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Hurricane Sandy Updates

Published on October 30, 2012

The university has monitored Hurricane Sandy and has provided updates on the storm situation below. The campus returns to normal operations at noon on Tuesday, October 30.

In the event of specific questions or concerns not addressed here, call Susquehanna University at 800-296-6312, 570-374-0101 or 570-372-4395.

On-campus emergencies can be reported to the Department of Public Safety at 570-372-4444.

 

10/30/12  |  11 a.m. 

Campus will reopen at noon today. Afternoon classes will go on as scheduled and dining services will be in operation. The library also will reopen. The Garrett Sports Complex is open now and will remain open as scheduled.

Following is some guidance from the university Counseling Center. Members of the Counseling Center staff, will be available to meet with students today, as will Student Life staff and staff from the Chaplain’s office.

Coping with Sandy’s Aftermath
Students who have family members who were in the path of Sandy may understandably be concerned and worried. Clearly the most pressing need will be for information, and depending on the circumstances, there may be a delay. Here are some tips for staying calm: 

  1.  It is possible, even likely, that communications will be disrupted and/or overwhelmed, so be prepared for a delay. Sometimes texts can get through more easily.
  2. If your family members were affected negatively by the storm, it is normal to be anxious. They will function better if they are confident you are safe. Let them know what you are doing to take care of yourself.
    a. Take advantage of the stress reducing tools at the Counseling Center. Look on MySU, or stop by to use our massage chair, for example.
    b. Exercise helps with stress management.
  3. While being concerned is normal, it is wise to remember that we can do things that will make us feel worse or do things that will help us feel better.
    a. DO focus on what you can do, and do it.
    b. DO talk with friends.
    c. DO allow yourself to be distracted.
    d. DO continue to get engaged on campus.
    e. DO turn off the news, especially if you have trouble sleeping or watching is making you more upset.
    f. DO find comfort in you spiritual and personal beliefs.
    g. DO remember that everyone deals with stress differently.
    h. DON’T use alcohol or other drugs to relax.
    i. DON’T automatically assume the worst.
  4. Practice kindness to each other. Check in with your friends, and enjoy being with them.

The Counseling Center is available for any student needing support, including through our on-call services evenings and weekends. Call the center at 570-372-4751 during business hours, and at 570-374-9164 evenings and weekends. Students who want to just want to chat can look for Counseling Center staff today around Degenstein Campus Center.

 

 

10/30/12  |  7 a.m.

Susquehanna University remains closed this morning, but is expected to open at noon. An additional update to confirm will be posted at 10:30 a.m. Students are asked to stay in their residence halls this morning until debris can be removed from walkways.

There was minimal damage to the campus throughout the night and power remained on.

The university Counseling Center will open at 10 a.m. today and Student Life staff and staff from the Chaplain's office will be available to students throughout the day. Many students may be unable to reach their families due to loss of phone and internet service in areas suffering the greatest impact of the storm.

The ban on university travel has been lifted, but those who will be traveling should exercise extreme caution.

The National Weather Service has downgraded its alert to a wind advisory for the Selinsgrove Area. Although the winds are reduced in strength, they are expected to remain strong throughout the day. Rain is expected throughout the day, but there is no threat of flooding at this time.

Another update is planned for 10:30 a.m.

 

10/29/12  |  8:30 p.m.

University personnel will be working throughout the night to monitor the impact of Hurricane Sandy, both on campus and for students living off campus. Power remains on across campus.

We will use the university website at www.susqu.edu to keep the community informed in the event of important developments during the night. As noted earlier, an alternate site is available at www.susqu.net and will be activated if the main site becomes unavailable.

10/29/12  |  5 p.m.

Government officials are encouraging only essential travel in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Students are being asked to stay in their residence halls beginning this evening and continuing through the duration of the storm.

As the storm moves through the area, we are happy to report that at this time, power remains on throughout campus.

Regarding communication, please know that texting may be possible even if phone calls cannot be made.

The university’s health center will be staffed around the clock.

The campus will remain closed, with classes canceled, at least until noon Tuesday, Oct. 30. All campus facilities, including the library and Garrett Sports Complex, will be closed with the exception of residence halls and dining services (please see below).

Look for future updates, which will be provided at 9 p.m. today and 7 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 30. In the meantime, as stated earlier, here is information to be kept in mind as the storm moves through the area.

Communication
The website will continue as the primary source of information about the storm. If susqu.edu becomes unavailable, go to susqu.net for critical information regarding the university’s storm-related plans. The campus switchboard, which can be reached at 570-374-0101, will remain open and staffed around-the-clock throughout the storm. In the event of a power outage, updates will be posted in the lobbies of all residence halls.

Dining Services
Both Benny’s Bistro and Evert Dining Room will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Students are encouraged to eat dinner early. Food for tomorrow’s breakfast and lunch also will be available this evening to be taken back to the residence halls and students are asked to bring empty water bottles with them so that they can be filled. Dining facilities will open as soon as possible tomorrow.

There will be bottled water and fruit available in every residence hall.

