A message for parents and families about Hurricane Florence

The following message is being emailed to Wake Forest parents and families around noon on Monday, September 10th.

Dear Wake Forest Parents and Families,

With Hurricane Florence projected to bring heavy rains and sustained winds to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area later this week, we want to update you on steps we are taking to keep the campus community safe.

The university is working closely with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, as well as state and local officials, to monitor potential impacts to campus. While we are still several days from understanding Florence’s impact, Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday, Sept. 13 or early Friday, Sept. 14.

The National Weather Service is currently projecting at least 4-6 inches of rain, possibly more. Flooding, tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph) and power outages in the Winston-Salem area are possible.

Please encourage your students to stay alert to the weather forecast for the Triad and surrounding areas, and to read emails sent from our Communications and External Relations office about the hurricane. Local news organizations, including WXII, WGHP, WFMY, Spectrum News Triad, Winston-Salem Journal and WFDD are also good resources for the latest information. The university will send updates about the storm as details become available.

Please encourage your students to familiarize themselves with (and bookmark) Wake Alert (http://wakealert.wfu.edu/) now, while conditions are normal. In an emergency, alerts and updates would be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu) and distributed to your students via email and other methods. Please remind your students to:

  • Be on the lookout for text alerts (Undergraduate students are required to provide their cell phone number.)
  • Follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and on Facebook (com/WakeAlert).
  • Add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

As described in our Parent and Family Communications Guidelines, in an emergency, our primary concern will always be getting our students the information they need to stay safe.  We know that parents and families want to know what is going on as well, so all future Hurricane Florence-related emails or other news will be posted to the Wake Alert website: wakealert.wfu.edu. Please bookmark that page and use it to look for future information; newest entries will appear at the top of the page.

Know that we are working on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff to prepare for Hurricane Florence. Stay tuned to Wake Alert for additional information.

Betsy Chapman (‘92, MA ‘94)

Executive Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management


To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

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