Information for Parents

October 1, 2015

Dear Parents:

In consideration of the safety and welfare of the Hampton University community and all parents who planned to travel to campus this weekend, Hampton University has made the decision to postpone Parents' Weekend until further notice. This decision is based upon the weather conditions associated with Hurricane Joaquin.

The weather report for this weekend predicts high tides, lots of rain and moderate wind speeds. Hampton University is surrounded by water on three-sides and sits below sea-level. Therefore, the tides are the main issue. Tides will be within half a foot of Sandy levels which peaked at about 4 feet above normal. Accumulation of rain is expected to be 3 to 5 inches.

With the high tides and rainfall projections, these water levels can cause flooding in low lying parts of the campus. Hampton University's Administration will continue to monitor the weather and has an emergency preparedness plan in place should flooding occur. The university also has an emergency notification system, Everbridge. Remind your student to sign up to be notified of all emergencies. For those who did not sign up previously, another invitation will be sent to them this evening to ensure that they are notified in case of an emergency. Contact information for parents may be added so that parents are also notified of emergencies and inclement weather.

The Hampton University community will be updated on the weather periodically via email on the university's homepage. You may also track the status of Hurricane Joaquin by visiting the National Weather Service website at

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and your family. The Hampton University Family looks forward to seeing you at "Our Home by the Sea" in the near future.


Dr. Barbara L. Inman

Vice President of Administrative Services

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