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New Orleans Seminary evacuates
Gary Myers and Michael McCormack
August 30, 2008

New Orleans Seminary evacuates

New Orleans Seminary evacuates
Gary Myers and Michael McCormack
August 30, 2008

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President

Chuck Kelley called for a mandatory evacuation of the main campus due

to Tropical Storm Gustav. The evacuation began Aug. 29 and

was to continue through Aug. 30.

This

is the first evacuation of New Orleans Seminary since the approach of

Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 -– three years

ago to the day of the evacuation announcement.

Seminary offices

were to close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29. All seminary residents are expected

to evacuate the main campus by noon Aug. 30. Students are encouraged to

frequently check the seminary’s website, www.nobts.edu, for changes or

updates to the evacuation and return schedule.

Kelley cited the

unpredictable nature of Gustav as the primary reason he called for the

early evacuation. Safety of the seminary family, Kelley said, is his

first priority.

“The movements of Tropical Storm Gustav are

still undefined, and the forecasters do not know where it’s going to

make landfall,” Kelley said. “However, indications are that it could be

somewhere in the New Orleans area, so we are moving ahead with plans to

evacuate our campus and keep our campus family safe.

“We do not anticipate a major disruption of classes. We believe that by Thursday we will be back to normal.”

While the campus is closed, classes will continue via the seminary’s Blackboard system (an online learning tool).

“I

want to emphasize that we are going to keep teaching. We learned in our

Hurricane Katrina experience that we are able to continue teaching our

classes even without our campus if we need to,” Kelley said. “We will

be shifting our students onto our Blackboard and Internet system and

will continue to teach.”