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Brown University - Blizzard Update February 10, 2013

Email message sent to all students, faculty and staff

February 10, 2013 @ 5:02PM

Dear Brown Community Members,

Thanks to extraordinary efforts by University staff members during and after the major blizzard this weekend, the Brown campus is rapidly being cleared of snow and prepared for normal operations tomorrow, Monday, February 11, 2013. Administrative operations will be functioning and classes will be held. 

Given the amount of snow and clean-up required both on campus and by the City, members of the community should be prepared to exercise caution while walking or driving in the coming days. Be aware of the potential for falling ice and snow from building roofs, and allow extra time for travel. As we continue to clear and treat snow and ice, please follow the safety tips at the end of this communication. Additional important updates and information follow immediately below:

  • As stated in the policy and procedures regarding weather-related closings and delays, no member of the staff or faculty is expected to endanger himself or herself travelling to or from work. Employees, other than those whose work is classified as non-deferrable, who determine that travel to or from campus is too hazardous may, in consultation with his or her supervisor, elect to stay home or leave early and use vacation time or other arrangements approved by the supervisor consistent with Human Resources Policy 20.052. Members of the faculty who deem it unsafe to get to or from the campus may, at their discretion, choose to cancel their own class(es). Faculty doing so are responsible for notifying their students directly (e.g., via email, Banner, or Canvas) and for making arrangements for make-up sessions.
  • The Parking Ban issued by the City of Providence remains in effect and most likely will continue tomorrow. When a parking ban is in place, parking for those who have not paid for a parking pass for a University lot will be extremely limited. If the Parking Ban continues tomorrow we strongly encourage all members of the community to utilize RIPTA public transportation (which will resume tomorrow), ride-share, or work from home with supervisory approval. Community members who bring a car to campus and who have not paid for a parking pass for a University lot should report to one of a few over-flow parking lots: (1) Lot 2, located on Hope Street; (2) Lot 1, directly behind the Olney Margolies Athletic Center (OMAC) via the entrance from Lloyd Avenue; or (3) Lot 88, the Brown University football stadium on Elmgrove Avenue. Shuttle service will be provided between the stadium and the Brown Office Building from 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Vehicles parked in any other University lots without a visible parking permit will be subject to being ticketed and/or towed.
  • For those who have lost power and would benefit from a hot shower, please feel free to use the facilities available in the Nelson Fitness Center or the OMAC. Simply tell the desk attendant that you are a Brown faculty, staff, or a family member and that you wish to use the locker room. The attendant will direct you to the proper location. Check the Athletics Department website for facilities hours.
  • The Sharpe Refectory is open today until 7:30 pm for student on meal plan. Please check the Dining Services website for updates regarding hours of service at other dining locations.
  • 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 or hot water heater air intake and exhaust vents and vehicle exhausts to prevent carbon monoxide build-up. Additional storm and power outage safety information is available on the National Grid website.
Staff from multiple departments – including Facilities Management, Dining Services, Public Safety, Health Services, Campus Life, Residential Life, Auxiliary Housing, and more – worked around the clock for the past several days to keep students safe and to prepare the campus for a return to normal operations this week. Please extend your thanks to these members of the Brown community who did so much for all of us under extremely hazardous conditions throughout the storm.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Russell C. Carey
Executive Vice President, Planning and Policy

Safety Tips for Inclement Weather:
  • Walking on snow or ice is especially treacherous and wearing proper footwear is essential. A pair of well insulated boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm. 
  • When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction. Be aware of the possibility of black ice which is difficult to see, especially at night.
  • Avoid, if at all possible, walking in the street. When walking on a sidewalk which has not been cleared and you must walk in the street, walk against the traffic and as close to the curb as you can. Cross only at cross-walks and note that the accumulating snow on city streets has limited visibility in many locations for pedestrians and motorists.
  • Be on the lookout for vehicles which may have lost traction and are slipping towards you. Be aware that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or traffic signals.
  • At night, wear bright clothing or reflective gear, as dark clothing will make it difficult for motorists to see you. During the daytime, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards.
  • Be aware of ice and snow which may fall from roofs. 
  • Report any dangerous conditions and unsafe areas to Facilities Management at 863-7810.