Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 1:30pm EDT: Major Operational Changes

Status: Major Operational Changes – Precautionary Cancellations

Message: Webber International University is carefully monitoring the approach of Hurricane Irma and is taking the precautions outlined below.

Cancellations and Closures

Webber International University has CANCELLED all on-campus classes, athletic practices, meetings, games, and other organized activities from 3:05pm EDT Thursday, September 7th, 2017 (Thursday day classes will meet; Thursday night classes will not meet) through 5:00am EDT Tuesday, September 12th, 2017.

We anticipate opening as normal at 5:00am EDT Tuesday, September 12th, 2017.

While classes and activities have been cancelled, the campus will remain open (and staff should report unless instructed otherwise by their immediate supervisor) through 5:00pm EDT Friday, September 8th, 2017.

The campus will close and be restricted to authorized personnel and registered residents only from 5:00pm EDT Friday, September 8th, 2017 through 5:00am EDT Tuesday, September 12th, 2017. Nobody will be admitted to or allowed to remain on the campus during this time unless they can produce current, valid Webber ID. Any non-scheduled employee on campus during these hours must sign in and out at the Babson Center. All residents riding out the storm with us must be registered with Student Life and must alert Student Life if they elect to leave the campus.

On Campus Residents

Nobody can predict the next storm, but Webber has survived many storms. We have stocked up on food, water, and cooking gas. We will have staff on campus to help insure safety and security. We’ll play whatever games and do whatever activities the weather allows. And, while meal times and what we serve may vary depending upon the weather conditions, we’ll make sure everyone is fed.

However, please understand that should the power go out – and it often does when we have severe weather – it just is not luxurious on campus. Air conditioning goes out. Individual room lights go out. The internet goes out. We have generators to provide basic emergency lighting along sidewalks and some lighting and some fans in the cafeteria. In addition, even if we retain power, we’ll have to shut down the computer network (and with it the internet) before tropical storm force winds get here (Friday night or Saturday morning at the latest).

If you’re staying with us, it is critical that Student Life know 1) that you are here; and 2) if you leave.

Off Campus Students

We urge you to rush your emergency preparations to conclusion.

If you feel unsafe in your home, you can stay with us. Please check in with student life on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 between 5:00pm EDT and 6:00pm EDT. Please understand that because our dorms are full, all we can offer you is a space to sleep. You’ll need to bring sleeping bag or air mattress, pillow, etc. It will be shelter style sleeping in the Yentes Center. Please read section above to understand that we’ll do the best we can, but should the power go out, it will be very basic accommodations.

Employees

We are open for business as usual through 5:00pm EDT Friday, September 8th, 2017.

Please check with your immediate supervisor regarding work schedule Saturday, September 9th, 2017 through Monday, September 11th, 2017.

We anticipate a normal opening at 5:00am EDT Tuesday, September 12th, 2017.

We urge you to rush your emergency preparations to conclusion.

If you feel unsafe in your home, you can stay with us. Please check in with student life on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 between 5:00pm EDT and 6:00pm EDT. Please understand that because our dorms are full, all we can offer you is a place to sleep. You’ll need to bring sleeping bag or air mattress, pillow, etc. It will be shelter style sleeping in the Yentes Center. Please read section above to understand that we’ll do the best we can, but should the power go out, it will be very basic accommodations.

Future Notices

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.

Anticipated Next Meeting of the Emergency Committee: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 12:00noon EDT.

Anticipated Next Update: Thursday, September 7th, 2017 1:30pm EDT.

Additional Resources:

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

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

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 1:30pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2017-5

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