BUSINESS OFFICES OPEN, CLASSES DELAYED MONDAY:

09/16/18 — 12:59 p.m.

Due to the continued rain and wind effects of now-Tropical Depression Florence, Salem College campus activities will remain canceled through the end of Sunday, September 16 and classes will be canceled until 1:00 pm on Monday, September 17.  The purpose of this extended cancellation is to provide the many college students who moved off campus during the storm additional time to travel back to campus, as the forecast for tomorrow is milder with a chance of showers and much less rainfall predicted.  Salem College business offices for employees will open on Monday, September 17 at the regularly scheduled time.   
 
Students returning to campus from outside the area, as well as employees of the College, should use their best judgment in determining whether it is safe to travel by continuing to monitor the roadways, travel advisories, and weather conditions for their particular areas.  Students should contact their faculty and employees should contact their supervisors if they anticipate being delayed in returning to campus. 
 
At this time, the campus has had minimal impact from Florence.  We are grateful to report that there has not been any flooding, damage to facilities, or power loss in buildings as of this update.  To the extent that changes, we will notify the campus community.
 

STATE OF CAMPUS UPDATE:

09/15/18 — 1:47 p.m.

Salem Academy and College is presently experiencing rain and moderate winds as a result of downgraded tropical storm Florence. For the Forsyth County area, the National Weather Service predicts showers today and some storms that could produce heavy rainfall, with breezy conditions resulting from a northeast wind of 22 mph with gusts as high as 36 mph and rainfall totals today of 2 - 3 inches. Students residing on campus are reminded to exercise caution when outside. Please read the following important safety reminders and emergency preparedness information.  

 

National Weather Service

 

Reminder: Important Emergency Preparedness Information

 

Power Outage

In the event the Salem campus loses power to all or part of campus facilities, please be aware of the following:

  • Contact Public Safety to report any concerns using the following numbers: 336-345-4235 or 336-399-3126.

  • Academy: During a power outage, Academy residents should remain inside the main Academy building; all other facilities will be closed.

  • College: During a power outage, College residents should remain in the residence halls, until they are directed to transition elsewhere by Residential Life staff.  In the event of power outage, when/if it is safe to do so, Residential Life staff will notify and direct College students to transition to the main gymnasium in the athletic complex. Dining services will occur as needed from that location. College students should wait for notification from Residential Life staff before transitioning to this alternative location.

  • Students should remain alert and follow direction from Residential Life staff regarding any transition plan during a power outage.

  • Fire alarm systems will remain on battery backup for a short period. Public Safety, Residence Life, and Physical Plant staff will conduct fire and flood watches (walking patrol) in occupied buildings.

  • Emergency lights will be activated and remain on battery backup for a short period. Flashlights and glow sticks will be distributed to each residence hall as needed.

  • Students will be notified of alternative dining accommodations by Residence Life staff in the event necessary. Dining services is stocked with non-perishable food and water to accommodate students’ needs in the event of power outage.

  • Access to facilities will be by key only, and this service will be provided by Residence Life, Physical Plant, and Public Safety staff. The card access system will not operate without electricity after the battery back-up is depleted.

  • For extended power outages of more than a few hours, a cell phone charging station will set up at the entrance of the Academy building (for Academy occupants) and the entrance of the Science Building, Room 102 (for College occupants).  Students should bring their own charging cords for proper connections and seek assistance from Residential Life staff. Students are encouraged to keep their phones charged and to stay in contact with their family during this weather event.

  • Landlines are located throughout campus facilities. These lines typically remain functional even though VOIP/office lines may not be operational.  Many of these lines are connected to a FAX line or are a red phone mounted to the wall.

 

Public Safety

For assistance from Public Safety any time, call 336-917-5555.  Public Safety is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. If telephone lines are inoperable due to power outages, call Public Safety by dialing 336-399-3126 or 336-345-4235.

