Hurricane Sandy Day 2

Oct. 29, 2012

To: The University Community
From: Patrick D. Hogan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Hurricane Sandy remains a dangerous storm and we are continuing to monitor its impact on our region. Due to the continually changing weather patterns and in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we have decided that classes will be canceled on Tuesday, Oct 30.

  • Designated Academic Division employees should report as scheduled. Non-designated employees do not report unless instructed to do so by supervisors.
  • The U.Va. Hospital will operate normally. Clinic schedules are being modified. Employees should report as instructed by their supervisors.
  • The Child Development Centers will be open.
  • Updates about the University will be posted on virginia.edu. Scheduling changes will be communicated to local media and can be accessed through the University's inclement weather lines, 434-243-SNOW (7669) or 434-924-SNOW (7669). The Albemarle-Charlottesville-UVA Community Emergency site will also have periodic updates.

For the remainder of this evening, U.Va. libraries, dining facilities and recreation centers will close at 10 p.m. University Transit buses serving the North Line and University Loops will run for about 30 minutes after that time. SafeRide is not operating this evening. For further information about University operations on Tuesday, visit virginia.edu. We'll also post updates on the @uva Twitter feed.

The decision to cancel class on Tuesday does not cancel students' academic responsibilities. We also want to keep as many people as possible off the streets so as not to interfere with public safety officials. Students are encouraged to remain inside and take the opportunity to catch up on reading and homework.

Libraries and most dining facilities will be open on Tuesday; N2, the temporary dining facility, will remain closed. Details about operating hours will be posted on virginia.edu.

Other recommendations from the Albemarle-Charlottesville-University Community Emergency site include:

  • Stay tuned to local TV, radio stations and government websites for instructions and information.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies. Non-emergency questions can be directed to 977-9041.
  • If power is out, call your power company to report it:
    Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357
    Central Virginia Electric Coop: 1-800-367-2832
    Rappahannock Electric Coop: 1-800-552-3904
    Appalachian Power: 1-800-956-4237
  • Use flashlights, not candles.
  • Carbon monoxide is a silent killer; do not bring generators into the house or use camp stoves and lanterns without ventilation. Any of these can cause deadly buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • Use extreme caution going outside. Be alert for downed power lines, broken glass, and damage to buildings, streets and bridges.
  • Treat all fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized and stay away from them.
  • Traveling on area roads through Tuesday could be hazardous because of heavy rain and snow and wind gusts; delay travel until unsafe weather conditions have passed. If you must travel, check road conditions before heading out by calling 511 or visiting 511virginia.org.
  • Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road: Turn Around, Don't Drown
  • In the event of power loss, keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as long as possible to maintain the cold temperature.

The U.Va. Office of Emergency Preparedness is monitoring the storm's progress and forecasts, and University departments are making plans to deal with the storm's effects.

It's certainly an eventful first week for me in my new role as U.Va. EVP-COO, and I regret my first message to you has to be about a weather emergency. Remain safe, everyone.

Unsure about your Emergency Employee Event Status? For further information see www.hr.virginia.edu/event-status.

Last Modified: 29-Oct-2012 19:50:34 EDT