Campus Operations and Inclement Weather Alerts
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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 4:50 p.m.
Severe Weather Alert – Tropical Storm ELSA
NCWC Announces No Closings Planned
Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions based on their own personal safety.
Current weather forecasts indicate that Tropical Storm Elsa may be downgraded to Tropical Depression Elsa by the time it arrives in North Carolina. The biggest concern for our area at this time are winds up to and possibly exceeding 35 MPH. The wind should start picking up in the morning and become steady early Thursday morning, with strong bands of rain at times.
Elsa is currently expected to move Northward through North Carolina along the U.S. 1 Corridor in the vicinity of Durham, NC. Elsa’s strongest winds and rain are projected to be up to 60 miles to the northeast and east of its center.
Additionally, two to three inches of rain could fall in the Rocky Mount area. The College is not located along any river or creek basin, and inland river flooding is not expected due to the rapid movement of the storm as it passes through our area. However, low areas could flood as well as small inland streams.
The brunt of the storm is expected at this time to be tomorrow between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; however, conditions several hours prior to and after will remain concerning and activities should be limited.
North Carolina Wesleyan College’s main campus in Rocky Mount, N.C. will operate on a normal schedule on Thursday, July 8.
Rocky Mount, Durham and Goldsboro Adult & Professional Studies (APS) campuses are expected to operate on a normal schedule as well at this time. Any change necessary to this schedule will be made independently by each location. Rocky Mount APS classes are also currently scheduled to operate as normal. Wesleyan students taking classes at a local community college should follow procedures of that community college’s campus.
STUDENTS/GUEST ON CAMPUS
BEFORE THE STORM
- Be sure to have cash on hand. If the power goes out, ATMs and credit/debit card readers will not work.
- Fill your cars with gas. If the power goes out, the pumps will not work.
- Charge all phones, computers, electronic devices and mobile chargers ahead of time.
- If you have power, stay in touch with faculty for any class announcements or assignments. Understand that they might not have power at their homes. Check periodically to see what is new for your classes.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest weather conditions. Tropical Storms can speed up, slow down, change tracks— so information you receive at night may not be the same by morning. Many weather apps are available for downloading to mobile devices (see links below).
- Be in touch with your family and closest friends who will worry about you, but be mindful to reserve power on your devices. Have an emergency communication plan.
DURING THE STORM
- Our campus buildings are sturdy structures. Should high winds come our way, follow the instructions of staff and move to the center of hallways, well away from any glass. If you are on the third floor, move to a lower floor.
- If we have significant rainfall, trees could fall because of the ground being soaked, as well as from high winds. Stay indoors for protection— flying debris, falling limbs, trees or downed power lines create significant risk.
- If we have power loss, we will be working with Dominion Energy and the City of Rocky Mount to restore power as soon as possible. CANDLES ARE PROHIBITED IN ANY CAMPUS BUILDING. Flashlights, battery-powered lanterns or electronic devices may be used instead. If power goes out, emergency lights at exits and stairwells will operate due to our emergency generator in all main buildings and residence halls. At the Quad (Boddie, Jin, Bradley & Taylor Halls), emergency lighting is on battery backup. Therefore, lighting in these buildings will stay on for a short period of time (approximately 15-90 minutes), but eventually will go out as well. In these cases we will have battery lanterns to place in halls and stairwells.
- If you have to go out in a vehicle NEVER drive through a flooded road, Turn Around- Don’t Drown®. Freshwater drowning is the highest killer of all hurricane deaths followed by electrocutions from stepping on downed power lines.
- One of the most dangerous aspects of these type storms is their ability to spin up small, quickly forming, weak tornadoes without warning. If you hear a loud roar of wind or see debris in the air, seek immediate shelter in a low area of a structure and remain away from windows and doors. Area for severe weather sheltering are marked throughout campus with Green lettering on white signs.
All students who remain on campus are encouraged to move their cars to The Dunn Center parking lots. The Dunn Center is well-drained and has fewer trees in its vicinity, which will minimize branches falling on cars and any flooding concerns. However, DO NOT park in the lower NE corner of the South Dunn Center lot as it also floods as well as the far south end of the Boddie Hall lot.
Security will be on duty 24 hours a day, if needed call 252.406.7928.
North Carolina Wesleyan College’s emergency response team, led by Director of Safety Wayne Sears, is continuing to closely monitor and assess the impact Tropical Storm Elsa may have on the College. Weather updates and/or changes to this current plan will be communicated through Blackboard alerts, email, social media and ncwc.edu. Recorded updates can also be obtained by calling 252.985.5463.
Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority.
The NCWC Alert webpage, ncwc.edu/alerts, is the primary location for emergency news and situational updates. In case of campus emergencies or other notification devices activate, NCWC Alert webpage is the most accurate source of real time information.
In an emergency, NC Wesleyan will send out text messages as quick as possible. Please remember that delivery of text messages to your device is dependent on your provider and may be delayed. Text messages are only used for serious emergencies and not for follow up information unless it is needed for public safety.