LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2023) — University of Kentucky Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday sent the following message to UK employees Monday.
Recovery continues around Lexington and across the Commonwealth following the windstorm that swept through our region on Friday.
We know the aftermath has affected many in our community. And we want to make sure you are aware of many resources which may support you and our students during this challenging time.
On Friday, we activated emergency response protocols, closing much of campus early in advance of the storm and ensuring our critical operations such as dining halls and hospitals remained open.
We stayed in touch with units across campus throughout the weekend to assess the impact on our community and have been gathering reports from students and employees. Many of you remain without power or have damaged property from the record-setting winds.
Our Office for Student Success and Office of the Provost are communicating with all students, connecting them to resources and support. You can direct students to contact TRACS at 21-TRACS or here to explore a range of resources.
Resources are available for you, too.
We are asking all supervisors to offer flexibility when needed as staff may be dealing with power outages, property damage, school closings and other impacts. Talk with your supervisor about support you may need.
Employees also have access to apply for assistance through the C.R.I.S.I.S. (Crisis Relief in Situations Involving Staff and Faculty) Program. The program provides temporary financial assistance in the form of a one-time payment. Find out how to apply or donate to the fund here.
For other issues — such as reports of facility damage — please email email@example.com. Our Crisis Management and Preparedness and Facilities Management teams worked over the weekend to remove downed trees and begin repairs to damaged facilities and other impacted areas on campus. They continue to move quickly to finish repairs, most of which are minor.
Thank you for being a community that cares deeply for each other and the community we serve.
Eric N. Monday
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration