• Monitor local news and the DukeALERT website for information.
  • Make plans to evacuate if necessary. Plan out your routes and potential destinations in advance. If you decide to or are instructed to evacuate, it is best to do so as soon as possible.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is fully stocked and replenish any missing items. Your emergency kit should include one gallon of water per person for at least three days, a three-day supply of food, a battery or hand-crank radio, a flashlight, a basic first aid kit, personal sanitation supplies, personal medications, and backup batteries for cell phones.
  • Prepare your residence and place of work. Cover doors and windows with tape and plywood. Locate the safest area for you to ride out the storm, minimizing your exposure to windows and doors.


If there is currently a hurricane impacting Duke’s campus:

  • Do not report to work or remain at work if you are in a “delayed service” position and the severe weather and emergency conditions policy has been activated Only “essential service” staff should report or remain at work when the severe weather and emergency conditions policy is active.
  • Stay inside whenever possible.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater, as it may pose a health hazard. Do not drive through significant floodwaters.
  • If your building experiences a loss of power, use flashlights (not candles).


  • Continue to monitor local news and the DukeALERT website for the latest information.
  • If you evacuated the area, do not return until the storm has passed and other issues (such as major flooding) have subsided.
  • Use caution when walking around outside. Avoid floodwaters and downed power lines.

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