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

Tropical Storm Elsa: Sunday, July 4, 2021 7:00am EDT

Webber International University is continuing to monitor the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa.

While there remains significant uncertainty in the path of this storm and at this time we do not appear to be directly in its path, strong winds and heavy rain are likely at our Babson Park campus. While significant impact from tropical weather is rare, over our 94 year history we have weathered many tropical events, including major hurricanes, and reasonable precautions are always a good idea. The Campus Emergency Committee has continued to meet and the campus has been prepared.

At this time operational changes have not been planned, but each individual is always the best judge of the safety of their individual location and conditions.

We will monitor this storm closely as it nears and the degree of uncertainty lessens and any updates will be posted here (www.WebberEmergency.com). 

Webber monitors: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2021/tropical-storm-elsa

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

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Sunday, July 4, 2021 7:00am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-2

Tropical Storm Elsa Thursday July 1, 2021 2:30pm EDT

Webber International University has begun to monitor the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa. While at this time this storm does not appear to be a threat to us, it is still far enough away that its path is very uncertain.

The Campus Emergency Committee has met and we have begun to take prudent precautions. We will monitor this storm closely as it nears and the degree of uncertainty lessens and any updates will be posted here (www.WebberEmergency.com).

Webber monitors: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2021/tropical-storm-elsa

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

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Thursday, July 1st, 2021 2:30pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2021-1

Tropical Storm Eta: All Clear

Tropical Storm Eta November 12, 2020 7:30am EST

The Babson Park Campus Crisis Response Team has issued an “all clear” with respect to Tropical Storm Eta which made landfall well to our north last night.  Our campus was unaffected and everyone is safe. 

This is the last statement on Tropical Storm Eta.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:30am EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-15

Tropical Storm Eta: November 11, 2020 4:00pm EST

Tropical Storm Eta November 11, 2020 4:00pm EST

The Babson Park Campus Crisis Response Team and the senior leadership of Webber International University have been monitoring the unusual track of Tropical Storm Eta which is expected to make landfall well north of us early Thursday, November 12.

Based upon all the information available to us, we are expecting a wet and windy night Wednesday, with some occasional moderate wind gusts late night Wednesday and early morning Thursday.

While we are not expecting them, we have secured for tropical force winds (which pretty much means bringing in furniture and trash cans, taking down flags, etc.) We are operating on a normal schedule with no cancellations of classes or activities… dinner and breakfast are expected to be on time, practices are expected to run, and Thursday morning classes are expected to meet as normal. Webber’s security force is on campus 24/7/365 and resident assistants are always on campus anytime students are in residence.

We are, however, aware that some of our employees and students live some distance from us, and we simply cannot know all local weather or road conditions.  Therefore, we empathize what is always the case:  you need to be aware of your surroundings and are always the ultimate judge of whether local weather and road conditions are safe enough to traverse.  Any employee unable to make it in because of local weather conditions should, as soon as possible, contact his or her immediate supervisor; any student unable to make it in should, as soon as possible, contact the academic dean and his or her coach.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:00pm EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-14

Tropical Storm Eta: November 7, 2020 10:00am

Tropical Storm Eta:

The Babson Park Campus Crisis Response Team and the senior leadership of Webber International University have been monitoring the unusual track of Tropical Storm Eta.  This storm does not currently appear to be a threat to us.

In general because Webber is well inland and engineered to withstand hurricane force winds, our basic preparation for tropical storms is to secure loose objects which could become a hazard.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Saturday, November 7th, 2020 10:00am EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-13