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Campus Prepares for Hurricane Irene

From:  Randy Williams, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Posted:  August 25, 2011:  7:45 pm

As you know, we are now in the hurricane season with the first potential threat scheduled for this weekend.  Other college administrators and I are closely monitoring Hurricane Irene and maintaining contact with the local emergency management agency.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest update at 3:50 pm, it appears that Rocky Mount could experience wind gusts as high as 45 mph and heavy rainfall causing flash flooding.  Consequently, driving in these conditions should be avoided.  Please remember, you should never drive or walk through flooded streets or areas.

The peak of inclement weather will occur Saturday night preceded by scattered showers and thunderstorms on Friday night and Saturday.

We are currently planning to maintain our normal schedule for the academic program and dining services.  We will continue to monitor the storm’s path and make announcements of any required adjustments.  Please monitor the college’s website and your email account for news.

Also, I urge you all to register with FLASHbrief, our emergency notification system by visiting  There, you will find instructions for receiving timely notifications sent to your cell phone, email account, and computer desktop.

To view the Wesleyan Emergency Plan, click here:  Emergency Management Plan

Take care, and click here for additional hurricane safety information provided by the American Red Cross.