Update on Hurricane Irma

The following message was sent to Wake Forest parents and families on September 7th.

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 http://irma.weatherstem.com 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 http://forsyth.weatherstem.com/wfu

– 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


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

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