Friday, October 7th, 2016, 2:00pm EDT: All Clear. Last Hurricane Matthew Update

Status: All Clear.

Message: All Clear.

We have done an inspection and are pleased that everyone is safe and nothing was damaged.  This message serves as the official “all clear”.  Prayers of thanksgiving are indeed appropriate, as are thanks for those who stayed late, those who spent the night, and those who arrived early to protect and care for our students and our facilities.

We are returning to business as usual status.  Friday dinner will be served as usual, and Saturday classes will meet as usual.  Employees should report to work as scheduled.

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.

This is the last Hurricane Matthew update.

Message ID: 2016-17

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Friday, October 7th, 2016 2:00pm EDT, by the president on his own authority.

Friday, October 7th, 2016, 8:30am EDT: Safe and Sound

Status: Safe and sound. Still under tropical storm warning.

Message: The eye of the Hurricane Matthew is now well north of us. Everyone and everything is safe and sound.

Classes for today, Friday, October 7th, 2016 are cancelled. We will reopen as normal tomorrow, Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

We remain under a tropical storm warning and the potential for dangerous wind gusts remains. We recommend that students on campus take advantage of one of the many activities organized for today and/or take advantage of the opportunity to get in a little extra studying. In any event, we strongly recommend staying off the roads until conditions clear.

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.

Message ID: 2016-16

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Friday, October 7th, 2016 8:30am EDT, by the president on his own authority.

Thursday, October 6th, 1:30pm: Thursday night, all Friday classes cancelled

Status: Night classes for Thursday, October 6th, 2016 and all Friday, October 7th,, 2016 classes have been CANCELLED

Message: Night classes for Thursday, October 6th, 2016 and all classes for Friday, October 7th, 2016 have been cancelled.  

While our primary concern is road conditions making travel to and from campus hazardous on Friday morning, we understand that some students will choose to go home for the weekend; resident students are NOT required to leave campus. We have stocked up on water, food, and cooking gas, have batteries and flashlights ready, and extra staff have been called in. Meals will be served. Activities will be planned. Staff will be on hand for safety and security. We assume resident students are staying unless they tell us otherwise… if you are a resident student who will not be staying on campus any night between tonight, October 6th and Sunday October 9th please advise Student Life so that, after the storm passes, we do not think you are unaccounted for. Likewise, if you are an employee or student who does not feel safe in your off campus housing, we can find you a place to stay but you MUST check in rather than just informally crash with a friend. It is IMPERATIVE that we have an accurate list of who is on campus.

Saturday’s football game at Edward Waters has been postponed. There are no scheduled home games until Saturday, October 8th. We are expecting these games to be played as scheduled.

Employees directly charged with the wellbeing, safety, or security of students or the facility should report to work on Friday. Others should not. Please check with your immediate superior to determine whether or not you should report to work on Friday. If you we are not expecting you and you come on campus for any reason during the storm, please check in and out with security (again, accurate list).  

We are anticipating opening as normal on Saturday, October 8th.

The campus emergency team participated in a Polk County Emergency Operations Center briefing at noon today. They are anticipating tropical force winds to begin somewhere between 10pm tonight and 2am tomorrow and to continue through late Friday afternoon. They are also expecting from 1” to 3” of rain.

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.

Message ID: 2016-15

Next Update: Friday, October 7th, 2016 after the storm has passed.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Thursday, October 6th, 2016 1:30pm EDT, by the president on his own authority.

Friday, October 7th, 2016 classes cancelled

Status:   All Friday, October 7th, 2016 classes have been CANCELLED

Message:  All classes for Friday, October 7th, 2016 have been cancelled.  Wednesday, October 5th classes and Thursday, October 6th classes, including evening classes, will meet as normal.

While our primary concern is road conditions making travel to and from campus hazardous on Friday morning, we understand that some students will choose to go home for the weekend; resident students are NOT required to leave campus.  We have stocked up on water, food, and cooking gas, have batteries and flashlights ready, and extra staff have been called in. Meals will be served.  Activities will be planned.  Staff will be on hand for safety and security.  We assume resident students are staying unless they tell us otherwise… if you are a resident student who will not be staying on campus any night between tonight, October 5th and Sunday October 9th, please advise Student Life so that, after the storm passes, we do not think you are unaccounted for.

There are no scheduled home games until Saturday, October 8th.  We are expecting these games to be played as scheduled.  Athletes should check with their coaches regarding practices and other expectations.

Employees directly charged with the wellbeing, safety, or security of students or the facility should report to work on Friday. Others should not. Please check with your immediate superior to determine whether or not you should report to work on Friday.

We are anticipating opening as normal on Saturday, October 8th.

The campus emergency team participated in a Polk County Emergency Operations Center briefing at noon today. Based on all available information, we are expecting weather to deteriorate beginning very early Friday, October 7th with intermittent tropical force winds throughout the day.  While we have sandbagged low lying areas, significant rain is not expected.  But, things can and do change rapidly… you are always the ultimate decision maker for matters involving your personal safety.

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.

Message ID: 2016-14

Next Update:  Thursday, October 6th, 1:00pm EDT.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 1:00pm EDT, by the president on his own authority.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 1:00pm EDT: Business as Usual (Hurricane Matthew)

Status:   Business as usual.

Message:  Webber International University is carefully monitoring the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The campus emergency committee has been activated and is meeting as necessary.

While Webber is well inland, this is a powerful storm whose track is unpredictable. We are expecting and have prepared for strong winds and torrential rain on Thursday.

While each person is the ultimate judge of his or her own safety (especially when this involves road conditions in their local area), it is the longstanding policy of Webber International University to NOT require students to leave the campus in the event of hazardous weather. We have taken normal and prudent precautions – brought in objects which could become airborne, stocked up on bottled water and cooking gas, scheduled extra security, issued flashlights to resident assistants, etc.  In the spirit of “better safe than sorry” we urge employees and students who do not live on campus to do likewise.

At this point neither classes nor events or activities have been cancelled… we are at “business as usual” status and classes and activities are continuing as scheduled. We will, however, continue to monitor the storm and will make adjustments as seem prudent.

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.

Message ID: 2016-13

Next Update:  Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 2:00pm EDT.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Tuesday, October 4th, 1:00pm EDT, by the president on his own authority.

Friday, September 2, 2016 12:00 noon EDT: All Clear; All Safe; Saturday 9/3 football game cancelled

Status:   All Clear.  All Safe.  Saturday 9/3 football game cancelled.

Message:  Hurricane Hermine is now well north of us.  While we got a lot of rain and some wind, everyone is safe and there was no damage.  While things are a bit soggy, we were spared most of this storm and mercifully did not have so much as a power outage!

The opposing team for tomorrow’s football game has informed us that they do not believe they can travel here safely through the storm and are consequently not coming; therefore, the football game scheduled for Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 at 1:00pm has been CANCELLED.

This is the last update on Hurricane Hermine.

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.

Message ID: 2016-12

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Friday, September 2nd, 2016 12:00 noon EDT, by the president on his own authority.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 1:30pm EDT: No anticipated cancellations, changes

Status:  Tropical Storm Hermine Update: No Cancellations / Schedule Changes

Message:  We are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Hermine.

We are not anticipating any cancellations or schedule changes.

You are always the final judge of local conditions and road safety.

For fuller storm discussion, please see previous message (2016-9 Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 8:30am EDT).

Message ID: 2016-10

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  Thursday, September 1st, 2016 1:30pm EDT, by the president on his own authority.