Severe Weather Update – Tropical Storm Florence


Sunday, September 23, 2018 (8:45 p.m. EDT)

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions about their ability to return to campus based on their own personal safety.

COLLEGE STATUS
The main campus in Rocky Mount and Adult Degree classes held on the Rocky Mount, Durham, Greenville, Manteo & Beaufort campuses opened last week. The Goldsboro campus will reopen Monday, September 24, on a normal schedule. The Wilmington and New Bern locations will remain closed through September 28th.

The following message is directed to those who cannot return safely or for other reasons from Dr. Evan D. Duff, Provost & Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies.

“Faculty, staff and administration understand that some students may have a more difficult time returning to campus than others based on location and conditions following the storm. We have asked faculty to work with you regarding any delays you might experience in returning to campus. Please note that you will still be responsible for any missed lectures or assignments. You should work directly with your professors/instructors regarding missed time following the storm.


Some faculty members may also be prevented from returning to campus. Students should monitor their email daily regarding individual class cancellations from faculty who are unable to return to campus when we reopen.”

 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (3:30 p.m. EDT)

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions about their ability to return to campus based on their own personal safety.

COLLEGE STATUS
The College officially opened today, Wednesday, September 19 for its main campus in Rocky Mount and Adult Degree classes held on the Rocky Mount, Durham, Greenville, Manteo & Beaufort campuses. This includes online classes. Students should work with their instructors to keep up with assignments and deadlines.

Wilmington, New Bern and Goldsboro locations will be closed the remainder of the week. At this time, Goldsboro will plan to open on Monday, September 24. Many students in Wilmington and New Bern are still without power, have lost their homes or have evacuated and are not able to return until this weekend, possibly later. Wilmington has been advised by the power company that power may not be fully restored until Sunday, September 23. We will continue to assess the situation in these two locations and provide updates on openings for these areas.

The following message is directed to those who cannot return safely or for other reasons from Dr. Evan D. Duff, Provost & Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies

“Faculty, staff and administration understand that some students may have a more difficult time returning to campus than others based on location and conditions following the storm. We have asked faculty to work with you regarding any delays you might experience in returning to campus. Please note that you will still be responsible for any missed lectures or assignments. You should work directly with your professors/instructors regarding missed time following the storm.

Some faculty members may also be prevented from returning to campus. Students should monitor their email daily regarding individual class cancellations from faculty who are unable to return to campus when we reopen.”

 


Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (4:15 p.m. EDT)

COLLEGE STATUS
The College will officially reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19 for its main campus in Rocky Mount and Adult Degree classes held on the Rocky Mount, Durham, Greenville, Manteo & Beaufort campuses. This includes online classes. Students should work with their instructors to keep up with assignments and deadlines.

All Adult Studies classes on the Goldsboro campus will be closed on Wednesday, September 19 with hopes of reopening on Thursday, September 20.

Wilmington and New Bern locations will be closed the remainder of the week. Many students from these areas are still without power, have lost their homes or have evacuated and are not able to return until this weekend, possibly later. Wilmington has been advised by the power company that power may not be fully restored until Sunday, September 23.

The following message is directed to those who cannot return safely or for other reasons from Dr. Evan D. Duff, Provost & Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies

“Faculty, staff and administration understand that some students may have a more difficult time returning to campus than others based on location and conditions following the storm. We have asked faculty to work with you regarding any delays you might experience in returning to campus. Please note that you will still be responsible for any missed lectures or assignments. You should work directly with your professors/instructors regarding missed time following the storm.

Some faculty members may also be prevented from returning to campus. Students should monitor their email daily regarding individual class cancellations from faculty who are unable to return to campus when we reopen.”

 


Sunday, September 16, 2018 (4:00 p.m. EDT)

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions about their ability to return to campus based on their own personal safety. Employees who are unable to safely make it to work Wednesday morning should notify their supervisor.

COLLEGE STATUS
ALL NCWC campus locations will be closed Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18. Classes on our main campus in Rocky Mount and all Adult Degree classes will resume on Wednesday, September 19. Students will be allowed to return to their residence halls beginning at noon on Tuesday, September 18. Again, students are encouraged to make travel decisions based on their own personal safety. Upon arrival to campus, all students are asked to make contact with their Area Director, Steve Burrell, Janet Morrison or LaKenya Drayton to make them aware of your return.

