Wake Forest University continues to monitor Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on campus and take steps to keep the campus community safe. University emergency managers continue to prepare for the storm in consultation with facilities, food services, health services and residence life and housing staff.

The National Weather Service has advised that the storm has somewhat slowed its approach, and we are receiving updated forecast models for when Winston-Salem will be impacted. At this time, Wake Forest is preparing for regular class hours and campus operations on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14.

University leaders are working closely with the National Weather Service, and Wake Forest’s emergency managers are meeting regularly with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County emergency management office regarding the latest developments.

We will provide an update on campus plans at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12 following a midday briefing from the National Weather Service.

Students who have questions about the status of scheduled evening events and activities should contact the coordinating programs and offices.

FEMA will operate Wake Forest’s LJVM Coliseum as an evacuation center beginning Wednesday evening for those evacuating coastal areas. This is an indication that our area of the state is considered to be safer than many others.

The University’s highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and visitors. At this point, we believe it is safer to stay on campus than to risk traveling during the storm or risk not being able to return to campus once the storm has passed.

All Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations