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Inclement Weather Plan
With the onset of colder weather, snow and ice will begin to become part of our local weather forecasts. The Facilities Department began preparing for these events in early fall by stock piling de-icing materials and salt. We have also been upgrading and testing our snow plowing and removal equipment.
We would like to share our inclement weather response plan with the campus community so you know what to expect from us during an inclement weather event. Snow and ice removal on campus is prioritized with consideration for safety and maintaining primary access roads for emergency vehicles. Priority areas include:
1. Main access roads and areas for emergency vehicle response.
Facilities will monitor the weather and respond as conditions require. As you can imagine, it is difficult to plan with precision what an inclement weather event will actually do. However, during a snow event we will generally arrive on campus at about 3 am to begin snow removal activity. With no mechanical difficulties and a full crew we are usually able to have the entire campus ready by 8 am. During a continuing snow event, we focus on maintaining priority areas.
Facilities reports snow and campus access conditions to the Vice President for Administration (usually by 5 am). This allows enough time (usually by 6 am) to notify the campus community of University schedule changes utilizing media outlets, the University's website and switchboard and the Rave text messaging system.
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