All Adult Studies classes held within the confines of another educational institution, please follow that location’s directions on openings and closings. The Durham and Goldsboro locations will be handled directly with those programs’ administrations.

Online classes are still proceeding and students should be working at this time with their instructors to keep up with assignments, and deadlines, if they have power and internet.

The Blue and Gold Café will remain on a weekend schedule. The shuttle will run meal time modified hours today and tomorrow (Sunday, September 17), then resume to its normal weekend schedule beginning Monday morning.

The following message is directed to those who cannot return safely or for other reasons from Dr. Evan D. Duff, Provost & Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies

 “Faculty, staff and administration urge students to remain safe and cautious as they return to campus. We understand that some students may have a more difficult time returning to campus than others based on location and conditions following the storm. We have asked faculty to work with you regarding any delays you might experience in returning to campus. Please note that you will still be responsible for any missed lectures or assignments. You should work directly with your professors/instructors regarding missed time following the storm.

Some faculty members may also be prevented from returning to campus. Students should monitor their email daily regarding individual class cancellations from faculty who are unable to return to campus when we reopen.”

WEATHER UPDATE
Last night, the College continued to receive gusty wind and rain. We had several “down pours” before lunch but the wind and rain at this time are light. We have had one minor leak and that was in the Dunn Center. A leak in a first floor room of Nash was determined to be plumbing related.

Please continue to keep the hundreds-of-thousands who have been, and are being impacted this very minute, in your hearts, minds and prayers.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 (5:00 p.m. EDT)

As we announced earlier today, ALL NCWC’s campuses are closed through Monday night (September 17th). This includes online classes. Our Emergency Response Team will meet tomorrow morning to discuss the current situation for our area and the College’s plans for Tuesday, September 18 based on the information available at time. We will continue to communicate all decisions through student email, website, social media and the Wes App.

We hope all of our Bishops and their families continue to stay safe.

 


Saturday, September 15, 2018 (10:15 a.m. EDT)

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.

COLLEGE STATUS
This is a quick update on the current weather conditions at the College to continue to keep our Bishop Family aware of our conditions.

The Governor, and the Office of Emergency Management, has asked our citizens not to travel at this time. Therefore, we are still asking students NOT to return to NCWC at this time. The College will remain closed through Monday night.  This includes online classes. We will continue to evaluate and make decisions on the resumption of a regular schedule over the next few days.

This remains a dangerous situation with storm conditions still to our south. To emphasize how bad this situation remains the Nash County phone system into the Emergency Operations Center is out- EXCEPT for 911.

The College continues to have breezy winds and rain. There are several small branches and leaves that have fallen throughout campus. We have lost a single tree, a pine, in the forested are near the fountain. There was a minor leak in the Everette Gym that appears to be related to the air conditioner unit and not the rain. A storm drain clogged at the Dunn Center North lot, second row from Eli, that caused high water on that row and threatened a single car. Thankfully the single vehicle impacted was not damaged.

Isolated tornadoes, thunderstorms and winds strong enough to topple trees, especially due to saturated soils from rain, are still a real possibility. The isolated tornado cell that traveled to the South of the College yesterday, as well as the pine tree that fell last night in the front of the College is a reminder of how dangerous this situation remains. Please continue to stay smart, stay strong and stay safe.

DINING
The cafeteria will be open for brunch and dinner. Please note that dinner will stop at 6:30 p.m. so employees can clean up and get home before the Rocky Mount City curfew.

SHUTTLE
The Shuttle will run from The Wesleyan Inn to accommodate those using the Cafe today, Saturday, September 15 and tomorrow, Sunday, September 16. Check your email for details on the shuttle schedule arrangements.

No issues were reported by security last night. Our team continues to be on campus and checking all buildings including classrooms, The Dunn Center, gym, etc.

We expect winds to remain “gusty” for the rest of the day with strong rain bands and a possible thunderstorm or two. Temperature is in the high 70’s and very humid. Florence is moving very slow and as it moves across South Carolina today AND tomorrow its outer bands will continue to bring us rain, wind and a possibility of an isolated tornado.

REMINDER
The City still has a curfew in effect form 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Remember those who have now lost their lives due to this terrible storm and remember their families.

 


Friday, September 14, 2018 (9:00 a.m. EDT)

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions about leaving or staying based on their own personal safety.

