Planning for Hurricane Florence


Updated: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Gardner-Webb University will resume operating on a normal schedule beginning Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, at 8:00 AM. This includes all classes, campus offices and facilities.

Food service in the cafeteria will be available Saturday, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. On Monday, we will follow the regular food service schedule.

Any additional updates on campus closing and operations will be posted regularly on the University’s home page as well as on social media. The primary means of emergency communication for students will be via SendWordNow. Students, please make certain that you have registered and updated your emergency contact information via WebbConnect to receive up-to-the-minute notifications. Please also check your GWU email.

Parents, family members, and the general public should stay tuned to gardner-webb.edu and social media for updates.

University leadership will continue to work closely with local emergency management officials to monitor and track the storm and will heed all public safety directives. The safety of our campus community is our highest concern.



What we are doing?

• We are working closely with local emergency management officials to monitor the latest weather information and will heed all public safety directives.
• We are preparing our supplies and communications systems to respond should we be in the path of the storm.
• We are increasing non-perishable food supplies for our students through our dining and food services.
• We are developing staffing plans to provide for safety in the event of loss of power.
• We are carefully weighing the options to proactively cancel classes based on the forecasts. An update on this decision is planned for Friday afternoon.
• We will post information here, but the primary means of emergency communication with students is via SendWordNow.


What you can do:

• In the event of a power outage, do not use candles, grills, or have any combustible devices indoors at any time.
• If you remain on campus, please make certain that your residence hall staff are aware of your decision, and inform them should you decide to leave.
• Make certain that you have registered and updated your emergency contact information via SendWordNow.
• Consider adding parents, spouse or other important contact information to your SendWordNow account.
• Consider purchasing a flashlight and spare batteries; LED lights last longer.
• Consider back up power options for cell phones.
• Consider stocking up on bottled water / non-perishable food.

Gardner-Webb will provide updates on our website and throughout our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.