Wake Forest monitoring Hurricane Irma, preparing for potential effects

The following message was sent to students, faculty, and staff about Hurricane Irma on September 7.

Wake Forest is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma as it makes its way across the Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane.

The University’s 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.

Gov. 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 our University community. The University will continue to keep students, staff and faculty informed, as well as others. Expect more communication as the potential impact becomes clearer.

If emergency conditions were to occur at Wake Forest, the University’s 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.

Frequently updated information on weather conditions at Wake Forest is available through WeatherSTEM. The information is available through Facebook and Twitter (@WakeForestWxSTEM). WeatherSTEM also offers apps for iOS and Android.

You may visit Irma.weatherstem.com to see Hurricane Irma’s proximity to Wake Forest. Enter 27109 as the zip code. You may also text Wake Forest’s zip code, 27109, to 336-750-6434 to get texted back in real time with Hurricane Irma information from WeatherSTEM.

Students whose families have been, or could be affected, by the storm may find the following resources helpful:

— Office of Chaplain

— University Counseling Center

— Office of the Dean of Students


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Orientation 2017 slide shows

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