COLLEGE STATUS
This is a quick update on the current weather conditions at the College. To continue to keep our Bishop Family aware of our conditions, video footage is scheduled to go out around mid-morning.

Last night, the College received gusty winds, as we continue to have at this time. Rain came and went throughout the night, but there was never a steady downpour. No flooding or leaks at this time. There are several small branches and leaves that have fallen throughout campus, but no trees or large branches at this time.

All students are reported to be in good spirits and did great last night! Many are tired as they stayed up in groups and hung out for most of the night.

Sodexo did an outstanding job putting 300 meal kits in the hands of our students last night prior to 7 p.m., so students are fully prepared with food and water. The water is still on and we do not foresee this to be an issue; however, in preparation for these conditions dozens of cases of additional water was distributed to Residence halls.

No issues were reported by security last night. Our team is on campus and out checking all buildings including classrooms, The Dunn Center, gym, etc.

We expect winds to remain “gusty” for the rest of the day with strong rain bands and a possible thunderstorm or two. Temperature is in the high 70’s and very humid. Florence, which made landfall around 7:15 this morning in SE North Carolina is going to linger and slowly move South West into South Carolina throughout the day. This means these conditions will remain with us for the rest of the day.

A thought for all Bishops here and at home – Down East North and South Carolina is being severely wrecked with epic flood waters and storm surge. Over 200 people have been rescued in New Bern NC alone. Some areas have already had 15 inches of rain and this will continue throughout the day. This storm is going to change many lives forever. Please pray and think of those who at this very minute are in peril. We will be looking at how we can help our neighbors and fellow Bishops as soon as we come back together. Be Safe Bishops!

 


Thursday, September 13, 2018 (4:15 p.m. EDT)

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions about leaving or staying based on their own personal safety.

COLLEGE STATUS
North Carolina Wesleyan College is closed through Sunday, September 16. A decision regarding any possible closing after Sunday will be communicated at a later time.

WEATHER UPDATE
We have seen a little breeze today, it has been cloudy all day and so far we have had a brief rain shower. As previously stated, Hurricane Florence remains a major storm. Wind estimates for our area have diminished with current models now pushing Florence deeper into South Carolina. However; tropical storm winds are still likely for late Thursday and Friday. The biggest issue for our area is RAIN. We expect Florence to be a slow moving protracted storm that may dump rain on eastern NC for 48 hours. We are still seeing estimates of up to ten (10) inches for Rocky Mount with some areas possibly exceeding one foot. The possibility of power outages and major flooding along the Tar River and local creeks are still very high. The College is not along any river or creek basin, but some of our people may have difficulty getting to campus if they have to cross those boundaries.

CURFEW – The City of Rocky Mount has announced a curfew effective tonight, September 13 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday; Friday, September 14 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Saturday, September 15 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday morning. This means you will not be allowed to leave campus or the Wesleyan Inn during those times. The Wesleyan Inn shuttle will not operate after 7:15 p.m., tonight and will not resume until further notice.

NEXT 24 HOURS
During a major storm as Hurricane Florence, we always first highly encourage students if they have a safer place to go that is further from the storm’s path… to do so. For students staying on campus, our main priority is to provide them a sturdy, safe location. In this case our dorms are the safest buildings on campus for students, as they are built with cement walls and floors. We ensure students have basic necessities on hand. Once these are in place, we must wait out the storm. 

  1. A STURDY & SAFE LOCATION: Our buildings are safe. They are block and cement with very thick reinforced cement floors and ceilings. This also goes for the Quad and the Wesleyan Inn. The Wesleyan Villas have been vacated. The campus is on high ground and has never flooded. Our parking lots may temporarily retain water given the quantity of rain expected but should not affect any buildings. The Wesleyan Inn front parking lot drains very well, however the slope of the rear lot will cause water to stand. Students have been asked to move all vehicles away from the rear parking lot. In preparation for the storm, our Facilities Team has put down sand bags, cleaned drain lines leading away from the building, cut down trees, and cleared ditches/culverts to ensure water flows away from the building.
  1. BASIC NECESSITIES: The cafeteria will be closed Friday September 14. ALL STUDENTS WHO REMAIN ON CAMPUS SHOULD COME TO THE CAFETERIA BETWEEN 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. TODAY! At this time, students will be given sandwiches, fruit, snacks and water to take back their rooms until the cafeteria reopens. Students have been notified via email, social media and via signs around campus. First aid kits have also been distributed to all residence halls.
  1. WAITING OUT THE STORM: The height of the storm at campus is expected to be Friday. During that time, students will be in their residence halls with provisions. They may or may not have power to run TV, computers, phones, air-conditioning, etc. until power is restored. It is uncertain how long our campus will be without power as that is dependent on the City of Rocky Mount.

