WSSU Prepares for Hurricane Florence

Sep 11, 2018

Dear Campus Community:

The safety and preparedness of our community is our top priority.  While information is still developing about the specifics of Hurricane Florence, everyone in our community should take it seriously.  Regardless of the track, the potential for several days of heavy rainfall, flooding, and gusty winds across portions of North Carolina will exist. These impacts may lead to downed trees, prolonged power outages, blocked roadways, closed bridges, and disruptions to water/sewer supply.

Due to the anticipated and potential effects of Hurricane Florence in the Triad, the following measures have been taken at Winston-Salem State University.

Classes Cancelled Thursday through Saturday

  • Winston-Salem State University has cancelled all classes and all other university activities for Thursday, Sept. 13 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.
  • The O’Kelly Library will be closed Thursday, Sept. 13 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.
  • Regular class schedules are planned to begin again Monday morning, Sept. 17. We will continue to monitor the situation and update the campus community with any changes.

Suspended Operations for Faculty and Staff

  • For employees, WSSU will enter Condition 2 of the UNC System Adverse Weather Policy at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.
  • Under Condition 2, non-mandatory employees may NOT report to work. Non-mandatory employees in leave generating positions MUST use vacation, bonus, compensatory or adverse weather leave/adverse weather dock. Please visit for more information.


  • We encourage all of our students, faculty, and staff to review weather and road conditions to make well-informed, safe choices about travel.
  • Any students choosing to travel home outside of the area are highly encouraged to do so before strong winds are expected to begin in the Triad on Thursday morning.

Dining/Food Service

  • Kennedy Dining Hall will be open from 9:30 a.m.- noon and from 4-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Wellness Center

  • The Student Wellness Center will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

University Recreation

  • UREC will be open Wednesday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. – noon. 
  • Intramural Sports, Unified Sports, Club Basketball Tryouts and Group Fitness classes are cancelled for Wednesday night through Sunday. 


  • The campus shuttle buses will run their regular on-campus routes with two exceptions: the shuttles will only travel to the Bowman Gray Field House on request and will not travel to Lot FF.
  • The shuttle bus to Hanes Mall will be suspended on Saturday.

Hurricane Preparedness Resources

We recommend the following resources to help everyone prepare and stay informed:

Ready NC

Get ReadyNC to go . The ReadyNC mobile app is an all-in-one tool to help people get ready for everything from traffic jams to hurricanes and ice storms. The app gives information on real-time traffic and weather conditions, river levels, evacuations and power outages. It works both for iPhone and Android phones. Download it today!

Power Outage Information - Duke Energy

Report a power outage and get information about power outages in your area from Duke Energy.

Be Red Cross Ready

Hurricanesarestrongstorms thatcauselife-andproperty-threateninghazardssuchas flooding,stormsurge,highwinds andtornadoes. Preparationisthebestprotection

Are you ReadyNC? … for Hurricanes

Are you ReadyNC? … for Hurricanes Be Safe! Act Quickly Update your emergency supplies kit. Discuss your family communications plan. Watch and listen to the weather reports. Know evacuation routes if you need to leave home. Listen to local authorities. Put fuel in your vehicle and have some cash on hand. Be aware of flooded or washed-out roads.

Additional updates

  • We will provide updates as needed throughout the event via email, the WSSU website (, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • If any further changes to university operations are made, that information will be conveyed via a RamALERT, the university website, Facebook, and Twitter.