 

Physical Plant

Physical Plant staff will remain on campus throughout the weather event as needed to assist with clearing debris on roadways/sidewalks, removing water, power restoration, and other facilities-related assistance.  If you have an emergency request for the Physical Plant staff, please call Public Safety (336-917-5555).

If you notice any tree damage, flooding, or other dangerous condition on campus — in the buildings or elsewhere on campus — please contact Public Safety immediately at 336-917-5555.  If the phone lines are inoperable due to a power outage, contact Public Safety by dialing 336-399-3126 or 336-345-4235.

 

Dining Services

Residence Life staff will stay in contact with students regarding any changes to dining services.  Please carefully review messages from Residence Life staff regarding alternative dining accommodations as may be needed.  Dining Services is stocked with non-perishable food and water to accommodate students’ needs in the event of power outage.

 

Emergency Alert Messages

In the event weather conditions warrant an emergency alert to the campus community, this information will be made available through the following communication sources: (1) text/voice message from Salem Emergency Alert Phone Messaging System, (2) Salem Academy weather web page (https://www.salemacademy.com/weather) and Salem College weather web page (https://www.salem.edu/weather), and (3) email notification from Salem Communications to the Salem community.  Please be alert to emergency messages from Salem and read carefully the instructions provided.

 

Helpful Safety Tips and Weather-Related Information

For safety tips related to tropical storm/hurricane preparedness, please review:

  • You should always seek shelter inside a building when there is a potential for high winds.

  • Once inside, you should find the lowest possible level (e.g., basement, 1st floor).

  • You should avoid spaces with exterior walls and windows.

  • Follow instructions from Residence Life staff regarding transitioning to designated safe spaces in Academy and College buildings.

  • Carefully read text alerts that you receive from the Salem Emergency Alert Phone Messaging System (and be sure you are signed up to receive text alerts).

  • Candles are prohibited on campus. If you need extra light, contact Residence Life for assistance.

  • You should remain in a safe location until the danger is over.

  • In the event of severe weather, walking around campus is prohibited, as the potential for being struck by falling tree limbs and debris is high.

  • The Pit parking lot, athletic fields and the May Dell will be off limits, as they have high potential for flooding during rainfalls.

  • Medical issues should be immediately reported to Residence Life staff or Public Safety.

  • Please be sure you have enough medication to get you through the weather event.

  • https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4068/updates/hurricane-safety-tips-learn-what-do-during-and-after-hurricane/

  • https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

For additional local/national weather information, please review:

 

 


SAFETY INFORMATION FROM THE DIRECTOR PUBLIC SAFETY:

09/13/18 — 7:34 p.m.

As Hurricane Florence quickly approaches our coast, here are some important safety tips. Please see below and feel free to contact public safety, should you have any questions or concerns.
 
  • You should always seek shelter inside a building when there is a potential for high winds.
  • Once inside, you should find the lowest possible level (e.g., basements, 1st floors).
  • You should avoid spaces with exterior walls and windows.
  • Follow instructions from Residence Life staff regarding designated safe spaces in your residence halls.
  • Carefully read text alerts that you receive from the Salem Emergency Messaging System (and be sure you are signed up to receive text alerts).
  • Candles are prohibited on campus. If you need a flashlight, please reach out to Residence Life or Public Safety.
  • You should remain in a safe location until the danger is over. 
  • In the event of power loss, cell phone charging stations will be provided in the Science Building so that you can keep in touch with family and receive updated emergency information. Keep your mobile devices charged and stay in contact with your family.
  • Please report any damage or flooding to your Residence Life staff or Public Safety as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Walking around campus during the storm is prohibited, as the potential for being struck by falling tree limbs and debris is high.
  • The Pit parking lot, athletic fields and the May Dell will be off limits, as they have a high potential for flooding during rainfalls.
  • Please report power outages and fire alarms to Public Safety.
  • Medical issues should be immediately reported to Residence Life staff or Public Safety.
  • Please be sure you have enough medication to get you through the storm. 
Links to follow updated weather information:
 
National Weather Service
 
 
Forsyth County Emergency Management
 
 
 
 
Thanks,
 
 
Chief Chris Batista
Director of Public Safety
Salem Academy and College
601 South Church Street
Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101
Office: (336)721-2628
Cell: (336)406-0783
FAX: (336)917-5438
 

STUDENT UPDATE FROM RESIDENCE LIFE:

09/13/18 — 4:34 p.m.

