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   Date: 10/26/12 Bookmark and Share

Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

The college’s Emergency Response Team met today to prepare for the possibility that the region will be affected by Hurricane Sandy at the beginning of next week.

In advance of that possibility, Smith also encourages students, faculty and staff to consider planning now for potential interruptions in power and transportation. Ways to prepare would include keeping cell phones charged and securing necessary prescription medication and personal items.

The Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor the track of the storm throughout the weekend and update the Smith community, as necessary, through the following modes of communication:

  • Text, voicemail and email updates to students, faculty and staff through the emergency response system, as warranted;
  • Online updates on the Smith website and social media, such as Facebook;
  • In-person updates from the Campus Life staff who are in student houses and dining rooms.

Updates may include such possibilities as designating the Campus Center as an emergency shelter, relocating students, changes in dining services, canceling classes, and closing the college. If the Campus Center is designated as a shelter, Campus Life staff will maintain an information table there.

The Emergency Response Team is looking into identifying campus locations where students would be able to recharge cell phones for emergency communication in the case of a prolonged power outage.

In case of all emergencies, contact the Campus Police dispatch center, (413) 585-2490. If the phone line is not operational, call (413) 538-2304.

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