Student Communications: 10/30/12

Brown Alert: October 30, 2012

Members of the Brown Community,

Thank you for your cooperation as the University has worked to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.  We are fortunate that the University fared well during the storm, with some downed trees and only minor damage to a small number of facilities. Many thanks are due to the countless essential personnel who contributed significantly to ensure the health and well-being of members of our community during this period.  The University will resume normal operations as of 12:01 am on Wednesday, October 31.

Facilities and grounds crew worked around the clock to prepare for the storm, securing construction sites and outdoor equipment, ensuring that the available heating fuel supply was adequate, and installing 250 sand bags to prevent flooding—all of which have been removed.  They have cut up and removed a fallen tree and fallen branches, and removed nearly two tons of debris from campus, clearing sidewalks and common areas.

We are grateful to the employees in public safety, health, residential life and dining services who have provided seamless and professional services to our students, and we appreciate the efforts of employees who have ensured that research facilities have been continuously maintained.

Many members of our community may continue to be without power or telephone service, and are confronting other effects of the hurricane.  For more information about the range of support services available to employees, from emergency grants and loans to backup care, please contact a human resources specialist at 863-3175. 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.   Simply tell the desk attendant that you are a Brown faculty, staff, or family member and that you wish to use the locker room. The attendant will direct you to the proper location.  The following may also be helpful:

•  Information regarding food safety in a power outage can be found on the Environmental Health & Safety Brown ready website.
•  The latest information from the State of Rhode Island regarding power outages, road closures, and other impacts from the storm can be found at the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency website.

•  Information about volunteer opportunities to assist with clean-up can be obtained from Serve Rhode Island.

Brown is a residential academic facility, and making the decision to cancel classes and halt operations is one that we take very seriously, and campus leaders chose to err on the side of caution with the safety of our students and staff of paramount concern. The decision to cancel classes on Monday and Tuesday was guided by information provided by city and state officials, and acknowledging that the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy could be serious to devastating, impacting the ability of employees to get to campus.  Knowing the rescheduling classes is burdensome, in the coming week, the Provost's office will send out information to faculty regarding how the reading period may be used to make up missed classes.

We appreciate the attention that members of the Brown community paid to the Brown Alert system, text messages and emergency updates, and the caution they heeded during the storm.  With skies clear and the brunt of the storm having passed, we encourage students to take advantage of some of the resumed operations, which include the following:

BOOKSTORE- Open until 5 pm today.

DINING - Sharpe Refectory and Verney-Woolley Dining Hall will be open regular hours.

NELSON FITNESS CENTER - Open limited hours (10am-5pm). Check website for updates.

ROCKEFELLER LIBRARY - Open from noon to 5 pm today. Please check library website for updates.

TRANSPORTATION - safeRIDE will resume normal operations at 7:00 pm, normal evening hours.


Brown University Core Crisis Team