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University assessing conditions caused by storm; operations normal

posted Oct 11, 2018, 4:52 PM by Mark Anderson

The University’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) and other University officials have stayed alert throughout the day to the storm that passed through the area and continue to monitor the effects on campus and at University facilities, including Wake Downtown and the Charlotte Center.

At present, the University is operating normally. The CMT and others will continue throughout tonight and Friday to survey University facilities and respond to storm-related issues as needed.

Off-campus there are a number of problems caused by the storm, including power outages in Winston-Salem and other nearby areas, flooded roads, and downed trees. Affected areas include neighborhoods adjacent to the campus. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to stay alert to any hazards they may encounter.

Officials are working now to assess which University-owned houses around the perimeter of campus may be without power.  

On campus, the Porter Byrum Welcome Center and nearby Starling Hall are currently without electricity, and it is not known when power will be restored.

On campus, a tree came down and blocked Allen Easley Street for a short time this afternoon before it was removed. Trees also have been reported down at other University locations, such as Graylyn Conference Center, Reynolda House and the adjacent Reynolda Village. The University has contractors on hand to respond to downed trees.

Minor water leaks have been reported in some campus buildings, including residence halls.  Facilities and Campus Services staff are responding to all reports of leaks or any kind of water intrusion. 

Flash flooding occurred at various locations on campus today, particularly in some parking lots.  University officials are attempting to determine if any vehicles experienced damage from flash flooding. Such flooding has been receding late today. All on campus are cautioned to stay alert to any flooded streets, parking lots, sidewalks and other areas they may encounter on or off campus. They are also encouraged to stay alert during drives off campus in the days ahead.

University officials urge that no one walk or drive through standing water. In addition, all are encouraged to stay alert to any potentially downed power lines they may see.  

If anyone sees a hazardous condition on campus, please report it to University Police at 336-758-5911.

Tornado watch issued for Forsyth County

posted Oct 11, 2018, 4:51 PM by Mark Anderson

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area until 9 p.m. today. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.

Please monitor weather reports for the latest information. Resources include:

          TV: WXII 12, WFMY 2, Fox 8 or Spectrum News Triad

          Radio: WFDD (88.5 FM) or National Weather Service


Tropical Depression Florence update

posted Sep 16, 2018, 10:14 AM by Mark Anderson

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Depression Florence and its impact to the campus community. Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression last night as wind speeds continue to decrease. Still, we urge everyone to consider their safety and monitor local and regional weather forecasts and road condition reports as Wake Forest plans to resume classes and normal operations tomorrow.

 

The National Weather Service continues to forecast a total of 6-10 inches of rain in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30-35 mph are possible this afternoon and are expected to diminish to less than 15 mph this evening. Local emergency managers are prepared for rain, potential flooding and possible power outages as the storm moves slowly through the Carolinas.


With the majority of students staying in town through the weekend, Wake Forest plans to resume classes and normal operations tomorrow as scheduled. Students who left the area may experience delays returning to campus because of travel conditions. Please monitor highway conditions and travel advisories. While all local airports are open and fully operational, it is best to check with the airlines for up-to-date flight information.


The safety of our students is our primary focus and each individual must make good decisions to ensure they can rejoin the campus at the earliest, safest time possible. Faculty are aware that some students may experience delays in returning to campus. It is important that students unable to make it back to campus communicate with their faculty today.


Unless weather conditions change significantly, we do not anticipate an additional update to the campus community. If 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.


We know some within our campus community have been or have loved ones directly impacted by this storm. The University is prepared to provide support in a number of ways. Resident advisers and graduate hall directors are available to assist students who need to speak with someone here. The University Counseling Center’s 24/7 telephone crisis support is always available to students who need urgent mental health resources at 336-758-5273. Additionally, the Employee Assistance Program offers support resources for faculty and staff.


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Tropical Storm Florence update

posted Sep 15, 2018, 5:02 PM by Mark Anderson

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Florence and its impact to the campus community. We encourage students, faculty and staff to prioritize safety, remain aware of weather conditions and take the duration of this storm seriously. 
 
At this time, we are still planning to resume classes and normal operations on Monday, Sept. 17. 

