durham.
University officials advise all members of the Duke community to seek shelter immediately.
- If you are outside, seek shelter in a sturdy building immediately.
- If you are already inside, move to an interior room on the lowest floor.
- Avoid windows.
- If no shelter is available, lie down in a low-lying area.
- Protect yourself from flying debris.
The outdoor warning sirens were also activated.
A DukeALERT was sent at 7:15am after the National Weather Service's Tornado Warning expired:
The tornado warning for Durham has expired. A tornado watch remains in effect until noon. Monitor http://emergency.duke.edu for updates.
No signficant damage was reported on campus. A single tree fell on Campus Drive and was removed before noon.
Duke Officials began monitoring a forecast for snow on Duke's campus on February 19, 2020. By the afternoon of February 19, forecasts indicated that a mix of snow, sleet, and rain could produce icy conditions on roadways in the early morning.
A DukeALERT was sent at 7:35pm on Febraury 19 after Duke Officials decided to activate the Severe Weather Policy for 7:00am-10:00am on February 20:
The severe weather and emergency conditions policy for Duke University and Duke University Health System will be in effect Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classes that begin before 10 a.m. will be canceled. Essential staff should report to work or remain at work while the policy is in effect.
Duke Health has posted changes in operating hours to many clinics and other facilities. Visit the Duke Health website for details.
Snow is projected to continue end early Friday morning. Temperatures will drop below freezing after midnight, which could lead to icy patches on roads and walkways. Please plan ahead and allow extra time and use caution when traveling to and around campus during this time.
Crews will rope off most external stairs and steep inclines for safety, and members of the Duke community are encouraged to use the priority paths and entrances during severe weather, which may differ from normal routes of travel.
Crews will be on-site in the early morning hours Friday to address any problem areas as needed.
For more information about the severe weather and emergency conditions policy, visit the Human Resources website.
An update on campus service hours was posted at 8:41pm on February 19 on the DukeALERT website:
The following updates for campus operations and services are reported at this time:
- The Marketplace on East Campus will be open for breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Friday. Lunch and dinner hours are expected to be as scheduled. The latest hours for all campus eateries can be found here.
- At this time, Duke transit routes are operating as scheduled. Before heading out Friday morning, check TransLoc.
- Wilson and Brodie recreation centers will close at 11 p.m. Thursday night and will be open as scheduled on Friday. Visit the Duke Recreation website in the morning for any updates.
- Due to severe winter weather, many Duke Health clinics will delay their opening until 10 a.m. on Friday. All hospital-based clinics will operate on a normal schedule. Check a clinic here.
- All Duke Stores locations will open at 10 a.m. on Friday and resume regular operations.
Follow Working@Duke on Twitter for additional updates as they become available.
A DukeALERT was sent at 7:57am on February 20 announcing that Duke would resume normal operations at 10:00am:
Duke will return to normal operations at 10 a.m. today, and classes will resume as scheduled afterward.
Crews worked late into the evening and in the early morning hours to treat sidewalks and elevated surfaces with ice melt and campus roads with salt. Contact the Facilities Snow Desk at 919-660-4280 to report any problem areas that need attention.
Temperatures will remain below freezing through most of the morning, so icy patches could exist on area roads. The sun should help melt icy patches, but Duke community members are encouraged to plan ahead, allow extra time and use caution when traveling to and around campus this morning. Refer to the priority clearing map to determine the preferred paths of travel on campus this morning.
Parking garage entrances are in good shape, but the roofs will remain closed until later this morning to allow for melting of any remaining ice.
Buses and van routes are expected to be running on a normal frequency by 8 a.m. However, riders should continue to check Duke TransLoc before heading out Friday morning.
No signficant damage was reported on campus. Total snow accumulation was under 1 inch.
Duke Officials began monitoring a storm system with the potential for tornadic activity on February 6, 2020. A tornado watch was issued for Durham the morning of February 6, extending through 7:00pm.
A DukeALERT was sent at 12:55pm after the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Durham county that did not include Duke's main campus:
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in Durham County, but the warning area does not currently threaten Duke’s main campus. Officials are monitoring the storm closely and will send an update if conditions change.
If the warning area includes Duke’s main campus, the sirens will be activated and text and email notifications will direct individuals to seek shelter immediately.
Updates will be posted on the DukeALERT website: http://emergency.duke.edu
A DukeALERT was sent at 1:40pm after the National Weather Service's Tornado Warning expired:
The tornado warning has now expired, but a tornado watch for the areas remains in effect.
The storm could still generate strong winds, heavy rains, and the possibility of a tornado.
Updates will be posted on the DukeALERT website (http://emergency.duke.edu/) as needed.
If another tornado warning is issued, a DukeALERT email and text message will be sent. Sirens will only be activated if the warning area impacts Duke’s main campus, and members of the Duke community should then seek shelter immediately.
No tornados were sighted and no signficant damage was reported on campus.