Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, 9:30pm EDT: Monitoring Hurricane Maria

Webber International University is monitoring Hurricane Maria.

Based on the forecasts available to us (including http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at5+shtml/235857.shtml?cone#contents and https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2017/hurricane-maria?map=model) this hurricane does not appear to be a threat to us. No changes in operations are planned at this time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those – especially the families of our students and staff – who are in the path of this major storm.

A reminder that texting Webber to 888777 subscribes you to our emergency text notification system. Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:30pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2017-11

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:00pm EDT: Power restored! Webber reopens at 5:00am EDT Thursday, September 14th, 2017!

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 3:00pm EDT:  Power restored!  Webber reopens at 5:00am EDT Thursday, September 14, 2017.  While there was damage — lots of it — there’s nothing that keeps us from reopening.  We have been deeply blessed.

FAQ’s

1) I evacuated and cannot get to class tomorrow?  What do I do?

Bring back proof that you were out of town; 2) get back as quickly as you reasonably can; and 3) see the Academic Dean upon arrival.  Here’s the deal… if you were out of town and you get back as quickly as you reasonably can, everything will be just fine; if you’re not trying your best under  the circumstances, you’ll have difficulties. We’re fair and reasonable people, many of whom don’t yet have power at our own homes.  Evacuation = fine.  Vacation = not fine.  Doing your best = fine.  Taking advantage = not fine.

2) What about late work?

Again, the key here is reasonable.  The Academic Dean will have a meeting with professors and ask them to make reasonable accommodations.  If you’re doing the best you can under the circumstances, it won’t be a problem; if you’re not, well, there may be.   And, please don’t look for exceptions for work due before we closed… there are lots of people with real problems outside of their control.

3) I’m an employee who just cannot get back.

Again, same thing as switch students.  Reasonable = okay.  Unreasonable = problem.  Speak to your immediate supervisor (and for most of you that’s not the President) ASAP.

4) I’ve got an emergency.  I need…

Please discuss your situation with a senior employee.  Can we cash a check for you?  Maybe.  Can we loan you a cooler?  Maybe.  Can we give you ice?  If we have it.  Can we sell you water at our cost?  If we have some left over.  Can we find an air conditioned place for you to sleep?  Best we can.  Need a sandwich?  We can likely fix you up.  We’re family, and we pull together.  Talk to a senior employee and we’ll do our best.

5) Games?  Practices.

Speak with your coach.

Future Notices

This is the last planned announcement for Hurricane Irma.  Good riddance to her.  If more notices become necessary, we will post them here.

A reminder that texting Webber to 888777 subscribes you to our emergency text notification system. Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 3:00pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2017-10

Monday September 11 2017 2:00pm: everyone safe; power out; anticipated reopening Thursday September 14, 2017

Status: Safe; No Power; Anticipated Opening Thursday September 14, 2017

First things first… while the storm took a path nobody predicted and we took a direct hit, everyone who stayed with us is safe. We are richly blessed.

But, like most everyone else here, we have no power. At the 12 noon County EOC briefing power executives could not speculate about when power might return. We have food, water, and staff on hand, but we do not have power.

We are expecting to reopen on Thursday September 14, if we have power. Please check back for updates. It is possible that late week games will be cancelled if we do not have power Check back for updates.

FAQs

1) Why can I not get in touch with you or my student? We have no power so our VOIP phones do not work. Lots of cell towers were damaged. The ones working are overloaded.

2) http://www.WebberEmergency.com is not responding. Try again. The site gets busy. And, data in Florida is overloaded.

3) What if I do not have time to get back after definite reopening is announced? Get back as soon as you safely and reasonably can thereafter. Bring documentation (receipt, newspaper, ticket) that you were out of town. See Academic Dean upon arrival.

4) Where is more recent information? This is as up to date as it gets. As soon as we know something we post it here first.

Future Notices

Future notices will be posted as information becomes available.

A reminder that texting Webber to 888777 subscribes you to our emergency text notification system. Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Sunday, September 11th , 2017 2:00pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2017-10

Monday, September 11, 2017 500am EDT: Everyone On Campus Safe

Monday, September 11, 2017, 500 am EDT:  The eye has passed, we are through the worst,    and everyone on campus is safe.

It is still dark, we have no power, and there are tropical storm force winds.  So damage assessment and reopening plans have not begun.  But we are very blessed:  everyone is safe.

Further announcements here as information becomes available.

