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Brown University - Blizzard Update February 9, 2013

Email message sent to all students, faculty and staff

February 9, 2013 @ 2:25PM

Dear Brown Community Members,

The winter storm brought nearly 18 inches of snowfall to Providence and campus. Severe winds and heavy snow have caused widespread power outages across the city and state, and a small number of our facilities have also been affected. National Grid has been working throughout the night to restore power.

Non-essential travel continues to be dangerous and discouraged. Governor Chafee '75 has issued a temporary travel ban so crews can clear the roads, and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has echoed this call, urging residents to stay off the roads so plows can get through and routes can be cleared.  

On campus, Facilities Management grounds and custodial staff are working diligently to clear roads, sidewalks, pedestrian paths, stairways, and parking areas of snow and debris. Given the substantial accumulation, this will take some time to complete, and we thank you for your continued patience as we work to make the campus safe and navigable.

The Sharpe Refectory is open today until 7:30 pm. All students, even those not on a meal plan, are welcome to dine at the Sharpe Refectory for the duration of the storm. Please check the Dining Services website for updates regarding hours of service. If you are a student living off campus and your apartment has lost power, you are invited to stay temporarily in Andrews Dining Hall.  Please call the administrator-on-call at 863-3322 to make arrangements for this accommodation.  For other campus operations, please check department websites for the latest information on weekend hours of operation.

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

If you have lost power, please operate generators away from your home to avoid dangerous fumes, do not use gas grills indoors, and do not try to heat your home with a gas oven. Clear snow from all heating system exhaust vents and vehicle exhausts to prevent carbon monoxide problems. Additional storm and power outage safety information is available on the National Grid website.

Given the severity of the storm, we are fortunate that the campus has fared relatively well thus far. Please extend your thanks and appreciation to the hundreds of custodians, grounds, faclities, dining, public safely and campus life staff who are working to keep the campus safe and operational during this period.  We are grateful for their service and commitment. Thanks, too, to all members of the community for your continued attention and cooperation.

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