Today, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Leeward Island, Dominica, pleaded for international aid. Further announcing that the damage from Storm Erika has setback Dominica's progress by at least two decades. The Prime Minister also he warned of more rain in upcoming days." At least 12 people are dead, and 20 more are missing according to news sources.
Dominica is also home to the Internationally acclaimed Ross University School of Medicine(RUSM). RUSM leaders and staff are meeting continually to assess the situation and direct actions to ensure the safety of their students, communication with their family members, and resources to support RUSM campus operations.
RUSM blog: "reports the campus is unharmed and has electricity, water, and food supplies, per routine emergency preparedness procedures. However, the internet and telephone services are still down throughout the country, some roadways are still impassible, and the Douglas-Charles Airport (formerly Melville Hall) in Dominica remains closed.
With the scheduled start of the September semester approaching, they are assessing each of these factors very closely in terms of their impact on the university and its students. RUSM is preparing to announce a decision regarding a potential change in the semester start date no later than the end of the day on September 1."
While Ross University was unscathed by Storm Erica, American University of the Caribbean (AUC) had their campus destroyed Hurricane Hugo in 1989. This disaster caused their students to be temporarily educated in Plainview, Texas.
Once the campus was rebuilt, the Montserrat campus reopened it for classes in September 1990. On July 18, 1995, the Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat exploded leaving much of the island uninhabitable. Students and faculty of AUC were evacuated, as the campus was buried under volcanic ash. Dominica Ross University School of Medicine The Weather Channel