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 ( 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, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Additional Resources:

National Hurricane Center:

Weather Underground:


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

2 thoughts on “Friday, September 8th, 2017, 1:00pm: Secured for Hurricane Irma

  1. I have two students with me in Citrus County and we are going to get pounded. One only has 1/4 tank of gas and the other has just under 1/2. Like everywhere else, we have no gas. What provisions are being made for students that cannot get back there by Tuesday?


  2. Thanks for you question. We’re glad they got home safely and hope they stay safe through these next couple of days of rough weather. Our plan right now is 1) keep everyone safe through the storm; and 2) regroup and assess after the storm. While we’re HOPING it will be 5:00am Tuesday, we’ll announce plans for reopening, as well as instructions for those students who have challenges getting back, as soon as the storm has passes and everyone is safe and sound. Best regards (and continued prayers for safety), Keith Wade, President & CEO


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