Hurricane Dorian: Important Operational Changes
While this hurricane is still a good distance away and its path is still uncertain, at this time it appears that it will impact our Babson Park campus. Please note the following operational changes.
- The Saturday football game versus Middle Georgia State University has been CANCELLED.
- The Friday volleyball tournament will proceed as scheduled. The Saturday tournament is CANCELLED.
- The Saturday women’s soccer match versus Toccoa Falls College has been CANCELLED.
- The Monday women’s soccer match versus Columbia International University has been CANCELLED.
- All classes for Tuesday, September 3rd have been CANCELLED.
We will, sometime Sunday, close the campus (exact time will be announced tomorrow). After that time, nobody will be allowed to enter the campus for any reason until we officially reopen. Those who are staying on campus after it closes must be signed in, must notify us if they leave campus, and will not be readmitted until the campus officially reopens. Please note that there will be enhanced security (and not necessarily our security guards who know you). Be sure you have your Webber ID and that it has a Fall 2019 sticker on it.
ANTICIPATED REOPENING (subject to having power)
We are expecting to resume regular operations, including classes on Wednesday, September 4th at 8:00am. We are expecting football, men’s and women’s soccer, and indoor volleyball to report for practice on Wednesday, September 4th, at 12:00noon. We are expecting staff to report as normal on Wednesday, September 4th at their regular times. This, of course, depends upon power.
We are STRONGLY ENCOURAGING dorm dwellers to find another place to ride out the storm. Student Life staff, Resident Assistants, and Security will be here through the storm to keep everyone safe. We will do everything possible to keep you safe, fed, and hydrated. But we will have to shut the computers (including internet) down by Sunday night. If the power goes out – and historically it has – it gets very hot very quickly. We’ll do what we can (as soon as is safe to go outside) to get a cooling and charging station going. We do NOT evacuate our dorms during hurricanes, but again, historically those who have gone somewhere outside the storm area (i.e., somewhere with air conditioning) have been a lot happier than those who have stayed on campus. We’ll keep you safe and we’ll keep you fed, but we just cannot promise to keep you cool or entertained.
OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS
We understand that some of our students have elected to live in off campus housing which some might call “less than storm ready”. If you are staying somewhere you do not feel safe, we can provide you a place to sleep. We have a grand total of 4 empty beds, so it might be on the floor in a hallway. But, it will be in the hallway of a concrete building which has weathered many storms. Check with Student Life ASAP for instructions.
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT BACK IN TIME
In the past, we have had students go home and not be able to make it back in time (roads flood, get closed, etc.) If this happens to you, a) bring proof of inability to get back (e.g., screen shot showing local road closures); b) bring proof you were out of town (e.g., dated McDonalds receipt, gas receipt, etc.); c) get back as soon as you can; and d) see the Chief Academic Officer as soon as you get back.
Link to National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Next anticipated update: Sunday, September 1, 2019 3:00pm EDT
Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.
Posted date, time, by, and authority of: August 29th, 2019 3:10pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.
Message ID: 2019-2
Update 8/30/2019 3:00pm: The Emergency Committee will continue to monitor the storm through the weekend. We will update this site as necessary.