ID: 2017-9 by the president

 

 

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 1:00pm EST: Hurricane Warning In Effect

Status: Hurricane Warning In Effect

Message: Webber International University is under a hurricane warning. Bands of rain and wind from the storm have arrived and will continue to worsen through the day and the night.

At its 12:00 noon EST daily briefing, the Polk County Emergency Management staff (https://www.polk-county.net/) stated that all of Polk County is currently under a hurricane warning. We have been under tornado watches or warnings most of the day and this is expected to continue throughout the day and into tomorrow morning. Tropical storm force winds are expected through midday today (Sunday, September 10th, 2017) with hurricane force winds expected between 9pm EDT tonight (Sunday) through midday tomorrow, Monday, September 11th, 2017. 10” to 20” of rain is expected. 10 million people are expected to be without power.

Webber has staff on site. As of Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at 1:00pm EDT the campus still had power and water, and all students staying with us are safe and accounted for. Breakfast was served this morning and students were provided two bagged meals for tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s brunch.  We filed up numerous coolers with water before the storm.  We are anticipating serving a hot dinner tomorrow, September 11th, 2017.

We are anticipating reopening on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 5:00am EDT.

Future Notices

Future notices will be posted as information becomes available.

Important: our phones are voice-over-IP (VOIP). They will almost certainly likely go out; however, the most current status is always on this website. Security does have a cell phone which students and employees may call if necessary (phone number is posted at switchboard; please do not share as phone calls from those outside the university hamper their ability to keep you safe).

A reminder that texting Webber to 888777 subscribes you to our emergency text notification system. Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Additional Resources:

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Weather Underground: https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane

WindFinder: www.windfinder.com

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Sunday, September 10th, 2017 1:00pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2017-8

Friday, September 8th, 2017, 1:00pm: Secured for Hurricane Irma

Status: Secured for Hurricane Irma

Message: Webber International University is carefully monitoring the approach of Hurricane Irma and has secured for her arrival.

At its 12:00 noon EST daily briefing, the Polk County Emergency Management staff (https://www.polk-county.net/) stated that all of Polk County is currently under a hurricane watch. Tropical storm force winds are expected mid-day to late Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Hurricane force winds are expected early Sunday, September 10th, 2017 and are expected to continue through most of Monday, September 11th, 2017. 8” to 10” of rain is expected. 10 million people are expected to be without power. Hurricane force winds are expected to extend 70 miles beyond the eye.

Webber’s last scheduled on-campus activity – class, practice, meeting, etc., – ended at 3:05pm EDT yesterday, Thursday, September 7th, 2017. We have strongly advised those students who are going somewhere else to be on their way there while there is time to make it safely. We have requested any dorm dwelling student who is leaving to let Student Life know this so all may be accounted for.

We have staff on site, food, water, board games, flash lights, etc., for those who are weathering the storm with us. We will keep activities going as long as it is safe to do so. Because it is likely that there will be a period of time when it will be dangerous to be outside and we will be without power, internet, etc. we strongly urge those staying with us to have a few snacks and a few diversions (board game, book, etc.) tucked away. We have warned people to stay inside and away from windows once the winds become dangerous. We have plenty of food, but meal schedules are subject to change as safety dictates; Student Life staff will post updates as conditions change. You must let Student Life know if you leave campus.

Football is expected back around mid-day Saturday. The bus will be making stops near Ocala and Lake City. Please coordinate directly with your student should you wish to meet them at either of these stops.

Students who do not live on campus and employees may ride out the storm with us (and, we’ll feed you regardless of whether or not you’re on a meal plan). You must check in with Student Life on Saturday evening and must let them know if you leave (again, we need to know who’s here).  Please understand that all we can offer is floor space and meals… please bring air mattress / sleeping bag, pillow, sheets, snacks, books, etc.

Employees should check with immediate supervisor for work schedule between now and Tuesday morning.  Any employee who is not scheduled who comes to campus must check in and out at the Babson Center.

We are anticipating reopening on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 5:00am EDT.

Future Notices

Future notices will be posted as information becomes available.

Important: our phones are voice-over-IP (VOIP). In a nutshell, if we lose power or internet, they stop working. Please do not assume that an unanswered phone means the worst. The most current status is always on this website. Security does have a cell phone which students and employees may call if necessary (phone number is posted at switchboard; please do not share as phone calls from those outside the university hamper their ability to keep you safe).

A reminder that texting Webber to 888777 subscribes you to our emergency text notification system. Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Additional Resources:

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Weather Underground: https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane

WindFinder: www.windfinder.com

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Friday, September 8th, 2017 1:00pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2017-7