I want to thank everyone for the phone calls and emails to see how we are doing with our preparations for Hurricane Florence and for the offered assistance or just wanting us to know you were thinking of us. We have been working hard over the past 72 hours to implement our hurricane preparation plans and will have everything ready by end of the day today (Wednesday). Many of our incredible staff are not only preparing their human families for the storm, they are also prepping to be here around the clock starting tomorrow evening as the storm’s effects reach inland.
As with all severe weather events, we will keep a skeleton crew of animal care and veterinary staff along with our maintenance team on site until normal operations have resumed after the storm passes. As I write this email, the last of the lemurs still outside are being moved to indoor housing; our refrigerators are full of fresh produce - enough to last about a week if needed; and our dry storage areas are stocked with several weeks’ worth of primate chow. The university has been busy making sure our generators are fully prepped and fueled in the event we lose power. Please keep us in your thoughts over the weekend.
Again, my sincere thanks for your good wishes. Your support means everything to us.
For those of you affected by Florence, please stay safe.
Director of Operations and Interim Director of the Duke Lemur Center