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Adverse Weather Plan
With the change in weather, everyone seems to be looking forward to seeing some snow. Then, it dawns on us that there will be some challenges when it does snow. Plowing, shoveling, treating for ice and so on.
We, in Facilities, would like to let the campus community know what our normal response to a snow event consists of so everyone can know what to expect. We address snow removal with priorities to effectively address each area of campus. These are established with consideration for safety and main traffic avenues as the first priority. Priorities are:
1. Maintaining the 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 a snow event will actually do. On a typical day we arrive to begin snow removal activity about 3 a.m. in the morning or as we anticipate a plow-able snow of 2 inches or more. With no mechanical difficulties and a full crew we are typically able to have the entire campus ready by 8am. With a continuing snow event, we concentrate on the main priority areas throughout the day to maintain access.
Facilities reports snow and campus access conditions to the VP of Academic Affairs (usually by 5 a.m.) for evaluation as to whether the University should close or delay operations. This allows enough time to communicate with radio, TV, phone alert messages and the web for communication of a change in schedule.
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