ALERT: Tropical Storm Ian Advisory & Preparations

Update: Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 3 p.m.

Tropical Storm Ian is expected to affect North Carolina and South Carolina over the next few days, based on National Weather Service predictions. While the exact impact is not yet known for our area, Ian is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the Carolinas over the next few days.

Based on current predictions, we have decided to close the Columbia campus on Friday, Sept. 30. There will be no in-person classes and administrative offices will be closed. Deans and faculty will be in touch about alternative class plans.

At this time, there is no change to university operations on the Hickory or Asheville campuses. They will be open and classes will run as scheduled.

Should conditions change, we will communicate information on, as well as through email, University social media, and Rave Alert, our emergency notification system. Please take this opportunity to ensure your information is updated in Rave using the directions below.

In preparation for any possible weather emergency, please consider the following:

  • Make sure all of your devices are fully charged, in the event of a power outage.
  • Follow weather conditions using the app or online site of your choosing.
  • If you are commuting long distances to your campus, be sure to check safety conditions close to home. If weather conditions near your home differ from campus, follow safety recommendations where you are and alert your professors or supervisors.

Rave Alert Directions

Our emergency notification system is Rave Alert. In order to verify and update your information, please log into the system at using your existing LR username and password and this should take you to your user page. Your LR email should already be in the system. You can add any phone numbers and email addresses to which you would like to receive emergency messages. Once you have entered your phone numbers you can click on the TEST tab to verify that the system is working for your numbers.

This is our primary means to send emergency messages, so we recommend that you update and verify your information as soon as possible.  You can also log-in as often as you need to, to update or verify your information.  If the system does not allow you to log-in, please contact either Norris Yoder ( or Larry Waters ( or call the Hickory campus Office of Public Safety at 828.328.7146.