Update - Tuesday, 9/12/2017: Warren Wilson College is operating on a normal schedule.

As Hurricane Irma builds off the coast of Florida, Warren Wilson College is monitoring storm models that continue to change. Some show a weakened version of the storm bringing heavy rain and winds to the Appalachian Mountains early next week. While Irma's exact path is unknown, the College is preparing for unexpected developments that come with this type of weather event.

"While there are currently no major threats to the campus, it's never too early to be informed, prepared and safe," said Paul C. Perrine, dean of students at Warren Wilson College. "Warren Wilson College’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is monitoring the storm’s path and keeping the campus community updated with new developments. The ERT has also prepared a plan to ensure the safety and security of students if extreme weather arrives on campus." 

The College has equipment, such as generators and mobile bathroom facilities, and food reserves on standby. The ERT also asked students to keep cell phones charged and to follow general safety and advisory tips provided earlier today.

In the event of flooding and any associated events, the ERT communicates with students and employees through texts, email and the Emergency Information Line (828-258-4521).

In preparation and to stay safe for this possible weather event, here are a few things for the College community to keep in mind:

  • Do not drive, wade, boat or play in floodwaters.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Stay off the trails due to falling trees and flood risk.
  • Be prepared for potential power outages.
  • Keep phones charged.
  • Have a flashlight and extra batteries on hand.
  • Be sure to keep essential medicines easily available.

For students, employees and others living on campus:

  • Get to know building evacuation plans.
  • Do not burn candles in residence halls.
  • Direct medical attention and concerns to your RA and Public Safety.
  • First-aid kits are in crew spaces in Korevec, Sunderland and Village B.

Here is a link to general flood safety and preparation advice: http://www.ready.gov/floods

"Our team is monitoring the storm’s path via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at http://noaa.gov. Please also watch for weather updates on MyWWC," Perrine added.

In addition to Perrine, The Emergency Response Team includes Paul Bobbitt, interim associate dean of work; Dorothy Clark, administrative assistant to the vice president for student life; Justin Gildner, director of public safety; Kyle McCurry, director of media relations; Scott McKinney, vice president for administration and finance; Joyce Milling, associate dean of students and director of residence life; and Richard Paxton, senior supervisor facilities management.

This story will be updated.