The remnants of Hurricane Ian are predicted to bring heavy rains and occasional gusty winds to our area beginning Friday afternoon and through the weekend. As it stands now, Fork Union is expected only to receive additional rains and winds similar to those experienced with our usual powerful summer thunderstorms.
Over the past century, Fork Union Military Academy has dealt with many such storms and our staff and faculty are well-drilled in dealing with the worst that Mother Nature can dish out. Fork Union is not located within a hurricane or evacuation zone and is not in a flood plain or low-lying area. The primary problems experienced on campus with such storms is loss of power due to high winds and heavy rains.
The campus has onsite generators to keep electricity flowing to critical infrastructure, and maintenance staff keep a close eye on tree limbs that need to be removed and other potential hazards in advance of predicted high winds. Jacobson Hall, our barracks facility, was constructed with a building generator capable of powering the entire building, with full service to the first floor and all bathroom facilities, and emergency lighting and service to the upper floors.