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Tornado Warning

Wake Alert Emergency. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Seek shelter now. Go to the lowest level of a building. Stay away from doors and windows. Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of those on our campus. The current NWS warning is in […]

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WFU Test of Emergency System

This is a TEST of the WFU Wake Alert System. The test is being conducted to assure that the emergency notification system is operating properly. Testing is being carried out by the University Police Department and the Office of Communications and External Relations. No action is required in response to this message. Emergency procedures can […]

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Voluntary Evacuation Area Reduced

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, the city of Winston-Salem will reduce the voluntary evacuation area to a radius of one-eighth of a mile from 4440 N. Cherry Street. Faculty, staff and students who were displaced are now permitted to return to their homes. Classes remain canceled for the Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown […]

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Classes canceled for Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4

Following the University’s announcement today that classes and normal operations would resume tomorrow, we received additional information from students and families regarding the scope and degree of challenges faced by those displaced. This understanding has informed a decision by academic leadership to cancel classes on the Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown and Brookstown for the remainder […]

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Classes will resume in person on Thursday, Feb. 3

Based on updated safety information from emergency responders and city officials and after in-depth discussions among the University’s leadership, the Reynolda campus, Wake Downtown and Brookstown will resume in-person classes on Thursday, Feb. 3. Normal operations also will resume for staff. Students displaced by the voluntary evacuation are receiving support as needed, and campus operations […]

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Classes canceled on Wednesday, Feb. 2

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the continued disruption and displacement of students, faculty, and staff living in the voluntary evacuation zone, Wake Forest will cancel classes on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Staff who are not needed to support the evacuation effort and are able to work remotely are encouraged to do […]

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Update on fire and evacuation

On Monday evening, a fire at the fertilizer plant at 4440 N. Cherry Street in Winston-Salem led to the Winston-Salem Fire Department asking for the evacuation of residents living within a one-mile radius. Faculty, staff and students who reside inside that radius are encouraged to leave the area. The Winston-Salem Fire Department said that the […]

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Classes canceled for Tuesday, Feb. 1; overnight housing available for those evacuating

Because of the impact of the fire on North Cherry Street, Wake Forest will cancel classes on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Staff who are not needed to support the evacuation effort and are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. If you are unsure if you should report to campus, contact your supervisor. Wake […]

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Voluntary evacuations requested for some areas of off-campus housing

Because of a fire at 4440 N. Cherry Street, the Winston-Salem Fire Department is asking for voluntary evacuations by residents within a one-mile radius of that address. That includes off-campus housing north of Polo Road between Cherry Street and Long Drive. (See image of one-mile radius.) On-campus housing is not included in the evacuation. Any […]

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Update on this morning’s emergency alerts

Early this morning, the University received anonymous phone calls with shooting-related threats. An emergency shelter-in-place message was sent while University Police and Winston-Salem Police investigated the threat. At 5 a.m., an all-clear message was shared as the call was determined to be a hoax. It is safe for students, faculty and staff to resume regular […]

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