Status: Business as Usual; Monitoring Tropical Depression 9
Message: The Webber International University Florida Campus Emergency Management Committee has been activated and is monitoring Tropical Depression 9 (resources we use include http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane, amongst others).
At this time, while the cone of uncertainty is tightening and the consensus appears to be that landfall will be well north of us, and although Webber is well inland, it appears to us that we will have heavy rains and high winds late Thursday, September 1st through early Friday September 2nd. Sporadic periods of heavy rain are expected today, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.
At this time we are expecting Thursday and Friday classes, practices, and extra-curricular activities to proceed as scheduled. Should road conditions deteriorate such that it seems practical to cancel Thursday evening classes, a notice will be posted here by or before 12:00 noon, EDT, on Thursday, September 1st. As always, you are the final judge as to whether conditions are safe to travel to or from campus.
Webber does not require students to evacuate during serious weather. We have topped off cooking gas, ordered extra food, stocked up on bottled water, put extra student life and security staff on standby, taken the flashlights and batteries out of the storage closet, and taken other precautions to be sure that those students on campus are safe and as comfortable as possible. While it’s been served by candlelight a time or two, in our 90 year history, we haven’t missed a meal time.
While this is not anticipated to be a major storm, we will almost certainly have heavy rain and strong winds, and no tropical weather event should be taken lightly. We have secured for tropical storm force winds and suggest that students not leave loose objects laying around (e.g., in the back of pickup trucks or on patios). Tornadoes are always a possibility in Florida, especially during hurricane season. Please remember that – except for a 2 wail test on 2pm Wednesdays – if the emergency siren sounds, you need to take cover immediately. While we should each make our own personal plan, the members of the Florida Campus Emergency Management Committee are heading for the ground floor hallway of Grace Hall should we hear the siren.
While we use every available means to communicate emergency information, the first update is always to www.WebberEmergency.Com. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to Webber’s free emergency text notification system, simply text the word Webber to 888777 or visit http://www.Nixle.com (our zip code is 33827).
Next Update: At or around 12:00 noon EDT Thursday, September 1st, unless sooner required.
Thank you for visiting www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.
Message ID: 2016-9
Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Wednesday, August 31st, 8:30am EDT, by the president on his own authority.