Severe Weather Policy Extended to 7 p.m. Thursday

 January 17, 2018

TO:  Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:  Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President of Administration, Emergency Coordinator
RE:  Severe Weather Policy Extended to 7 p.m. Thursday

The severe weather and emergency conditions policy has been extended to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 and all classes will be canceled.

All PDC off-site clinics will be closed on Thursday.

Duke University Hospital Clinics: Most DUH clinics will be closed all day Thursday; however, the following critical ambulatory services will remain open:


  • All Cancer Center Clinics/locations and supporting operations will be open

Duke South

  • Clinic 1D: Lab / Phlebotomy
  • Clinic 2A: Infusion / Sickle Cell Day Hospital
  • Clinic 2D: PAT at Duke South
  • Clinic 2H: Endoscopy / bronchoscopy
  • Clinic 2J: Manometry lab
  • Clinic 2N: Apheresis

Children’s Offsite

  • Valvano Day Hospital

DMP – Endo / Bronch

Urgent Patient Access
Duke South Clinic 2B/2C will remain open and will be the designated location for those physicians that need to see urgent patients, regardless of their regular, scheduled location. This will be for adult patients only. Providers requesting to see patients in 2B/2C must coordinate staffing with their clinic leadership.

Duke Regional Hospital: DRH Cancer Services will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Duke Raleigh Hospital: All Wake County Cancer clinics will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Duke Primary Care continuity clinics will be closed.

Duke Urgent Care clinic physicians and staff will be contacted by their clinic administration team for instructions about hours of operation as we will work to open selected urgent care sites to provided access for ill patients in need of services.

Snow accumulations Wednesday afternoon were estimated at 5 to 6 inches with higher accumulation in outlying areas. The snow is expected to taper off this evening, but temperatures tonight will be cold, falling into the 10 to 15-degrees range. 

About 300 staff in “Essential Service” positions will be put up overnight onsite to help continue essential operations Wednesday night and Thursdays since local hotels are full. Crews are working diligently to clear and treat all priority parking lots and sidewalks before temperatures drop.

Busing service was discontinued at 4 p.m. To ensure its ability to care for patients, Duke Hospital will provide transportation services via the Snow Desk to employees whose positions are designated essential to continued operations. Gates arms at parking areas remain open.

Members of the Duke community should use priority snow/ice clearing routes to travel to and from campus buildings during winter weather since normal routes may not be clear of ice. For updates on transit routes and parking facilities, monitor the DukeALERT website for the latest changes and modifications.

Thank you for keeping your staff informed and for helping maintain essential operations during this time.