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 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.
National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Weather Underground: https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane
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