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that Florence is weakening. Forecasts predict 6-10 inches of rain; however, winds in excess of 30 miles per hour are increasingly less likely. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County conditions will vary significantly depending on the speed and track of the storm, both of which continue to be difficult to predict.

Students returning to campus from outside this area should continue to monitor roadways, airports and regional weather conditions. Students should contact faculty if they anticipate being delayed in returning to campus. 

Wake Forest will provide a mid-day update tomorrow, 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. 

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Tropical Storm Florence Update

posted Sep 15, 2018, 9:43 AM by Mark Anderson

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Florence and its impact to the campus community. Florence continues to move very slowly and was downgraded to a tropical storm last night. Significant rainfall and increased winds are expected to begin here this afternoon, and we urge everyone to prioritize safety, remain alert and take the duration of this storm seriously.

 

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-10 inches of rain and winds of 15-30 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area over the next several days. Local emergency managers continue to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages. The Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown are not in flood prone areas, but flash flooding is expected in parts of the region throughout the weekend and into early next week.


The slow path of the storm has made the timing of its impact on our area especially difficult to predict. We appreciate the cooperation, support and flexibility of our students, faculty and staff. At this time, we are still planning to resume classes and normal operations on Monday, Sept. 17. We will continue to monitor conditions and provide the next update by 8 p.m. tonight, or as weather conditions necessitate.


Power on campus has been reliable to this point and campus services remain available to students, as previously communicated. Facilities and Campus Services staff are working diligently to monitor and address any storm-related impacts on campus.


In the event that off-campus students’ housing becomes uninhabitable (i.e. prolonged power outages, wind damage, flooding, etc.), please contact University Police at 336-758-5591 to reach Residence Life and Housing staff on-call over the weekend. Though we are hoping we won’t need to use it, the University is making preparations to accommodate off-campus students if their housing becomes uninhabitable.


Students returning to campus from outside this area should continue to monitor roadways, airports and regional weather conditions. Students should work with faculty if they anticipate being delayed in returning to campus.


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.


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Hurricane Florence update

posted Sep 14, 2018, 9:52 AM by Mark Anderson

Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to the campus community, which we will begin to experience today.


Hurricane Florence made landfall around 7:15 a.m. near Wilmington, N.C., approximately 225 miles from Winston-Salem. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates 6-10 inches of rain and winds of 15-30 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area over the next several days.


Local emergency managers continue to prepare for rain, winds, potential flooding and possible power outages. Windy conditions have begun and some rain is expected later today. Because the storm is moving slowly, the most significant impacts on our area are now projected to begin on Saturday, with rain and higher winds picking up significantly in the afternoon.


As always, the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty and staff are the University’s highest priorities. While we hope that the impact on our area is less than anticipated, we encourage you to remember these tips, wherever you are:


  • Turn around! Don’t drown! Do not drive through standing water. Turn around and find another path.

  • Avoid touching or approaching any fallen power line. The line and/or surrounding water could be electrically charged.

  • Use caution if you are outside. Avoid standing or walking under large trees. High winds can cause limbs and debris to become loose and/or airborne.


Students returning from outside the region will want to take precautions with highways, airports and keep aware of changing conditions, as well as stay in communication with faculty. The North Carolina Department of Transportation provides real-time traffic conditions on its website. North Carolina airports are advising passengers to check regularly with airlines as flight cancellations are expected to increase throughout the weekend.


Wake Forest will continue to provide mid-day updates Saturday and Sunday about 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.


Some are asking how you can help. As you know, Wake Forest’s LJVM Coliseum is officially open as a shelter to house evacuees from coastal areas, with accommodations for pets. The American Red Cross is managing and operating the shelter in coordination with Forsyth County. Those interested in volunteering may register at www.redcross.org/volunteer.


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Hurricane Florence Update & Campus Services Information

posted Sep 13, 2018, 7:03 AM by Mark Anderson

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.


Dining Services

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.


Transportation

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.

  • Gold/Black Lines - Regular service today. No service on Friday.

  • Wake Downtown - Regular service today. No service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Gray Line Night - Regular service until 11:00 p.m. today. No Friday or weekend service.

