Campus Operations and Inclement Weather Alerts

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Severe Weather Alert – Hurricane Isaias

Monday August 3, 2020 (4:30 P.M. EST)

 

NCWC Announces Closing

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.

WEATHER STATUS

At 4:30 p.m. there is little change in the earlier Hurricane forecast or the College’s Plan of Action that was emailed at 11:30 am today.   Below is a diagram from the national Weather Service as to the earliest arrival time of tropical force winds.   The storms forward speed has increased and the storm will likely be felt within the next 4 to 5 hours and should have left our area by tomorrow morning.  Since we can not predict power outages or other damages we shall remain closed Tuesday, as stated earlier.

Monday August 3, 2020 (11:30 A.M. EST)

NCWC Announces Closing

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.

WEATHER STATUS

Current weather forecasts indicate that Tropical Storm Isaias will be a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches North Carolina. The biggest issue for our area is WIND, as we are still seeing estimates of 40 to 50 mph winds with higher gusts. The wind should start picking up this evening and become steady early Tuesday, with strong rain at times.

Additionally, four to six 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 timing of the storm appears to suggest we will see the brunt of the storm tonight between 2:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; however, conditions several hours prior to and after will still remain dangerous and activities should be limited.

COLLEGE STATUS

North Carolina Wesleyan College’s main campus in Rocky Mount, N.C. will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 5. Essential employees shall report on Tuesday, August 4 as directed by your supervisor.

Rocky Mount, Durham and Goldsboro Adult & Professional Studies (APS) will operate Tuesday, August 4 with essential personnel only. Rocky Mount APS classes will be cancelled tonight, Monday, August 3. A decision about whether they will resume Tuesday night will be made by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. Wesleyan students taking classes at local community colleges will follow procedures of that community college.

The NCWC Summer Bridge program is being delayed and will begin on Monday, August 10th.

STUDENTS 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. Hurricanes 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

  • Students remaining on campus must abide by storm-related guidelines that will be issued by Residence Life staff. This may include students being required to move to alternate levels/buildings, not allowed to exit the buildings during peak storm times, etc.
  • Our campus buildings are sturdy structures. Should high winds come our way, follow the instructions of Residence Life 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 we lose power, door readers will not work and Taylor Hall will be manually locked, so be sure to use your key.
  • If we cannot make announcements via usual means that depend upon electricity, look for updates in the Cafeteria and in your lower floor lobby.
  • We will NOT lock the rear gates during this event to provide emergency vehicles access to enter campus through multiple points if needed.
  • 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.

 

MEAL SCHEDULE

The Cafeteria is scheduled to open on a normal schedule. However, we cannot say that a power outage will not occur. Therefore, please consider having bottled water and food available in your rooms. Suggested items include: peanut butter, bread, crackers, oranges, apples, canned food, muffins, chips, breakfast/protein bars and nuts.

VEHICLES

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.

STAFFING

We will have 16 Resident Advisors and 1 Community Leaders on campus, as well as at least 4 non-student Wesleyan or Security personnel on campus throughout this event. A contracted Police Officer will also be present during the evenings. A reminder that your RA or Professional Life staff is your main point of contact.

Other Contacts:

Security 252.406.7928

Res Life On-Duty 252.813.1230

FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

North Carolina Wesleyan College’s emergency response team, led by Director of Safety Wayne Sears, is continuing to closely monitor and assess the impact Hurricane Isaias 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.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

www.ncwc.edu

www.instagram.com/ncwesleyan

www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaWesleyanCollege

www.twitter.com/ncwesleyan

 

WEATHER INFORMATION

www.weather.gov

 

RESOURCES

www.ready.gov

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority.

To register to receive alerts and for more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs (252.985.5178) or Registrar’s Office. The College must have the proper resources to notify you on the Campus Emergency Notification System (Blackboard Connect).

Important Notifications

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.

CONTACTS

Security: 252.406.7928
Res Life Duty Phone: 252.813.1230

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