Dear Students,

If you decide to remain on campus, we will provide you with updates regarding dining services and entertainment. Please know you are to not have any overnight visitors and you cannot have any family members reside with you within the residence halls. The Residence Life Staff, Physical Plant, and Public Safety will remain on campus to assist during inclement weather.

In addition, if you are choosing to travel, please ensure that you have a full tank of gas, cash, and please check the travel advisories for the areas in which you will be traveling and follow the instructions for those particular areas. The safety and well-being of our campus community remain our top priority.

If you change your decision about residing on campus or have any questions or concerns, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@salem.edu.

 

Weekend Dining Hours

 

 

FITNESS CENTER AND LIBRARY CLOSING TODAY

Thursday, September 13th: Gramley Library and Fitness Center Closing at 9 pm until further notice due to inclement weather.


09/13/18 — 3:47 p.m.

SALEM CLOSED FRIDAY

Salem Academy and College offices will be closed tomorrow Friday, September 14, in preparation for the effects of Hurricane Florence.   

Employees who are essential to storm management and emergency response will be contacted by their supervisor for special instructions regarding attendance and duties.  

Thank you for your commitment to Salem Academy and College, and your integral support at this time.   

 

09/12/18 — 6:57 p.m.

Although classes and campus activities are canceled, Salem Academy and College offices will be open on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, and non-faculty employees are expected to report to work as usual.

We will continue to closely monitor the weather and immediately notify all Academy and College employees if there are any changes to the schedule.

If you individually decide, due to your personal situation related to weather conditions, that you cannot come to work at the regularly scheduled time, you should immediately notify your supervisor and will need to record the absence as a vacation day. Certain employees who are essential to storm management and emergency response will be contacted by their supervisor for special instructions regarding attendance and duties.

09/11/18 — 5:57 p.m.  
Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Florence on central North Carolina, and out of an abundance of caution, Salem Academy and College will cancel all classes and campus activities from 8 am on Thursday, September 13 through noon on Sunday, September 16. Both the Academy and the College will operate on a normal schedule on Wednesday, September 12, but Salem officials will continue to closely monitor Hurricane Florence’s path and will make additional decisions regarding campus operations as needed. 
 
While it is too early to know what the full effects of Hurricane Florence will be, Salem is hard at work making preparations to mitigate and respond to damage and other issues that may be caused by heavy rains and high winds. Some flooding and downed trees in the local area are expected, and possible prolonged power outages may occur; however, residential and dining services will remain open throughout the storm for residential students who stay on campus.  Students who live locally are encouraged to travel home prior to the storm if their families deem it safe for them to do so.  For students who choose to travel home but do not live locally, please check the travel advisories for the areas in which you will be traveling and follow the instructions for those particular areas. The safety and well-being of our campus community remain our top priority.
 
The schedule of institutional operations for employees of Salem Academy and College will be addressed in a separate communication to employees
 
    09/11/18 — 9:14 a.m.

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Dear Salem Community Members,

In preparation for possible severe weather related to Hurricane Florence that is expected to arrive in our area later this week (potentially late Wednesday/early Thursday), Salem Academy and College is closely monitoring the weather and taking steps to keep the campus community safe. As we prepare for this weather event, there are several items we need to highlight to safeguard the Salem community. It is important that you read this message in its entirety. 

