Dear Wake Forest parents and families,
Your students received the following update about the status of Hurricane Florence and campus operations this morning. Given the forecast that we were looking at on Monday, this is a sizeable improvement. Still, we are remaining vigilant and are bracing for a lot of rain and some wind.
Our communication plans from here on out are that we will be releasing information somewhere around mid-day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the option of adding additional communications as needed.
I want to thank you, too, for your patience because our office is receiving so many emails that I cannot respond to them all personally. If you have a question that is urgent, please use “Urgent” in the subject line so I can locate those quickly.
Please continue to think good thoughts for those in Florence’s path. North Carolina is home to some spectacularly beautiful places along the coast (as are our neighboring states). Thinking of all those who are living in those areas.
Betsy Chapman (’92, MA ’94)
Executive Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management
With the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus community as our highest priority, Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to the campus community.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-10 inches of rain and winds of 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area over the next several days. At this point, tropical storm force winds have been removed from the local forecast. While the reduction in projected winds is good news, emergency managers in the area continue to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages.
The following information relates to campus services available to students when classes are canceled Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.
All dining services will operate on the weekend schedule Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please refer to www.deacondining.com for specific hours and updates.
Student Health Service
Student Health Service will operate on an urgent care model starting Friday, just as it does after business hours and on weekends. All appointments for Friday will be rescheduled but limited staff will be on site to take care of urgent needs. Saturday and Sunday operations will not change. In the event of any emergency, people are always instructed to call 911.
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
At this time, ZSR Library plans to maintain normal weekend hours.
Wake Forest Wellbeing Center
The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center (Reynolds Gym) will maintain normal operating hours. Some specific programs, such as Outdoor Pursuits and outdoor intramurals, have been canceled.
Benson University Center
Benson will maintain normal operating hours. A movie marathon will run in Pugh Auditorium during normal business hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Office of Transportation and Parking Services has adjusted the shuttle service schedule to prioritize the safety of drivers and passengers in the coming days.
Additional Campus Resources
Many within the campus community have friends and loved ones who will suffer the worst of Hurricane Florence and its aftermath. The University is prepared to provide support in a number of ways:
Wake Forest will continue to provide mid-day updates Friday, Saturday and Sunday about the Hurricane Florence, or as weather conditions necessitate.
All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.
Wake Forest Communications and External Relations!
To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.
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.
Select slide shows and handouts from Orientation sessions are available online.