Vice Chancellor for University Relations, 308.865.8529
STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE AFTER TORNADOS, CAMPUS CLOSED FRIDAY FOR CLEANUP AND DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
University of Nebraska at Kearney officials are asking that only essential personnel report to campus tomorrow (Friday, May 30) after tornados and high winds damaged the campus and the community Thursday night.
However, the Student Advising and Enrollment Sessions that are scheduled for Friday and Saturday will take place as planned. The Nebraskan Student Union building where the program takes place has already been assessed for damage and declared safe and accessible by university officials.
University leaders are asking that the public and all non-essential personnel not come to the campus Friday or over the weekend to conserve energy and because safety and facility personnel will need this time to fully assess the damage to buildings and grounds. The Child Development Center will also be closed.
According to UNK facilities management initial assessment, it appears that damage to buildings was largely confined to the roofs, with the College of Education building, the Fine Arts building, Founders Hall and Mantor Hall apparently sustaining the most damage. Extensive tree damage was also apparent across campus.
Students in residence halls were gathered in the basement of Randall Hall during the storm. All students and other personnel who work and live on campus have been accounted for and no one was injured in the storm.
For further information:
Curtis (Curt) K. Carlson
Vice Chancellor for University Relations
University of Nebraska at Kearney
1000 Founders Hall
Kearney, Nebraska 68849