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    Hurricane Maria

    Hi everyone,

    I graduated from Ross and was wondering what are they doing on the island in regards to Maria? Did they evacuate all the students there?

    The weather channel said it will be a devastating hit.

    Stay safe everyone.

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    Hurricane Maria update

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    Latest update on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica:

    "Our update for this morning is one of continued but slow improvement on island. We are now able to confirm the safety of more than 1,000 Ross Med students, and active outreach is underway to confirm the safety of those who have not yet checked in with campus. Road conditions are slightly better and allow for increased access to residential areas further away from campus today. In addition to the campus leadership who have been conducting this in-person outreach, we are also bringing a team of security professionals to the island who will notably increase those outreach efforts today.

    Progress is also being made in terms of communication with those on Dominica, as some Ham radio and cell service is now supplementing our satellite phones, and our efforts are underway to reestablish internet service, as well.

    The campus remains adequately supplied with food, water and power.

    Evacuation efforts continue to be challenged by rough seas and uncertain conditions of the ports. We have a number of boats headed toward Dominica to be in position for possible evacuation tomorrow or as soon as possible thereafter. Even when conditions allow, it will take several days and several rounds of these boat trips to provide transport for all students and faculty who wish to leave Dominica. We will not stop the evacuation efforts until everyone who wants and needs to leave the island is taken care of. We will prioritize evacuation so that children and anyone needing special attention are on the first boats out.

    The airport, which is very small and unable to accommodate a typical commercial aircraft at any time, remains damaged and closed.

    All evacuees will be brought to St. Lucia overnight and as soon as possible thereafter will be flown to the US mainland, with the goal to then provide them each with a flight home from there. We are finalizing details for that process and will share them when they are in place.

    Our teams both on island and on the mainland remain firmly dedicated to the safety of all those in the Ross Med family on Dominica and will keep you updated as the situation progresses."
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    Hurricane Maria updates from Ross University School of Medicine:

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    First Boat Evacuations Confirmed, More Students, Faculty, and Colleagues Checked-In to Campus
    We have confirmed the first boats have left Dominica this morning at 10:30 a.m. ET to evacuate the first group of more than 140 students and colleagues. Depending on sea conditions, the trip is expected to take between five to eight hours to arrive at St. Lucia as a stopover departure point to the US mainland.

    A cruise ship that accommodates 305 passengers is scheduled to arrive in Dominica and board more of our evacuees later this evening. We will confirm today once the ship has left Dominica. Ground transportation, lodging in St. Lucia, and flight arrangements to South Florida have been arranged.

    Please know we have a team in St. Lucia who will be able to assist students and colleagues in making contact with their loved ones as they reach the island. We will also provide additional information on timing of evacuation to Florida. Flights are planned to begin tomorrow, Sat., September 23.

    The US Department of State also announced evacuations for Americans and service animals. However, in order to ensure the evacuation of our Ross community members as quickly and safely as possible we are continuing with our own evacuation plans that will provide adequate capacity for all Ross community members who wish to leave the island to be evacuated in the next several days. We continue to share and coordinate our evacuation plans with the US Department of State.

    Another campus-wide check-in and meeting was conducted yesterday that resulted in additional registration of our students and colleagues. We continue the rigorous verification process and subsequent alerts to listed emergency contacts. We underscore our commitment to confirming the status of all students, faculty, and colleagues and are for now focused on their safety while evacuating all who choose to leave.
    More updates will follow as we make progress.
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    We have received word from our evacuation boats that the ocean water is still rough as a result of Hurricane Maria. We anticipated this might be the case and have taken precautions, including providing all passengers with Dramamine and working with our captains to travel at a slower speed to limit the discomfort as much as possible. We’re committed to communicating once we know the boats have arrived safely, and our Ross family continues to pray for a safe evacuation for all.
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    The boat evacuations are underway and more than 200 students and colleagues are en route to St. Lucia. The boats that left this morning are expected to return for additional evacuations tomorrow. Throughout the weekend, multiple boat evacuations will be coordinated daily. We are grateful to the Ross Med community for their remarkable patience, courage and strength under extraordinary circumstances.
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    What do you think the future will be for Ross? Do you believe that they will continue incoming classes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsleMd View Post
    What do you think the future will be for Ross? Do you believe that they will continue incoming classes?
    I'm not sure if you're asking this question was addressed to me in particular or if you were just posting the question in general. As a Site Administrator, I rarely provide opinions about schools. Rather, the Site Admins are tasked with helping others to share information with each other.

    With that said, Ross University's parent company, DeVry University, has some deep pockets and is well invested in Ross' success. I'm sure they will communicate their campus operational plans to the public once they complete the current search/rescue/recovery/evacuation efforts at hand.
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    Thank you, it was just a general question open for anyone to answer.

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    More Hurricane Maria updates from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica:

    1.
    The US military has arrived to campus to provide support to our boat evacuations to St. Lucia. We are continuing our evacuation as planned, including the transport of students and colleagues who are non-US citizens and those with pets.

