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University has plan for communicating when threatening weather is predicted

With spring being a time when severe storms that may include tornadoes are possible, Wake Forest has a plan in place for communicating with the University community about such weather.

On days when extraordinarily severe storms are predicted, the University’s plan calls for a message to be emailed to students, faculty and staff encouraging them to stay alert to weather reports.  Current forecasts are widely available on local TV stations, such as WXII, WGHP, WFMY and Spectrum’s News 14.  Information is also easily accessed from other news organizations, such as The Weather Channel. The University also has WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.  They offer detailed weather information. The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts

If the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch or warning, Wake Forest would activate the Wake Alert emergency notification system to inform students, faculty and staff using several communication methods.  For a warning, the University would use email, voice mail (cell phones registered to receive University alerts), text, the University website (including the Wake Alert website) and social media, at least.  For a watch, all but voice mail would be used.  The University, potentially, would use additional methods.

For more information about how the University communicates about emergencies and similar safety/security matters, visit Wake Ready.

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University uses several methods to announce weather-related closings, delays

Students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest will be informed of any weather-related campus closings and delays this winter by numerous means.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations will do the following:

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Categories: Inside WFU

Wake Forest to test Wake Alert today Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

This announcement was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff today, Nov. 15, by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

This is a reminder that Wake Forest will test its Wake Alert emergency notification system today, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m.

On campus, people will hear a test message from outdoor speakers distributed at several campus locations, including outside BB&T Field.  Chimes will be heard from the outdoor alert system, initially, followed by a pre-recorded message announcing a test of the emergency alert system.

A test message will be sent by three other methods that are part of the Wake Alert system.  Students, faculty and staff will receive a message by e-mail. And, students, faculty and staff who have registered their cell phone for emergency messages will receive text and voice messages.  All messages will announce a test is being conducted. Anyone who has not registered their cell phone, already, may do so by visiting this website.

No action will be required by anyone during the brief testing.

Wake Forest’s approach to communicating in emergencies is based on redundancy, using numerous methods to promptly communicate with faculty, staff and students, as well as parents, the public and news media.  Additional information is available on the Wake Ready website.

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Reminder: Wake Forest to test emergency notification system Oct. 31

UPDATE: This test of the Wake Alert system has been delayed until Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

This message was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 29 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

This is a reminder that Wake Forest will test its Wake Alert emergency notification system on Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m.

On campus, people will hear a test message from outdoor speakers distributed at several campus locations, including outside BB&T Field.  Chimes will be heard from the outdoor alert system, initially, followed by a pre-recorded message announcing a test of the emergency alert system.

A test message will be sent by three other methods that are part of the Wake Alert system.  Students, faculty and staff will receive a message by e-mail. And, students, faculty and staff who have registered their cell phone for emergency messages will receive text and voice messages.  All messages will announce a test is being conducted. Anyone who has not registered their cell phone, already, may do so by visiting this website.

No action will be required by anyone during the brief testing.

Wake Forest’s approach to communicating in emergencies is based on redundancy, using numerous methods to promptly communicate with faculty, staff and students, as well as parents, the public and news media.  Additional information is available on the Wake Ready website.

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Categories: Inside WFU

Unstable weather predicted for Winston-Salem area April 8; severe weather possible

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on April 8 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged today, April 8, to stay informed on weather conditions.  Unstable weather is forecast for the Winston-Salem area.  Thunderstorms are possible today.  Some storms could be severe, according to weather forecasts.

Information about today’s weather, including current forecasts, is widely available on local TV stations, such as WXIIWGHPWFMY and Spectrum’s News 14.  Information is also easily accessed from other news organizations, such as The Weather Channel.

At Wake Forest, detailed weather information is always available thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.

The WeatherSTEM stations use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and more.  Forecasts for several days ahead is available, too.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Reynolds Gym, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are updated through automation.  On Facebook, the accounts are identified as Wake Forest Weatherstem and Wake Forest Football Weatherstem.  On Twitter, the stations can be followed @WakeForestWxSTEM and @WFUFootballWx.

WeatherSTEM also offers apps for ios and Android.

In the event of a weather emergency, Wake Forest would use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty and staff.  Additional information is available here.

 

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