Friday, September 30, 2022 10:30am EDT: All Clear

Webber International University has issued an ALL CLEAR for Major Hurricane Ian. Students who evacuated may return to campus on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 and classes will meet as scheduled on Monday, October 3rd, 2022.

As reported yesterday morning, all students who stayed with us are safe. We have power, water, and internet, and regular food service resumed with breakfast this morning.

We are still assessing damage. At this point we know about some major roof damage and flooding. Maintenance stayed on campus during the storm, and our insurance company mobilized a disaster response team which has been helping with cleanup since yesterday, Thursday, September 29th, 2022 (which is why we ask that students who elected to evacuate or who live off campus not return until Saturday… there is a lot of clean up activity which goes faster and more safely with fewer people here).

Students who cannot make it back safely to class on Monday should communicate with the Academic Dean. Students with other needs or challenges should communicate with student life. Employees with needs or challenges should communicate with their immediate supervisor.

The is the last anticipated posting regarding Major Hurricane Ian.

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Friday, September 30th, 2022 10:35 AM EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2022-5

All students on campus have reported as safe

Hurricane Ian has slowly moved past the Webber campus. All students that remained on campus are reported safe. We are assessing the campus for damage and will update if there will be any changes to our schedule.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Thursday, September 29th, 2022 8:15am EDT by the Senior Vice President of Campus Operations at the direction of the President of the University.

Message ID: 2022-4

Tuesday September 27, 2022 2:30pm: Major Hurricane Ian

Webber International University is continuing to monitor the approach of Hurricane Ian. Complete details regarding cancellation and closure appear in the previous message (ID 2022-2).

The current guidance (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) indicates that we are directly in the path of this major hurricane and predicts a near certainty of sustained hurricane force winds as well as massive amounts of rain. While we have strongly recommended that our students with somewhere else to go strongly consider going there, Student Life staff, Resident Assistants, and Security will remain on campus during the storm, and bagged meals and bottled water will be distributed to those students who stay with us.

We are anticipating all staff back on campus Friday, September 30th and a full opening on Saturday, October 1st.

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 2:30pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2022-3

Monday September 26th, 2022 5:00pm: Hurricane Ian

Webber International University is continuing to monitor the approach of Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane prediction remains part art and there is considerable uncertainty regarding this storm’s path.  While Webber is well inland, we are expecting tropical storm or even hurricane strength winds beginning late Tuesday, September 27th through early Friday, September 30th, 2022.  Therefore, to make sure our students who are going home can make it there safely and to keep our staff off of the roads during the storm, we are taking the following steps.

On-Campus Class and Event Cancellation

On campus classes and events are cancelled Tuesday, September 27th through Friday, September 30th, 2022.  We are expecting a complete reopening on Saturday, October 1st, 2022.

On-Line Classes

On-line classes will meet as normal.  If students or faculty members encounter internet or power issues, they should consult with the Academic Dean.

Campus Restricted to Students and Authorized Personnel

Effective 8:00am Tuesday, September 27th and until 8:00am Saturday, October 1st, 2022 the Webber campus is closed to all but employees and students bearing current validated ID.  

Employees

Unless told otherwise by their immediate supervisor, employees should not report to work on Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th, 2022.  Employees are expected to be at work on Tuesday, September 27th and Friday September 30th, 2022.  As always, schedule issues should be discussed with your immediate supervisor.

On Campus Students

It is Webber’s long-standing policy not to require our dormitory students to leave their homes during weather emergencies.  If an on-campus student wants to stay with through the storm, he or she may.  A Student Life employee, Security personnel, and Resident Assistants will remain on campus during throughout the storm. 

With that said, we strongly encourage those with somewhere to stay outside of the area which the storm might impact to consider staying there.  Historically, storms bring power outages which cause things to become uncomfortable very quickly. Also, at some point during the evening of Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 computer services – including the internet – will have to be shut down.  We will do everything humanly possible to keep you safe, but once the power goes out the fun of being on campus quickly vanishes.  If you have other options, you should consider them.

Normal breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served on Tuesday, September 27th, 2022.  Because cafeteria staff will not be able to safely get back on campus, bagged meals will be provided for Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th, 2022.  We are anticipating serving a normal breakfast, though perhaps a bit later than normal, on Friday, September 30th, 2022.

If you are staying on campus, you must register with Student Life before 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 27th 2022. Also, if you are staying with us, we ask that you not leave campus after 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 27th 2022 and that you let Student Life know when you go and when you return (you do not want us telling a worried parent we cannot find you because you left campus without telling us).

Off Campus Students in Unsafe Housing

If you live off campus and do not feel safe in your housing, we can find a space for you. It will possibly be in a hallway and, as noted earlier, once the power goes out the fun quickly vanishes.  If you want to stay on campus, please coordinate with student life.

Emergency Notifications

To subscribe to text notifications, text Webber to 79516.  If you hear the emergency siren, take shelter immediately. 

Updates

The most current information – as current as you will get with a phone call or email – can be found on www.WebberEmergency.com.

Problems, Difficulties?

Let us know.  We’ve been trough a lot of hurricanes and will do everything in our power to help. 

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Monday, September 26th, 2022 5:00pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2022-2

Friday, September 23rd, 2022 6:00pm: Monitoring Tropical Depression 9

Webber International University has begun to carefully monitor the track of TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE (noaa.gov).

The Babson Park Campus Emergency Team has met, reviewed plans, and made some very early preparations.

Unless there are dramatic changes requiring an earlier meeting, the Babson Park Campus Emergency Team will meet again on Monday, September 26th and will announce any changes in operations by 4:00pm EDT.

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Friday, September 23rd, 2022 6:00pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2022-1

Monday, August 16, 2021 8:30am: All Clear

There currently appears to be no danger from either of our most recent tropical systems, Fred and Grace. The University remains at All Clear status.

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Monday, August 16th, 8:30am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-7

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Saturday, August 14, 2021 9:00am TD Fred & TS Grace

Webber International University has continued to monitor the approaches of Tropical Depression Fred and Tropical Storm Grace.

While by their very nature tropical weather disturbances can be difficult to predict, at this point Fred, while expected to strengthen over the next few days, is also expected to stay well to our west and is not expected to pose any threat to us.

Grace’s current track places her in a position to bring us some heavy rains and strong winds late next week, but this storm is still so far away that there remains great uncertainty in its track.

The University’s President, together with the Babson Park Campus Emergency Team are continuing to monitor the situation. Should severe weather seem likely as the path of Grace becomes clearer over the next few days we will, if necessary, implement our severe weather precautions and procedures. 

Webber Monitors:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2021/tropical-storm-fred

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2021/tropical-storm-grace

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Saturday, August 14th, 2021 9:00am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-6

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 8:15am Tropical Storm Fred

Webber International University has begun to monitor the approach of Tropical Storm Fred.

While by their very nature tropical weather disturbances can be difficult to predict, and while at this point the storm is far enough away that there is great uncertainty about its path, at the current time using the best available data this storm does not appear to be a danger to us.

Nevertheless we have, as we always do when a storm approaches, begun to take prudent precautions in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. 

Webber Monitors:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2021/tropical-storm-fred

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 8:15am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-5

July 7, 2021 8:30am EDT: All Clear

All clear.  Hurricane Elsa is now well north of Polk County, Florida.  Webber is at “business as usual” status. We are getting occasional bands of light rain and wind.

The campers have eaten their breakfast and are hitting the mats.  Security reports a quiet evening, with power remaining on and camp activities occurring as scheduled.  The University’s President and members of the Campus Senior Leadership Team and Campus Response Team walked the campus just after daybreak and found no apparent signs of damage.  As is customary after a storm room by room inspections are continuing.

This will be the last Hurricane Elsa related update.

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 8:30am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-4

Hurricane Elsa, Tuesday, July 6, 2021 3:00pm EDT

Based on all the information currently available to us, it appears that tomorrow, Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 is going to be like so many other summer days in Central Florida:  nasty with rain and wind and weather.  At this time, our plan is to remain open with no changes to operations. 

However, conditions can change rapidly and just a few miles can make a dramatic difference in conditions, and we certainly cannot be knowledgeable about current weather and road conditions everywhere.  So, as always, you are the ultimate judge of your personal safety and if it isn’t safe to come to work you should work from home instead (Webber is committed to providing students, and those serving students, face to face service, so please report as normal unless you are genuinely concerned about your safety [and, in that event, contact your immediate supervisor immediately]).

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification site of Webber International University.

National Hurricane Center: National Hurricane Center (noaa.gov)

Weather Underground: Tropical Storm Elsa Tracker | Weather Underground (wunderground.com)

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 3:00pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-3