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    Thirty Ross Med evacuees have arrived to St. Lucia. The additional boats that departed today are expected over the next few hours. Evacuations will resume tomorrow, including the cruise ship that holds more than 300 passengers.

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    We’re pleased to report more progress from Dominica and look forward to continued evacuations. We expect to use four boats throughout the day and move more than 450 students, faculty, and staff, and their families and pets today. All of them will travel to St. Lucia for a short stay to receive lodging, food, medical and veterinary care, then will take a charter flight to southern Florida. From the US mainland, they can depart by commercial flights to their chosen destination.

    We are grateful that yesterday the US military provided helicopter evacuation to a number of members of the RUSM community. The helicopters landed at the Campus to evacuate those Americans in need of more urgent medical attention. We are told that more evacuations from Dominica can occur by US military helicopter and plane, but this group will be dropped off at Martinique or another Caribbean island instead. All RUSM medical students, faculty, and staff can choose to use today’s military departure. However, we strongly encourage our RUSM group to continue to evacuate Dominica using our boats, since we are not able to support further transport to the US from Martinique. All RUSM community members have been made aware of this large distinction between drop off points.
    These last few days have seen accelerating progress in the RUSM community regaining control of their lives. We are in now in contact with over 1,200 students and faculty. Only a handful have yet to check in with us as our evacuation proceeds.

    Again, thank you for your continued patience, support and good wishes.

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    Ross Med families, we ask that you please refrain from traveling to meet your student in St. Lucia. We fully understand the desire to reunite with your loved ones as soon as possible, but there are very limited resources on St. Lucia, few to no hotels rooms at any time and the island is being used as a staging area for hurricane evacuees by multiple groups and organizations. We are working hard to move our evacuees off St. Lucia as quickly as possible and schedules for those flights to Miami are fluid. Our strong recommendation is that family reunions take place on the mainland, and we very much appreciate your patience and understanding. Our teams are working diligently to move everyone safely and as quickly as possible.
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    Hurricane recovery updates by Ross University School of Medicine:

    1.
    The RUSM Campus Evacuation Completed - More Than 1,300 People

    RUSM has completed the evacuation of more than 1,300 students, faculty, colleagues and their families off of Dominica. All RUSM registered students as well as colleagues who desired to leave Dominica began boat evacuations on Friday, Sept. 22 to an island in the region for overnight accommodations. In most cases, the remainder of each person’s evacuation was completed in two additional days - an evening flight to Miami followed by a day trip home.

    We are extremely inspired by the bravery and determination of our community. There will be no instruction for the next two weeks, and details about continuation of classes will be provided soon.

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    The Dominica Campus is Currently Closed

    Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the RUSM campus in Dominica is currently closed. Daily campus maintenance is being managed by our facilities personnel. Meanwhile, all academic instruction, social events and recreational activities have been paused.

    We are currently working to reestablish our medical sciences course of instruction. Further information will be available as soon as possible. Our aim is for RUSM students to continue to receive a high quality medical education with as little disruption as feasible to the timeline to complete their studies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Hurricane recovery updates by Ross University School of Medicine:

    1.
    The RUSM Campus Evacuation Completed - More Than 1,300 People

    RUSM has completed the evacuation of more than 1,300 students, faculty, colleagues and their families off of Dominica. All RUSM registered students as well as colleagues who desired to leave Dominica began boat evacuations on Friday, Sept. 22 to an island in the region for overnight accommodations. In most cases, the remainder of each person’s evacuation was completed in two additional days - an evening flight to Miami followed by a day trip home.

    We are extremely inspired by the bravery and determination of our community. There will be no instruction for the next two weeks, and details about continuation of classes will be provided soon.

    2.
    The Dominica Campus is Currently Closed

    Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the RUSM campus in Dominica is currently closed. Daily campus maintenance is being managed by our facilities personnel. Meanwhile, all academic instruction, social events and recreational activities have been paused.

    We are currently working to reestablish our medical sciences course of instruction. Further information will be available as soon as possible. Our aim is for RUSM students to continue to receive a high quality medical education with as little disruption as feasible to the timeline to complete their studies.
    Sadly I don’t see Ross being able to go back for at least 6 months unless the power and water are fixed before that. The pictures out of Dominica are terrible.
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    Dont worry about ross
    they will soon find another island where the corrupt politicians who lead cash strapped economies will welcome them to get some long term tourists
    i can just see them in barbados, where they will ask the guvment to let them take over the premises at harrison college or queen's college or the priests at codrington college in return for distribution of free medical care and medicine..............even though this wa implemented in barbados as long as september 1985

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    It seems that the history of Ross in Dominica will be framed by two hurricanes
    Initial classes at Ross were held in a small hotel outside of Roseau
    This hotel was destroyed by the ravages of the hurricane of 1979........whose name can not be called here as it will be deleted
    The hurricane of 2017 will probably end the stay of Ross in Portsmouth Dominica.
    I do not care about Ross, or any loss to its owners ..........but I do care for the loss of livelihoods to the people of Portsmouth in particular, and Dominica in general derived from the presence of the long term tourists there

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