During times of severe weather, Salem Administration and Public Safety carefully monitor weather forecasts to ensure that community members are kept informed.  During a hurricane, severe weather in our area may include damaging winds, heavy rain, flooding, and tornadoes. If conditions are such that an emergency warning and/or alert is needed, Salem Administration and Public Safety will initiate the emergency messaging system. If you receive a message from the Salem emergency messaging system (text or voice call), please follow the instructions provided without delay. If you have not registered your mobile/cell phone to receive Salem emergency alerts, please click on the link sent to you in the Weather information email Monday evening.


Important Emergency Preparedness Information 

Public Safety

For assistance from Public Safety any time, call 336-917-5555.  Public Safety is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  If telephone lines are inoperable due to power outages, call Public Safety by dialing 336-399-3126 or 336-345-4235. 

 

Physical Plant

Physical Plant staff will remain on campus throughout the event as needed to assist with clearing debris on roadways/sidewalks, removing water, power restoration, and other facilities-related assistance.  If you have an emergency request for the Physical Plant staff, please call Public Safety (336-917-5555).

If you notice any tree damage, flooding, or other dangerous condition on campus — in the buildings or elsewhere on campus — please contact Public Safety immediately at 336-917-5555.  If the phone lines are inoperable due to power outage, contact Public Safety by dialing 336-399-3126 or 336-345-4235.

 

Power Outage

In the event the Salem campus loses power to all or part of campus facilities, please be aware of the following:

  • Contact Public Safety to report any concerns using the following numbers: 336-345-4235 or 336-399-3126.
  • Fire alarm systems will remain on battery back-up for a short period. Public Safety, Residence Life, and Physical Plant staff will conduct fire and flood watches (walking patrol) in occupied buildings.
  • Emergency lights will be activated and remain on battery back-up for a short period. Flashlights and glow sticks also will be distributed to each residence hall as needed.
  •  For Academy residents, remain inside the main Academy building; all other facilities will be closed.
  • For College residents, remain inside the residence halls unless directed otherwise by your RCs and other Residence Life staff.
  • Students will be notified of alternative dining accommodations by Residence Life staff in the event the Dining Hall (Academy) and/or Refectory (College) are without power.
  • Access to facilities will be by key only, and this service will be provided by Residence Life, Physical Plant, and Public Safety staff. The card access system will not operate without electricity after the battery back-up is depleted.
  • For extended power outages of more than a few hours, a cell phone charging station will set up at the entrance of the Science Building (Room 102) on the College campus.  There will be some cords available, but please bring your own for proper connections. For Academy residents, phones and cords will be collected in the Tag Room and a Salem staff member will take them to the cell phone charging station.
  • Landlines are located throughout campus facilities. These lines typically remain functional even though VOIP/office lines may not be operational.  Many of these lines are connected to a FAX line or are a red phone mounted to the wall.

 

Dining Services

Residence Life staff will stay in contact with students regarding any changes to dining services. If we have a power outage, the Dining Hall (Academy) and Refectory (College) will operate on a limited service.  Please carefully review messages from your Residence Life staff regarding alternative dining accommodations as may be needed.

 

Closings/Changes in Schedule

At this time, Salem Academy and College is open for regular hours and operations.  In the event weather conditions warrant a change in schedule, this information will be made available through the following communication sources: (1) Salem emergency alert messaging service (text / voice message), (2) Salem website at Salem.edu/weather, (3) email from Salem Communications to the Salem community, (4) voice message greeting on the main campus line (336.721.2600), and (5) WXII (TV/online news source).

 

Finally, please be cautious and aware of changing weather conditions whether you are living on campus or traveling throughout the area or into other areas of the Carolinas that may be impacted by Hurricane Florence.  We expect Salem community members to use their best judgment in determining whether it is safe to travel to campus.  Please check the forecast in the area in which you are ttravelingto or through and follow instructions for those particular areas and states.

 

Helpful Safety Tips and Weather-Related Information 

For safety tips related to hurricane preparedness, please review: 

 

For local/national weather information, please review: