Emergency Response Guide

Emergency Resources & Inclement Weather

Warren Wilson College is operating on a regular schedule.

To report an emergency, call 911.

Public Safety: 828-230-4592

WWC Emergency Information Line: 828-771-4357

Emergency Text Alert System

Registering with this system allows you to receive a text (sms) notification to your cell phone in the event of a serious campus emergency. The system will be tested twice per year, but will not be used for any other announcements. Be aware that if you do not have a plan that includes text messages, you may be charged a fee on a per-message basis by your carrier. In the form below, please enter your phone number with area code where it says "Mobile Phone (TXT)".

New users signup for text alerts here.
Current users manage your subscription.

The information you submit will not be shared with or used by anyone except Warren Wilson College and the provider of the Emergency Text Alert service for the college (e2Campus - their privacy statement).

Inclement Weather Procedure


In the event of inclement weather, the College will enact the following procedure in order to maintain essential college functions while protecting the safety of our students, personnel, and property.

Warren Wilson College follows specific procedures to maintain essential college functions while protecting the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and property. The decision to cancel classes, adjust class schedules or close the college campus rests with the College President. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Student Life, and the Vice President for Applied Learning (or their designee) will consult the best information available taking into consideration the conditions on campus, in the immediate surrounding area, in the city of Asheville and in Buncombe County. FMTS and Public Safety personnel may also be consulted.

Timing and Communication

When possible, a decision will be made the evening before a forecasted weather event. The next point of decision will be early the day in question with the goal of communicating the information at 6 a.m. A notice may also be posted if conditions deteriorate during the workday. Notice will be given via email, text alert, and local television media outlets- primarily ABC affiliate WLOS-TV 13.

Register for emergency text alerts below.

Notice levels

Notice levels include delay of classes for a set period of time, classes cancelled for an entire day, or emergency closing. In most instances essential personnel will be expected to report. When possible, work crew supervisors are expected to communicate to their crew members because many work crews are able to operate in the absence of their supervisors for short periods of time. Students who don't hear from their supervisors should report to the Work Program Office for a work assignment.

Delayed Start

In the event that classes are delayed and start at 11 a.m., we will employ an abbreviated class schedule in which all classes meet for 50 minutes. Classes will follow this schedule:

Classes scheduled at 8 a.m. will meet from 11-11:50 a.m.
Classes scheduled at 9:30 a.m. will meet from 12 -12:50 p.m.
Classes scheduled at 11 a.m. will meet from 1-1:50 p.m.
Classes scheduled at 1 p.m. will meet from 2-2:50 p.m.
Classes scheduled at 2:30 p.m. will meet from 3-3:50 p.m.


Confirmed Case of COVID-19—Off-Campus Student

October 13, 2020

The college has been notified that an online-only student who has been living off-campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

The results of the initial contact tracing work has shown that the last time the student was on campus was BEFORE the exposure that led to the student’s infection. We are confident that there is no risk to the campus as a result of this particular case. The student lives off-campus and has been instructed to isolate for the appropriate amount of time based on health guidelines.

In accordance with privacy requirements and College policy, we will not release any additional identifying information about this person. The student’s professors have been notified.

You are encouraged to remain vigilant in protecting your health and the health of others. Students who are not feeling well and have COVID-19 symptoms including fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath) or who test positive should contact the Health Center at 828-771-2053 (please leave a message if no one answers). Employees who believe they may have COVID-19 or test positive should contact Human Resources to understand your leave options.

Please know that, in partnership with the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services, we will provide updates regarding additional positive cases among members of our campus community. Please see here our dashboard showing data on the numbers of people in our community who are quarantined or isolating, awaiting COVID test results, the number of confirmed positives and negatives, as well as the number of students in quarantine at Blue Ridge Assembly. This is available on the WWC website and is updated daily.