Planning for Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma Campus Update

Sunday, Sept. 10th

While the University continues to monitor the weather situation with Hurricane Irma, we anticipate a regular schedule on Monday, Sept. 11th.

We urge students, faculty and staff traveling to campus to use your best judgment and be cautious. At Gardner-Webb, we continue to remember in our prayers everyone facing this extraordinary storm.

 

Statement: Friday 4:15 p.m.

The University continues to carefully monitor Hurricane Irma.

As of Friday afternoon, we expect to have classes as scheduled on Monday, Sept. 11th.

We will be updating the University homepage at gardner-webb.edu and all of our social channels should changes occur. Please check over the coming weekend for the latest information.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Our thoughts and prayers are with the thousands of individuals already impacted by recent weather-related events, and Gardner-Webb campus ministries is reaching out to GWU family who are and have been in harm’s way.

While the course of Hurricane Irma is not fixed, we know there is a possibility that Gardner-Webb could be in the storm’s path. While we prepare for many scenarios, the most likely risk could be extended loss of power and downed trees.

What we are doing?

• We are working closely with local emergency management officials to monitor the latest weather information and will heed all public safety directives.

• We are preparing our supplies and communications systems to respond should we be in the path of the storm.

• We are increasing non-perishable food supplies for our students through our dining and food services.

• We are developing staffing plans to provide for safety in the event of loss of power.

• We are carefully weighing the options to proactively cancel classes based on the forecasts. An update on this decision is planned for Friday afternoon.

• We will post information here, but the primary means of emergency communication will be our mass notification system: www.gwunotify.sendwordnow.com

What you can do?

• IN THE EVENT OF A POWER OUTAGE – DO NOT USE CANDLES, GRILLS OR HAVE ANY COMBUSTIBLE DEVICES INDOORS AT ANY TIME.

• IF YOU REMAIN ON CAMPUS, PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOUR RESIDENCE HALL STAFF ARE AWARE OF YOUR DECISION TO REMAIN ON CAMPUS AND INFORM THEM SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE.

• Make certain that you have registered and updated your emergency contact information at www.gwunotify.sendwordnow.com.

• Consider adding parents, spouse or other important contact information to your sendwordnow account.

• Consider purchasing a flashlight and spare batteries; LED lights last longer.

• Consider back up power options for cell phones.

• Consider stocking up on bottled water / non- perishable food.

Gardner-Webb will provide updates on our website and throughout our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.