Hurricane Irma

In early afternoon, we sent the following message about Hurricane Irma to all parents and families for whom we have an email address.  I wanted to replicate it here, as sometimes our emails go to people’s spam folders (hint – search your junk/quarantine/spam folder for and then add us as a contact or make us a safe sender so hopefully the next time it hits your inbox).  Your students received a similar version (see here).

Depending on how Irma plays out, we may have a couple of days of sparse Daily Deacs. I sit on the Crisis Management Team and we have been pretty active.  I’ll do my best to replicate any Irma messages here, but also see the info below on how to check a variety of sources on our websites.

Will also apologize in advance – normally it is my policy to try to respond to every email I receive as a Daily Deac reply, but I may not be able to do so if we get super busy here or if the volume is high. Please know it is not my intent to ignore messages.

For our FL Deac families, I hope you and yours are safe and sound.

Dear Wake Forest parents and families –

We know many of you are concerned about Hurricane Irma as it makes its way across the Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane. Wake Forest is closely monitoring Irma and our Crisis Management Team (CMT) is communicating directly with local and state officials to plan appropriately. While the path of the storm and its impact on North Carolina are still unknown, we anticipate having a clearer picture of Irma in another day or two.

Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency effective today for all of North Carolina. Such a step is taken to help North Carolina prepare in advance for any effects that Hurricane Irma may have on the state.

At Wake Forest, there is no higher priority than the safety of your students and our University community. We will continue to keep students, faculty, and staff informed, and they can expect more communication as the potential impact becomes clearer.

As we have updates, they will be posted on the Family News page, the Wake Forest Parents and Families Facebook page, and the Wake Forest Parents Twitter page.

If emergency conditions were to occur at Wake Forest, the Wake Alert Emergency Notification System will be activated. In an emergency, alerts and updates would be posted on the Wake Alert web site and distributed through other methods.

Families interested in Irma updates can follow the WeatherSTEM resources listed below:

– Visit to see Irma’s proximity to Wake Forest by entering 27109 as the zip code

– Text Wake Forest’s zip code 27109 to (336) 750-6434 and get texted back in real-time with Hurricane Irma info from WeatherSTEM

– Bookmark and follow Wake Forest’s WeatherSTEM website at

– WeatherSTEM also offers apps for iOS and Android

If your student needs support during this time, the following resources may be helpful:

Office of the Chaplain

University Counseling Center

Office of the Dean of Students

Please know there is no greater priority than the safety of our Wake Forest community. And if you or your loved ones are in the path of Irma, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94
Executive Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management

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