  • Target/Hanes Mall - No weekend service.

  • Gray Line Day - Regular service today. No service on Friday.

  • BB&T University Center shuttle to first-year student vehicles (temporary parking location) - Regular service today. No service on Friday.


OnCall Service

  • OnCall service will be available from Thursday at 6:00 p.m. through tonight and into Friday and Saturday, unless weather forecasts or conditions warrant service to end. To get a ride, download the Transloc Rider App at http://translocrider.com or call 336-283-1091.


Student Parking

  • First-year student vehicles should remain parked at the BB&T University Center off Reynolda Road through the weekend. More information will be forthcoming next week regarding the relocation of vehicles from this lot back to the UCC/Freshman Parking lot.

  • Sophomore vehicles should remain parked at the sophomore parking lot through the weekend.


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:

  • Resident advisers and graduate hall directors are available to assist students who need to speak with someone here.

  • The University Counseling Center’s 24/7 telephone crisis support is always available to students at 336-758-5273.

  • Undergraduate students experiencing extraordinary academic circumstances should contact the Office of Academic Advising at undergraduateadvising@wfu.edu. Graduate and professional students should contact their respective Dean’s office.

  • Students who need assistance but do not know who to call should contact University Police (336-758-5591 for non-emergencies, 336-758-5911 for emergencies).

  • Faculty and staff may seek emotional support through the Employee Assistance Program.

  • Parents are encouraged to contact the Office of Family Engagement at parents@wfu.edu should the University need to be aware of any extraordinary circumstances affecting their students. If the need is urgent, please indicate that in the subject line.


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.


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Hurricane Florence update

posted Sep 12, 2018, 10:13 AM by Mark Anderson

Wake Forest University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s potential impact and prioritize the safety of the campus community.


The latest forecasts regarding Hurricane Florence, shared in an 11:30 a.m. briefing from the National Weather Service, show the storm slowing and tracking farther south than predicted earlier this week.


Wake Forest University will remain open for regular hours and operations for Thursday, Sept. 13.


Classes will be canceled and offices will be closed from Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16.


University emergency managers continue to prepare for the storm in consultation with facilities, food services, health services and residence life and housing staff. Residence halls will remain open, food service will be available and Student Health Service will remain available. Additional information about campus services over the weekend, such as the Wake Forest Wellbeing Center, ZSR Library and shuttle transportation, will be issued by Thursday at noon.


Residence Life and Housing plans to send information to off-campus students today regarding how the University can best support them if they experience hurricane-related issues.


Those with questions about the status of scheduled non-class events and activities should contact coordinating programs and offices.


Wake Forest students in online courses or degree programs, as well as students enrolled in programs that meet in Wake Forest facilities outside of Winston-Salem, should contact their program administrators for any updates regarding class meeting schedules and statuses.


Wake Forest recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for the Triad and surrounding areas.


Conditions statewide will vary, so please use your best judgment regarding your own safety.


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.


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Hurricane Florence update

posted Sep 11, 2018, 5:30 PM by Mark Anderson

Wake Forest University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on campus and take steps to keep the campus community safe. University emergency managers continue to prepare for the storm in consultation with facilities, food services, health services and residence life and housing staff.


The National Weather Service has advised that the storm has somewhat slowed its approach, and we are receiving updated forecast models for when Winston-Salem will be impacted. At this time, Wake Forest is preparing for regular class hours and campus operations on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14.


University leaders are working closely with the National Weather Service, and Wake Forest’s emergency managers are meeting regularly with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County emergency management office regarding the latest developments.


We will provide an update on campus plans at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12 following a midday briefing from the National Weather Service.


Students who have questions about the status of scheduled evening events and activities should contact the coordinating programs and offices.


FEMA will operate Wake Forest’s LJVM Coliseum as an evacuation center beginning Wednesday evening for those evacuating coastal areas. This is an indication that our area of the state is considered to be safer than many others.


The University’s highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors. At this point, we believe it is safer to stay on campus than to risk traveling during the storm or risk not being able to return to campus once the storm has passed.


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.

