Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on U.Va.
October 28, 2012
To the University community:
Central Virginia will start feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. A high-wind warning is in effect until Tuesday at 8 p.m. Expected conditions include sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. We expect 1-3 inches of rain. The prolonged wind may lead to substantial tree damage and widespread power outages.
After careful consideration about the storm’s potential impact on the University, I’ve decided to cancel classes on Monday. I don’t make this decision lightly, but this is in the best interest of everyone’s safety. Hurricanes are dangerous – there are likely to be downed power lines and trees and flooded streets. I ask students to view this cancellation of classes as a time to catch up on reading and homework. It is important for your own safety to limit outdoor activity and not to impede rescue and restoration efforts by public safety personnel.
Designated employees should report so that we may maintain student services. University Transit will operate the Stadium-Hospital Shuttle and Green Route normally; North Line, University Loops and Central Grounds Shuttle will have at least 30-minute service. Colonnade and Hereford-IRC shuttles will be canceled.
Newcomb Hall and the rec centers will remain open. N2, the temporary dining facility next to Peabody Hall, will be closed because of high winds; all other dining facilities will be open. Student Health will be closed; students with medical emergencies should go to the U.Va. Hospital emergency room.
Child care centers will be open.
The U.Va. Hospital will operate normally. Clinic schedules are being modified. Employees should report as instructed by their supervisors.
Preparation and planning are the keys to weathering Hurricane Sandy. 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.
Our highest priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please review the following information and take to heart guidelines that will help ensure your safety.
Keep your cell phone and laptop charged. Try to have water and food on hand that doesn’t need heating or refrigeration. While the power companies will restore normal operations as quickly as possible after an outage, we need to be able to look after ourselves for a while when power goes out.
Updates about the University will be posted on www.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.
Student Affairs, the Provost’s Office, U.Va. Dining, and Housing and Residence Life are developing contingency plans for students if we lose power on Grounds. In the event of power disruptions, students are advised to return to their residences and shelter in place. Students in residence halls will be kept informed by their resident advisers.
Look for updated information Monday afternoon as the storm’s track and severity become clearer. Stay safe, everyone.
President Teresa A. Sullivan