Medications Requiring Refrigeration
In the event of a power outage, students with medications that must be refrigerated should take them to the Department of Public Safety offices in the 18th Street Commons complex.

Students Living off Campus
Any student living off campus who needs alternate housing is invited to stay on campus. Visit the Department of Public Safety offices in the 18th Street Commons to make arrangements.

Safety Precautions
Again, students are strongly encouraged to remain on campus, in their residence hall rooms, tonight through the duration of the storm. Those who must walk across campus are asked to stay away from areas with large trees.

Showers and Toilet Facilities
Toilets are expected to remain operational. There may be a limited supply of hot water for showers.

In Case of Emergency or for Facilities-Related Problems
Please contact the Department of Public Safety at 570-372-4444.

 

10/29/12  |  12:50 p.m.

The campus will close at 2 p.m. today and will remain closed at least until noon tomorrow. Classes scheduled within this timeframe are canceled.  All campus facilities, including the library and Garrett Sports Complex, will be closed with the exception of residence halls and dining services (please see below).

Look for future updates, which will be provided at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. today and 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Communication
The website will continue as the primary source of information about the storm. If susqu.edu becomes unavailable, go to susqu.net for critical information regarding the university’s storm-related plans. The campus switchboard, which can be reached at 570-374-0101, will remain open and staffed around-the-clock throughout the storm. In the event of a power outage, updates will be posted in the lobbies of all residence halls.

Dining Services
Both Benny’s Bistro and Evert Dining Room will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Students are encouraged to eat dinner early. Food for tomorrow’s breakfast and lunch also will be available this evening to be taken back to the residence halls and students are asked to bring empty water bottles with them so that they can be filled. Dining facilities will open as soon as possible tomorrow.

There will be bottled water and fruit available in every residence hall.

Medications Requiring Refrigeration
In the event of a power outage, students with medications that must be refrigerated should take them to the Department of Public Safety offices in the 18th Street Commons complex.

Students Living off Campus
Any student living off campus who needs alternate housing is invited to stay on campus. Visit the Department of Public Safety offices in the 18th Street Commons to make arrangements.

Safety Precautions
Students are strongly encouraged to remain on campus, in their residence hall rooms, tonight through the duration of the storm. Those who must walk across campus are asked to stay away from areas with large trees.

Showers and Toilet Facilities
Toilets are expected to remain operational. There may be a limited supply of hot water for showers.

In Case of Emergency
Please contact the Department of Public Safety at 570-372-4444. 

 

10/29/12  |  10 a.m.

 The university is continuing to monitor Hurricane Sandy. The Selinsgrove area is under a high wind warning beginning at noon today through Tuesday at about 2 p.m. Power outages are possible.

Susquehanna is open and will operate on a normal schedule during throughout the day, but all evening activities are canceled. All university travel has been suspended until further notice, so university vehicles will not be available for use.

“I want to assure you of the preparedness of all campus systems for the approaching storm,” said Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons. “I encourage you to remain informed as the storm progresses and to take necessary precautions to keep yourself safe and to look out for each other.”

We will continue to use the website as the primary means of communication, although text alerts will be sent out as appropriate. Social media also will be used, as needed, to provide updates as the situation evolves

10/28/12 | 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for our area from noon Monday to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Flood Watch remains in effect from late tonight through Tuesday evening.

After storm passes there could still be dangerous conditions:

  • Do not walk or drive through flooded areas.
  • Stay away from fallen trees and downed wires.
  • Listen for crackling tree branches.
  • Do not park under trees.
  • Sign up for SU SMS text alerts if not already.

10/28/12 | 1 p.m.

Students should expect classes to occur, as scheduled, unless they hear otherwise from their instructors.

10/27/12  |  5 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Selinsgrove area from Saturday evening through Tuesday and a high wind watch for the Selinsgrove area from Sunday evening through Tuesday.

10/27/12  |  10 a.m.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a limited State of Emergency for Pennsylvania in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Currently, all roads and highways in the state are open.

Following are some preparation tips for the pending storm:

  1. Charge all mobile and electronic devices.
  2. Dining facilities will be open, but you may wish to stock up on bottled water and non-perishables.
  3. Close all windows.
  4. Turn off computers, lights and other electronic equipment when not in use.
  5. Electrical and valuable equipment should be moved away from windows, leaking walls and ceilings and off of the floor.
  6. Have adequate prescription medications on hand.
  7. Report any hazardous condition to Public Safety, 570-372-4444.
  8. If you need an escort, contact Public Safety at 570-372-4444.
  9. Monitor local news, the SU website and text messages, and check with Residence Life staff for information.
  10. Be patient during the event.

 

10/26/12  |  1:30 p.m.

The university is monitoring Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to move into the Susquehanna Valley at some point late weekend or early next week.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of primary concern to the university. Students who plan to leave campus should check the latest weather reports prior to departure and should keep their families informed of any travel plans.

Updates on the storm situation and any related impact on the campus, as well as on our students living off campus, will be posted here.

The university’s text alert system also will be used, as needed, as a means of communication. (Students, faculty and staff may sign up for text alerts; more information here.)




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