Hurricane Watch Advisory

September 23, 2020 — All NSCAD campuses are open and back to normal operating hours. Access to any campus at any time still requires authorization through a request submitted via the Campus Access Authorization form at

September 22, 2020 — The health and safety of students, staff and faculty, and the public are NSCAD University’s first priority.

We have closed all campus buildings until noon, September 23 when transit services are expected to return after the tropical storm passes. With the university fully engaged in online learning and working, all online classes and operations will continue unless you are advised otherwise.

If you cannot work remotely during this time, please contact your manager directly at your earliest convenience.

We will continue to update you on the buildings’ status through email,, @NSCADUniversity@NSCAD and nscaduniversity, and through NSCAD Mobile.

September 21, 2020 — While Hurricane Teddy is expected to transition into a post-tropical storm by the time it makes landfall in Nova Scotia, it will still bring strong winds (gusts between 80-100 km/h), heavy rain (50-100 mm) and heavy, pounding surf to coastal regions starting noon Tuesday into Tuesday night.

Environment Canada has issued a storm surge warning during high tide on the Southwest Shore for Tuesday morning and Tuesday evening, and during high tide on the Eastern Shore Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. During these times, there is a risk of very large waves, rough and pounding surf, rip currents and ocean over-wash onto coastal roadways. Please avoid beaches and coastlines wherever possible

Please ensure you are ready for power outages and other service disruptions by reviewing the municipality’s emergency preparedness checklist and taking action as appropriate. Other preparations to reduce safety risks can be found at

If you haven’t done so already, download the NSCAD Mobile app  and please ensure the app is set to receive notifications by selecting ‘About / Preferences’ on the home screen, selecting ‘Push Notifications’, and then selecting ‘Enable Notifications.’


September 18, 2020 — Environment Canada is tracking Hurricane Teddy, which is expected to reach Bermuda by Monday. If Teddy stays on its current course, the storm is expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia sometime Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

While the hurricane is still quite a distance away, its conditions and potential impact on Halifax will evolve over the next few days. It is always a good idea to start preparing early.

The Halifax Regional Municipality maintains this emergency checklist.  Please be sure you have the provisions you need to wait out the storm.

Fortunately, while courses are now online and there is very limited access to our campuses, any potential impact of the hurricane would likely be different from what we have dealt with in the past. Depending on the situation, a decision to close any of our campuses for safety reasons may not result in disruptions to course delivery.

As the storm approaches and unfolds, please check your NSCAD email often for updates, and well as @NSCADUniversity, @NSCAD and nscaduniversity.

Our NSCAD Mobile application is the easiest and quickest way to get the latest notifications and alerts about campus safety, operations and  activities including COVID-19 updates. Other personal safety features and an embedded @NSCADUniversity feed make this free app the best way to stay connected and get the information you need.

Download the NSCAD Mobile app

Importantly, please ensure the app is set to receive notifications by selecting ‘About/Preferences’ on the home screen, selecting ‘Push Notifications’, and then selecting ‘Enable Notifications.’