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Hurricane Florence update

posted Sep 11, 2018, 9:15 AM by Mark Anderson

Due to Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area, Wake Forest University continues to monitor the situation and take steps to keep the campus community safe. The University’s highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors.


Wake Forest will remain open for regular hours and operations today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12.


The University plans to communicate a decision regarding classes for Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14, no later than 9 p.m. tonight. In the event that classes are canceled, residence halls and dining services will remain open.


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. Be advised that there will be a test of the Wake Alert system this evening.


While the path of the storm remains uncertain, there is a possibility of 4-10 inches of rain, flooding and tropical storm force winds (over 39 mph). Wake Forest recommends that students, faculty and staff stay informed about weather forecasts for the Triad and surrounding areas. Ready.gov and FEMA offer some helpful guidance about hurricane preparedness.


As the University continues to monitor the storm, the following FAQ provides some answers for students, faculty and staff.


Q: Is Wake Forest planning to evacuate campus?

A: At this time, even if classes are canceled, residence halls and dining services will remain open. Other essential services, such as Student Health Service, will operate on a limited basis (see additional information below). Fortunately, the Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown are not in flood-prone areas. However, Wake Forest’s emergency management team is working to make sure students on campus are as comfortable as possible, given the conditions. For example:


  • Deacon Dining has ordered additional food and water to provide for students on campus.

  • Parking and Transportation has arranged shuttle service for students who wish to pick up their own supplies (see below).

  • The Facilities and Campus Services team is working diligently with pre-storm efforts to minimize water intrusion, maintain power and prepare for strong winds. Clearing residence hall gutters, checking stormwater drains and securing outdoor furniture will continue through Wednesday.

  • Residence Life and Housing is prepared to assist students in their residence halls should issues arise.

  • Off-campus students who experience prolonged power outages are encouraged to contact the Office Residence Life and Housing for assistance. The University is making preparations to accommodate students whose off-campus housing becomes uninhabitable.


Q: Will Wake Forest offer transportation for students wanting additional supplies and provisions?

A: Parking and Transportation will operate a free shuttle for students who would like additional food and supplies from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12. The bus will make a continuous loop to Target (University Parkway), Harris Teeter (Reynolda Road), and Lowes Foods (Reynolda Road). The on-campus pick-up/drop-off location will be in front of the Benson University Center.


Q: Do residence halls have generators?

A: No. Most residence halls have battery backup for emergency lights, fire alarm panels, and other systems relating to safety and navigation. Unauthorized generators are not permitted for safety reasons and will be removed.


The majority of the Reynolda Campus is on an underground power grid and has a far more reliable history of power delivery during most storms than other areas. Students living in North Campus Apartments and houses along Polo Road are on the City of Winston-Salem power grid and have a higher risk of an outage. These students, in particular, may want to take additional measures to stock up on food, water and other emergency preparedness supplies.


In the event of a power outage, all exterior doors on residence halls will remain locked. Staff from the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be available to assist students with gaining access to their communities.


Q: Will Student Health Service have limited hours?

A: Student Health Service will continue normal operations unless classes are canceled. If classes are canceled, SHS will operate on an urgent care model, just as it does after business hours and on weekends. All appointments will be rescheduled but limited staff will be on site to take care of urgent needs. In the event of any emergency, people are always instructed to call 911.  


Q: What if a student needs a prescription refill?

A: Now is the time to avoid last-minute refill requests as resources may be limited. If classes are canceled, the on-campus SHS pharmacy will most likely be closed. Students should contact their off-campus prescribers and have them call in the prescription to an off-campus pharmacy.  If refills are needed by an on-campus physician, SHS will work with area pharmacies to have medications delivered to campus, if possible. Regardless, SHS will have staff available to assist any student if they need help receiving any refill.


Q: How do I know if I’m signed up for Wake Alert text messages?

A: Undergraduate students are required to provide their cell phone number. Faculty, staff, graduate and professional students are encouraged to register. Follow these instructions to make sure your cell phone number is listed.


Q: Will athletic events scheduled for this week still be held?

A: Wake Forest University and the Atlantic Coast Conference office continue to monitor the progress of all weather-related issues as they pertain to athletic events this week. Please monitor all Wake Forest Athletics social media accounts for updates and future notifications.


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