We have encouraged all students remaining on campus to stay in touch with their families. Rest assure we are doing everything possible to keep all students safe and as comfortable as possible.

STAFFING
We have 13 Resident Advisors on campus as well as at least 9 non-student Wesleyan or Security personnel on campus throughout this event, including at least one Rocky Mount Police Officer. A reminder that your RA or Professional Life Staff is your main point of contact as they are out in resident halls. Other Contacts:
Security…………………….252.406.7928
Res Life Duty Phone….252.813.1230

CAMPUS OFFICES
All campus offices closed at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed until the College reopens.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS
Given the timing of the storm’s arrival and likelihood of debris and falling limbs, etc. we ask that all students remain inside the residence halls from 8 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday, Friday night 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday and Saturday night 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday. During the daylight hours Friday students should remain in the residence halls until Residence Life staff announces it is safe to leave the building. After the storm has passed, please be careful of debris, fallen limbs and trees and use care for any possible down power lines. If you have any question about the safety of an area, avoid that area and use another route.

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 lower levels/alternate 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 (current predictions are for more than 10 inches), trees could fall because of the ground being soaked, as well as from high winds. Stay indoors for protection — flying debris, falling limbs or trees or downed power lines create significant risk.
  • If we have power loss, we will be working with Virginia Electric and Power (VEPCO) 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 and Eli 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.
  • If we lose power, door readers will not work and Eli 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.
  • Be sure to have cash on hand. If the power goes out, ATMS and credit/debit card readers will not work.
  • Fill your car with gas. If the power goes out, the pumps will not work.
  • Charge all phones, computers and other electronic devices and 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 current with weather information through sources of your choice. Hurricanes can speed up, slow down, change tracks, etc., so what you learn at night may not be true by morning and throughout the next day. 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 also let them know you are trying to reserve power charges on your devices. Have an emergency communication plan.
  • We will NOT lock the rear gates during this event to provide emergency vehicles access to enter campus through multiple points if needed.

VEHICLES
Move your car to a safe spot on campus. Do not park under large trees or where flooding is a concern. 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.

GENERAL TIPS
Please be safe and smart! If you are on campus and need help, use the on-duty phone number or the Campus Security phone number. Look for emails from the school to stay updated.

FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
The College will continue to monitor weather conditions as the storm progresses. Weather updates and closing information will be communicated through Blackboard alerts, email, social media and our website. Recorded updates can also be obtained by calling 252.985.5463. We will make updates multiple times a day and more frequently as needed. On Saturday afternoon we will begin to communicate about projected re-opening dates or an extension of this closing.

COLLEGE INFORMATION
www.ncwc.edu
www.instagram.com/ncwesleyan
www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaWesleyanCollege
www.twitter.com

WEATHER INFORMATION
www.weather.gov

RESOURCES
www.gasbuddy.com – Locate Gasoline
www.redcross.org/get-help – Shelter Locations
www.ready.gov – Emergency Preparedness

*A reminder that if we lose power our buildings will not have full lighting, air conditioning, internet or WIFI capabilities.

Be smart. Be strong. Be safe. Together we will weather the storm.

 


Thursday, September 13, 2018 (6:19 a.m. EDT)

CURFEW – The City of Rocky Mount has announced a CURFEW effective Thursday, September 13 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.; Friday, September 14 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Saturday, September 15 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. This means you will not be allowed to leave campus or the Wesleyan Inn during those times.  We are finalizing meal preparations for those students who will be affected by the curfew. The shuttle will not be able to operate during this time.

 


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (1:53 p.m. EDT)

Note: The safety of the NC Wesleyan College community is our highest priority. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to make decisions about leaving or staying based on their own personal safety.

WEATHER ADVISORY
North Carolina Wesleyan College is closed through Sunday, September 16.

