Update 9/18/2018 @ 11:40 am
Dear Bennett Belles, although classes have resumed today, there are still roads that present driving challenges because of excessive rain caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence. To that end, I urge you to exercise extreme caution and good judgement as you return to campus. Please know that your safety is my primary concern. While it is important for you to return to class as soon as possible, those of you who cannot get back today because of the storm will not be penalized, and provisions will be made to send your missed assignments via email or online.
Update 9/16/2018 @ 10:48 am
Dear Bennett College Faculty and Staff:
Good morning. I hope each of you has fared well during Tropical Storm Florence. In consideration of traveling challenges our students may face today, Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins has canceled classes for tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 17. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Please note that employees must report to work tomorrow and faculty will send class assignments missed due to all cancellations via email or online.
Update 9/12/2018 @ 7:53 pm
Updated hours for the Café during the hurricane:
- On Friday 9/14, we will operate during Brunch hours only and provide a Take out boxed dinner to the students during Brunch for Friday evenings dinner.
- On Saturday 9/15, we will be providing non-perishable foods to the RD’s of each dorm for Continental Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Boxed Dinner & a water supply for each student.
- On Sunday 9/16, we will be open the regular scheduled weekend hours of Brunch 10am-1pm and Dinner 4:30pm-6pm.
Update 9/12/2018 @ 8:52 pm
Bennett Belles: As we know, the weather can be unpredictable, so please exercise caution and adhere to all recommended and required weather advisories regarding Hurricane Florence. Below are some useful, important tips from The American Red Cross.
- Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day (recommended 3 days), non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store at redcrossstore.org.
- Talk with household members or residence hall mates and create an evacuation plan. Practicing the plan minimizes confusion and fear during an actual event.
- Have a communication plan. Identify someone outside the impacted area to call to check-in to let him or her know you’re all right or to leave messages.
- Be informed. Listen to your local weather channel or follow NOAA weather reports. Learn about the community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for pets.
- Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to set severe weather and emergency alerts on a mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during and after different emergencies or disasters from home fires to hurricanes. The app can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross, texting ‘EMERGENCY’ to 90999, or by going to redcross.org/apps.
- If you already have an emergency kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still okay to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If you already have, an emergency plan for your household, talk about it again with family members to ensure everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.
Dear Bennett College Community,
The Bennett College Administration and Campus Safety are closely monitoring the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. At this time, the National Weather Service is predicting that Greensboro will likely experience heavy rain and winds beginning Friday.
Bennett College is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. In preparation for Hurricane Florence, the College will cancel classes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, for the remainder of the week.
The residence halls will remain open for students who live on campus, but are unable to travel home. If you are leaving campus, you MUST notify your Resident Director and let her know where you are going.
Faculty and staff, Bennett College will operate as normal on Thursday, September 13. However, if you feel unsafe, feel free to take a personal day or annual leave and remain at home. In the interim, please note that Bennett administrators will continue to closely monitor Hurricane Florence and will send additional notifications out if warranted. On Friday, September 14, Bennett will close, operating on Condition 1 (please see: Adverse Weather), with only essential personnel remaining on campus due to potential sustained emergency conditions. Faculty and staff should consider their own personal circumstances to determine whether to report late, leave early, or not report at all.
- If you have not already done so, please sign up for Belle Alert today!
- Frequently check your Belle email for updates and emergency information.
- Log into BelleNet to update your emergency contact information.
- Create a family communication plan, to include ensuring your cell phone is fully charged.
- Frequently check the Bennett College social media accounts for information. If power is lost, these sites will remain active.
Please be safe and take care of each other.
Bennett College Administration
Severe weather may impact the College. It is important for the College community to understand the potential hazards and to respond appropriately. Severe weather may occur suddenly and leave little time for action. Bennett College monitors the weather and will notify the community through the Warnings protocol (Belle Alert and BelleNet).
Bennett College Severe Weather Guidelines
The safety and well-being of our students, employees and visitors is our highest priority at Bennett College. Please be familiar with Bennett’s severe weather guidelines and be prepared to quickly move to safety if severe weather occurs.
Some students and employees commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather-related problems not encountered in Greensboro/Guilford County. Individuals should take the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning, people in the path of the storm should take immediate life-saving actions. Designated tornado shelters are open for the duration of a tornado watch and warning.
Personal safety should dictate the actions that students and employees take.
Remember, when severe weather strikes:
- Go to the nearest shelter or best available refuge area.
- Stay tuned to radio or television stations for further weather statements.
- Remain inside until the severe weather threat has ended.
If a tornado warning is issued for the campus, students, employees and visitors will be notified using the methods listed below. If you receive notification of a tornado warning through any of these methods, move to safety immediately.
Bennett College issues emergency notifications using the following methods:
- BelleAlerts, which deploys text messages
- Social media, including Twitter @BennettCollege
- Media alerts through TV and radio stations and newspapers
- Bennett College Home page
- Digital signage across campus