Hurricane Dorian: Sunday 9/1/2019 Update

Hurricane Dorian: Sunday 9/1/2019 Update

While the most likely track spares our campus a direct hit, Webber International University is taking very seriously Hurricane Dorian, now on record as the strongest hurricane in recorded history. Because much of the intensity depends upon when the storm turns north – at this point a great uncertainty — we urge you in the strongest terms possible to take this storm seriously and take appropriate precautions.

Cancellations

  • The Monday women’s soccer match versus Columbia International University has been CANCELLED.
  • All classes for Tuesday, September 3rd have been CANCELLED.

Campus Status

While the campus is currently closed to all but residential students and those off campus students who are riding out the storm with us, water, power (including air conditioning), internet, phone, and regularly scheduled hot meal service are all currently running as normal.

Depending upon the track of the storm, losing power, having to shut down the computer systems (including internet) and providing sack meals are all possibilities if road conditions deteriorate and staff cannot get to and from campus safely. If any of this becomes necessary we will provide as much notice as we can.

Security and Student Life personnel are on campus and will remain on campus throughout the storm to help ensure that students are safe, fed, and hydrated.

Anticipated Reopening 

We are expecting to resume regular operations, including classes on Wednesday, September 4th at 8:00am EDT. We are expecting football, men’s and women’s soccer, and indoor volleyball to report for practice on Wednesday, September 4th, at 12:00noon EDT. We are expecting staff to report as normal on Wednesday, September 4th at their regular times. This, of course, depends upon our power.

We simply cannot know the weather and road conditions everywhere… you are the ultimate judge of your personal safety and should act accordingly.

Residential Students

While we have urged those with somewhere else to go to consider riding out the storm there – if we lose power the fun quickly fades – Security and Student Life remain on campus and will remain on campus throughout the storm to help keep those students riding out the storm with us safe, fed, and hydrated.

If you are staying with us it is imperative that you are signed in with Student Life. And, if you have to leave for any reason, it is critical that you let Student Life know. We simply must know who is on campus.

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… they will be glad to help.

Please do NOT simply bunk with a friend without checking in with Student Life… it is imperative that we know who is on campus and where they are.

After the Storm

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.

We know this is a tough time for everyone.  If you need anything after the storm, please let us know… we’ll do what we can to help.

Useful Links:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane

Next anticipated update:

The next scheduled meeting of the Campus Emergency Operations Committee is Monday, September 2nd at 3:30pm EDT. An update should follow shortly thereafter.

Thank you for visiting http://www.WebberEmergency.com, the official emergency notification system of Webber International University.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  September 1st, 2019 5:00pm EDT by the President of the University by his own authority.

Message ID: 2019-3

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