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Campus Status and Emergency Preparedness

Campus Status and Emergency Preparedness

Current Status: - The campus is open under normal operations.

(Aug 30, 2017--5:00 p.m.) The McNeese campus will re-open at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 and all classes beginning at 9:30 a.m. or later will be held as scheduled. 

Employees with hardships that prevent them from reporting to work should contact their supervisor. 

Students with hardships that prevent them from attending classes should contact individual faculty or Dr. Chris Thomas, Assistant Vice President for University Services, at thomas@mcneese.edu


(August 29, 2017--11:45 a.m.) The McNeese campus will remain closed Wednesday, Aug. 30 and classes are canceled, due to the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Harvey in Cameron Parish. There is a continuing threat of heavy rain and flooding in Southwest Louisiana through Wednesday. 

McNeese offices will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, and 9:30 a.m. classes will be held as scheduled. 

Employees with hardships that prevent them from reporting to work should contact their supervisor. 

Students with hardships that prevent them from attending classes should contact individual faculty or Dr. Chris Thomas, Assistant Vice President for University Services, at thomas@mcneese.edu

Employees and students should closely monitor local media now through Wednesday for local weather conditions. 

Any new campus updates will be posted on the McNeese website, official social media channels, KBYS 88.3 FM and kbys.fm


(August 28, 2017--11:45 a.m.) The McNeese Emergency Preparedness Team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Harvey and local weather conditions. After reviewing the National Weather Service Briefing this morning, there is a continuing threat of heavy rain and flooding in Southwest Louisiana. The campus will remain closed through Tuesday, Aug. 29 with all classes canceled. 

The EPT will meet again Tuesday morning to determine the status of the campus for Wednesday, Aug. 30. 

Students and employees should continue to monitor the McNeese website and official social media channels for campus updates. KBYS 88.3 FM and kbys.fm will also announce campus updates.

For more information on the storm, monitor local media and visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov


(August 27, 2017--5:30 p.m.) The McNeese Emergency Preparedness Team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Harvey and local weather conditions. A decision about Tuesday classes will made after the National Weather Service Briefing at 10:30 a.m. Monday. 

Students and employees should continue to monitor the McNeese website and official social media channels for campus updates. KBYS 88.3 FM and kbys.fm will also announce campus updates.


(August 25, 2017--2:50 p.m.) The National Weather Service in Lake Charles reports that Hurricane Harvey has strengthened, the probability of sustained rain in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas has increased.

Students and employees should continue to monitor the McNeese website and official social media channels for campus updates. KBYS 88.3 FM and kbys.fm will also announce campus updates throughout the weekend.

For more information on the storm monitor local media and visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Announcements about any additional campus closures will be sent through Everbridge, our emergency notification system.



(August 25, 2017--11:00 a.m.) Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall in south Texas either late Friday night or early Saturday morning as a Category 3 storm. We are not expecting high winds in our area but we are facing the potential of protracted heavy rainfall and possible storm surge. Current predictions are that the storm may turn eastward after making landfall. In that scenario, we are looking at even greater chances of flooding. Given the unusually high amount of rainfall we have experienced recently, even moderate winds may be enough to uproot trees and that will increase the chance of localized power outages.

The current plan is for our Emergency Response Team to meet again early Sunday morning to assess the situation. No closure dates are currently established, but there is a strong possibility that we will close the university Monday, and perhaps extend this closure until Wednesday or even Thursday of next week.

Take precautions before you leave campus today for a possible closure on Monday. Move computers and electronics off floors and unplug them. Take any personal belongings with you that you may need if you cannot return to your office for one or more days. Make sure that all windows are closed and locked.

Students and employees should continue to monitor the McNeese website and official social media channels for campus updates. KBYS 88.3 FM and kbys.fm will also announce campus updates throughout the weekend.

For more information on the storm monitor local media and visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

You will also be notified via Everbridge, our emergency notification system, in the event of a campus closure announcement.



(August 24, 2017--1:28 p.m.) McNeese officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey. Classes and activities scheduled for Friday, August 25, will be held as planned. The Emergency Preparedness Team will continue to monitor the storm and take additional action if necessary. While this storm is not expected to make landfall in Southwest Louisiana, several days of heavy rainfall and flooding is predicted for our area. Students and employees should continue to monitor this website and official social media channels for campus updates.


For more information on the storm visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/


(August 23, 2017--3:26 p.m.) The McNeese Emergency Team (MET) is closely monitoring the status of Tropical Depression Harvey as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Conditions are favorable for this storm to intensify as it moves toward the central Texas coastline. Currently, landfall is expected Friday evening but this could change over the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service is predicting that this storm will bring several days of heavy rain to Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

Employees and students are asked to monitor the McNeese webpage and McNeese social media channels for official updates.

For more information on the storm visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/


Crisis and Emergency Communication

The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is important and the University will provide current information about any situation that impacts the campus as soon as it is available using a combination of the following methods:
  • Web (Home page, Portal, Moodle)
  • E-mail: Broadcast message to campus e-mail addresses
  • Text Messaging: Broadcast message to cell phones of students, faculty and staff (Everbridge)
  • Outdoor Public Address System: Broadcast message to outdoor public areas, parking lots and parking garage
  • Campus Information Line (475-5000)
  • 1-800-622-3352

McNeese State University has an agreement with Everbridge to deliver emergency information by SMS text, voice and/or email messages. McNeese will use the Everbridge System to provide information and directions related to significant events that pose a threat to the campus community.
All students and employees official McNeese email addresses are automatically registered with Everbridge. Cell phone, landline phone numbers and alternative email addresses entered in the Banner System are also registered with Everbridge.
To view or change phone numbers and alternative email addresses, go to the MyMcNeese Portal and click on the “Self Service Banner” tab at the top then click on “Personal Information” Updates to Banner are sent to Everbridge daily.
McNeese Emergency Teams and Phases of OperationPDF

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Local Radio Stations and Frequencies
JKEF - Jennings Radio 1290 AM
KLCL Radio 1470 AM
KYKZ Radio 96.1 FM
Rock 101 Radio 101.3 FM
Jack FM Radio 103.3 FM
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KAOK Radio 1400 AM
KZWA Radio 104.9 FM