WEATHER UPDATE
Hurricane Florence remains a major storm. Wind estimates for our area have diminished with current models now pushing Florence deeper into South Carolina. However; tropical storm winds are still likely for late Thursday and Friday. The biggest issue for our area is RAIN.  We expect Florence to be a slow moving protracted storm that may dump rain on eastern NC for 48 hours. We are still seeing estimates of ten (10) inches or more for Rocky Mount with pockets exceeding one foot. The possibility of power outages and major flooding along the Tar River and local creeks are still very high. The College is not along any river or creek basin, but some of our people may have difficulty getting to campus if they have to cross those boundaries.

CURFEW – The City of Rocky Mount has announced a CURFEW from 8 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday
This means you will not be allowed to leave campus or the Wesleyan Inn during those times.  We are finalizing meal preparations for those students who will be affected by the curfew. The shuttle will not be able to operate during this time.

STAFFING
We remain staffed with our Professional Life team, and those RAs deemed essential will remain here on duty throughout the event.  Our security officers and police officers will be on campus for the next two nights. Our Courtesy Officer, Officer Tamika Locke, will be on duty Friday night through this event!  Remember your RA or Professional Life Staff person is your primary contact. Other contacts:
Security…………………….252.406.7928
Res Life Duty Phone….252.813.1230 

CAMPUS OFFICES
All campus offices closed at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed until the College reopens.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS
All residential students were required to notify Residence Life Staff where they plan to stay during the storm. You should have already communicated this to your RA. IF YOU HAVE NOT, you must email your plans to ResLife@ncwc.edu.  We strongly encourage all residential students to travel home or find a friend with whom they can stay. Students who are leaving campus should do so no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 12. The Office of Residence Life will send an email to residential students planning to stay.  This email will be distributed before 5 p.m.  Additional details for those remaining on campus are below:

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 lower levels/alternate 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 (current predictions are for more than 10 inches), trees could fall because of the ground being soaked, as well as from high winds. Stay indoors for protection — flying debris, falling limbs or trees or downed power lines create significant risk.
  • If we have power loss, we will be working with Virginia Electric and Power (VEPCO) 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 and Eli 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.
  • If we lose power, door readers will not work and Eli 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.
  • Be sure to have cash on hand. If the power goes out, ATMS and credit/debit card readers will not work.
  • Fill your car with gas. If the power goes out, the pumps will not work.
  • Charge all phones, computers and other electronic devices and 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 current with weather information through sources of your choice. Hurricanes can speed up, slow down, change tracks, etc., so what you learn at night may not be true by morning and throughout the next day. 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 also let them know you are trying to reserve power charges on your devices. Have an emergency communication plan.
  • We will NOT lock the rear gates during this event to provide emergency vehicles access to enter campus through multiple points if needed.

MEAL SCHEDULE
For those staying on campus, meal service will continue on a regular schedule Tuesday evening. The remaining week will convert to the weekend serving schedule: brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students are highly encouraged to obtain snacks, drinks and a flashlight with extra batteries as meal service could be interrupted during peak storm times.

The curfew will impact Friday meal service. We are finalizing arrangements on how to handle this and will communicate the plan to you soon through email. REMEMBER…

  • Service interruptions may last more than the 36 hours (projected for the curfew).
  • Buy bottled water or gallons of water. If you cannot find water to purchase, use any container and fill with water from water fountains throughout campus.
  • Have a flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Have snacks and food that do not require refrigeration or microwaving.
  • Suggested foods include: peanut butter, bread, crackers, oranges, apples, canned food, muffins, chips, breakfast/protein bars and nuts

VEHICLES
Move your car to a safe spot on campus. Do not park under large trees or where flooding is a concern. 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.

PREP TIPS FOR LEAVING CAMPUS

  • Take your valuables with you.
  • Unplug anything in your room in case there is a power surge or outage. It will protect your items.
  • Move any valuable items away from your window
  • Place any valuables on lower ground in your desk drawers, closet floor, storage areas by your bed or on top of your bed.

GERNERAL TIPS
Please be safe and smart! If you are on campus and need help, use the on-duty phone number or the Campus Security phone number. Look for emails from the school to stay updated.

FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
The College will continue to monitor weather conditions as the storm progresses. Weather updates and closing information will be communicated through Blackboard alerts, email, social media and our website. Recorded updates can also be obtained by calling 252.985.5463. We will make updates multiple times a day and more frequently as needed. On Saturday afternoon we will begin to communicate about projected re-opening dates or an extension of this closing.

COLLEGE INFORMATION
www.ncwc.edu
www.instagram.com/ncwesleyan
www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaWesleyanCollege
www.twitter.com

WEATHER INFORMATION
www.weather.gov

RESOURCES
www.redcross.org/get-help – Shelter Locations
www.ready.gov – Emergency Preparedness

*A reminder that if we lose power our buildings will not have full lighting, air conditioning, internet or WIFI capabilities.

In general, be smart, err on the side of safety, and stay calm.

 


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Updated 4:21 p.m. EDT)

WEATHER ADVISORY
North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Emergency Preparedness Team is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and the anticipated impact for our area. As a result of the most recent weather reports, the College will be closed for students beginning Wednesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 16. This includes online classes.

ATHLETICS
All athletic events and mandatory practices are cancelled beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.

CAMPUS OFFICES
Faculty and staff will work tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12 until noon unless otherwise authorized by your Vice President. Essential personnel will remain on duty as assigned by their supervisors.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS
All residential students are required to notify Residence Life Staff where they plan to stay during the storm. If you have not already communicated this to your RA, email your plans to ResLife@ncwc.edu. It is strongly encouraged that all residential students travel home or find a friend with whom they can stay. Students who are leaving campus should do so by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12. The Office of Residence Life will send an email to residential students planning to stay by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12. Additional details for those remaining on campus are below:

  • 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 lower levels/alternate buildings, not allowed to exit the buildings during peak storm times, etc.
  • MEAL SCHEDULE
    For those staying on campus, meal service will continue on a regular schedule Tuesday evening. The remaining week will convert to the weekend serving schedule: brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students are highly encouraged to obtain snacks, drinks, and a flashlight with extra batteries as meal serve could be interrupted during peak storm times.
  • 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.

FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
The College will continue to monitor weather conditions as the storm progresses. Weather updates and closing information will be communicated through Blackboard alerts, email, social media and our website. 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

WEATHER INFORMATION
www.weather.gov

RESOURCES
www.redcross.org/get-help – Shelter Locations
www.ready.gov – Emergency Preparedness

*A reminder that if we lose power our buildings will not have full lighting, air conditioning, internet or WIFI capabilities.

 


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (1:15 p.m. EDT)

North Carolina Wesleyan College will close Wednesday, September 12, to allow our students, faculty and staff time to prepare for Hurricane #Florence. Athletic events and mandatory practices are cancelled after 8:00 p.m. this evening. At this time, the College will remain closed through Sunday, September 16. Any changes in this schedule will be communicated through NCWC’s emergency alert system, campus email, social media and our website. Residential students are strongly encouraged to travel home or find a friend with whom to stay during the storm. More information for residential students remaining on campus will be posted soon.

 


Monday, September 10, 2018 (Updated 9:36 p.m. EDT)

Based on the current forecast models for #Florence, North Carolina is under a weather alert for heavy rain and strong winds from Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 16. We are closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and the impact expected for our locations. It is expected to impact the Main Rocky Mount Campus area between Wednesday night and mid-day Thursday. As of today, NC Wesleyan Main Campus is operating under a normal schedule. Adult Studies classes held within the confines of another educational institution, please follow that location’s directions on openings and closings. The Durham and Goldsboro locations will be handled directly with those programs’ administration. A decision will be made and announced tomorrow, September 11, at noon on any closing plan for the College’s Rocky Mount Campus.

Power outages are possible, along with the likelihood of downed trees and powerlines. To prepare:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and limit use except when necessary. If the power goes out, computers will be down. We’ll need to contact you via phone/email. Call, text or email home to let them know you are safe.
  • Stock up on bottled water, snacks, ready-to-eat food and a small LED flashlight. Don’t wait until the last minute to get these items.
  • DO NOT go outside during high winds and heavy rains. Avoid driving if possible. Flooded roads pose a serious danger. If you encounter a flooded road, #TurnAroundDontDrown.

Keep a check on your email this week, our main NCWC social media accounts, the website and the Wes App for updates.

Tune in tomorrow, September 11, at noon on our main NCWC Facebook page for a LIVE update.

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