Hurricane Sandy Updates
10:30 a.m. Tuesday October 30, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those individuals impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Please know that several College resources are here to assist you and provide support to students whose families have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy: administrators, faculty or staff, the College Chaplain’s Office, or Friars in Residence. In addition, the Counseling Services are here to assist students as well. You can contact them for an appointment by call 518 783-2342.
5:00 a.m. Tuesday October 30, 2012
The college is open and class will proceed as scheduled for Tuesday October 30. If an employee still feels that conditions are unsafe, then the employee should take personal time according to the college's inclement weather policy.
The forecast today calls for scattered rain with a high near 62. Breezy, with a southeast wind 17 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding throughout the storm.
12:43 p.m. Monday October 29, 2012
Due to Hurricane Sandy, Siena College classes and events are canceled as of 2:30 p.m. All afternoon labs are also canceled. College offices remain open.
We are closely monitoring the storm and we will update you will any changes. The Siena Emergency Operations Team will be coordinating throughout the storm and will post information on the Siena College Emergency Information. For further updates regarding Tuesday, October 30 operations please monitor www.siena.edu, campus email, as well as local television and radio. You can also sign up to receive Siena Alert text messages.
3:40pm Sunday October 28, 2012
We are continuing to monitor the storm and we are receiving updates from the Town of Colonie Emergency Management Office. The current forecast is for rain tomorrow, mainly after 11am. The rain could be heavy at times with a high near 57. It will be breezy, with the wind coming from the north 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. The most significant gusts will likely occur between Monday evening and midnight on Monday night. Please be sure to make the proper preparations and review the safety tips provided in my previous email.
The Siena Emergency Operations Team will be meeting again in the morning. We will provide another update tomorrow and will post the information on the Siena College Emergency Information web page.
If an employee feels that travel conditions are unsafe in their area, then he/she must take a personal day. Please consult the appropriate handbook for information on the College’s Inclement Weather and Personal Leave Policies. The complete policy may be accessed at the following link: https://www.siena.edu/pages/3.asp?callingpage=/pages/859.asp
3:00pm Friday October 26, 2012
Current forecast indicate that we will begin to feel the effects of the storm late Monday into Tuesday. Depending on where the storm makes landfall, it can bring strong winds and heavy rain/flooding to our area. This could lead to downed trees and power lines which will increase the risk of power outages.
Faculty and Staff
We recommend that prepare your own office areas between now and Monday afternoon. We encourage you to shut down personal and office computer before leaving for the day Monday. If your computer is on the floor and there is any possibility of flooding in your area, you should unplug the computer and move it to a tabletop.
We are fortunate that several of our Residence Halls now have back-up generator power. For students who are living in New Hall, Plassmann, Hennepin or Ryan, the generator will automatically provide power to the building in case of a power failure. Serra Hall is also equipped with back-up power and will remain operational throughout the storm to provide food service support to our community.
Please take the hazards associated with this storm seriously and monitor the Siena College Emergency Info page at http://www.siena.edu/emergencyinfo. Below, you will find some tips to assist you in preparing for the storm and keeping you safe from the potential hazards.
If you are not on the Siena Alert System, please log in to enroll by going to the following web page: http://www.siena.edu/SienaAlert
Preparation Before the Storm Strikes
Procedures During the Storm:
In case of a POWER OUTAGE
Localized Power Outage (affects one building or section of campus)
In the Event of a Large Scale Power Outage (affects majority/all of campus)
If People Are Trapped in an Elevator