Hurricane Ian Information & Updates

The Emergency Management team and MUSC and MUSC Health leadership teams continue to carefully monitor the path and potential impacts of Hurricane Ian. Current forecast for the Charleston area includes tropical storm force winds, substantial rains, a potential storm surge, and significant flooding especially in the downtown area.

A decision has been made to cease all non-emergency, non-essential/non-designated University ON-SITE activities beginning Thursday morning through Saturday noon.

Specific impacts to the University are as follows

Classes

Classes may be held remotely during the above timeframe at the discretion of the college/program. Additional information from your instructor/college will follow.

Clinical Rotations

Students on clinical rotations in the impacted area should follow the recommendation of their clinical sites and preceptors about reporting on Thursday and Friday.

Remote Work

All University employees who are able to work remotely on Thursday and Friday should plan to do so. This means faculty and staff in Charleston who have NOT been designated as essential employees for emergency management purposes, should work remotely Thursday and Friday. Managers and employees should be in communication about their plans and employees should communicate with their supervisors with any questions.

Student Support Services

The library will be closed all day Thursday through noon on Saturday. The Center for Academic Excellence, the Office of Student Health and CAPS will be working remotely to continue to support students during their normal operating hours.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and will re-open at noon Saturday if the flooding has subsided. Please check on the re-opening by calling the hotline at 843-792-1649.

For Patients & Visitors

Weather-related-operational changes to MUSC Health ambulatory and perioperative services in the Charleston area:

MUSC Health ambulatory clinics will be open for normal operations on Thursday, September 29. We will close ambulatory clinics on Friday, September 30 and plan to reopen on Saturday, October 1.

All pediatric after-hours locations will be open for normal operations on Thursday and will be closed on Friday.  They plan to re-open, normally on Saturday at noon.

Perioperative services will be operating under normal operations on Thursday.  The operating rooms will perform emergent and urgent procedures only on Friday, September 30.  Ambulatory surgery centers are closed on Friday.

Appointments scheduled for Friday, September 30, will be rescheduled. Patients will begin being contacted next week regarding rescheduling their appointments.

Visitation is limited to one visitor per patient for adult patients and two visitors for pediatric patients beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. This is for the safety of our patients and families, as travel conditions may deteriorate as the storm approaches.

Virtual urgent care will remain available throughout the storm.

MUSC dental clinics will be closed on Thurday, September 29 and Friday, September 30.

For Employees

If you are an employee who MUST be on campus Thursday or Friday, please review the following carefully:

Parking Update

As of now, all MUSC parking garage gates in downtown Charleston will be open from Thursday at noon through Friday so that those who must be on the Charleston campus may park in one of the garages for free. These will be open on a first-come, first-served basis. You should not park on the first floor of the garages or on the downtown streets due to the significant threat of flooding and potential damage to your vehicle.

For parking-related questions, please call the Office of Parking Management at 843-792-3665.

Identification

Be prepared to show your university ID and reason for being on campus.

Shuttle Buses

MUSC shuttle buses will not be running on Friday.

More Resources

MUSC Alerts (for MUSC students and employees)

MUSC Yammer Weather Updates 

City of Charleston Hurricane Info Web Page 

City of Charleston Storm Updates

CARTA website