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Brown University - Blizzard Update February 8, 2013

Email message sent to all students, faculty and staff

February 8, 2013 @ 4:10PM

Dear Brown Community Members,

The blizzard currently impacting Providence and Rhode Island continues to be a dangerous winter storm. Governor Lincoln Chafee '75 has declared a state of emergency for Rhode Island. Officials have reported that travel is becoming increasingly difficult and will be impossible through the overnight hours into Saturday.

All members of the community are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel and to remain indoors during the height of the blizzard this afternoon and evening through Saturday morning. Heavy snowfall, high winds, and a lack of visibility will pose serious risks - please stay safe and stay indoors.

Given the high winds and heavy snow, falling or downed branches and power lines are a particular concern. Do not approach or touch a downed power line under any circumstances but report it immediately to Public Safety at 863-4111.

Snow is expected to continue well into Saturday. Grounds and custodial staff will be clearing pedestrian paths, stairs, and parking areas as soon as conditions allow. Depending on the total amount of accumulation, snow removal may take some time. Members of the community are encouraged to remain patient and exercise caution on paths which will be covered with snow and ice. 

Brown Public Safety and Emergency Medical Services are on patrol and available 24 hours a day. Report any emergencies at 863-4111. Reports of power outages or facilities concerns can be made to Service Response at 863-7800.

Departments and locations normally open on the weekends may have variable hours due to the weather - check websites for the latest information. The Sharpe Refectory will be open Saturday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

We will continue to update the community with additional information as necessary. If you have not already done so, make certain your emergency contact information (personal cell phone and home or off-campus housing phone numbers) is up to date so that we can contact you as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. Phone numbers can be added or updated by going to the MyAccount page.

Russell C. Carey
Executive Vice President, Planning and Policy