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Hurricane Sandy Information
Boston University is taking every precaution necessary given the threat of Hurricane Sandy. University wide planning started last week, and is in full force as the storm approaches. Because of the storm, classes are canceled on the Charles River Campus on Monday, October 29, 2012. An update about Tuesday’s classes will be given around 8pm on Monday.
The University will update students about the storm via several sources: BU Today, BU Alert texts and calls and University wide emails. The Dean Elmore, BU FYI and BU Tweets Twitter accounts will also update students as needed.
For more information on the storm, we recommend turning to local news channels or your preferred weather news sources. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a Sandy update page, and the National Weather Service has constant updates on the storm’s status.
Both Dining Services, Residence Life and Facilities Management and Planning have prepared for the storm on campus. Students who live on campus have received communication from Residence Life about preparations and resources. The email that on-campus students received is posted below.
If you live off-campus, make sure you are prepared by having bottled water, flashlights and non-perishable food.
Email sent to all students who live on campus on Sunday, October 28, 2012
Dear Resident Student:
You are likely aware that Hurricane Sandy is moving northward in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic states and parts of New England. In the Boston area, we expect wind and rain tomorrow.
University personnel are prepared to deal with problems from the storm that may include water damage or power outages. We expect there may be leaks into some student accommodations, and we ask that you take precautionary steps to protect your belongings from water damage. Specifically, you should close and lock your windows when it is raining; remove electronics and books from window sills, bookshelves, and the window wall; and take items that could sustain water damage (e.g., shoes, clothes) off of the floor.
The University will closely monitor the situation and will provide updated information on BU Today (www.bu.edu/today) or the BU Alert emergency notification system, if the situation warrants. Please check BU Today regularly for information and updates, including any decisions that may be made this evening or tomorrow morning about the status of classes. The University’s current plan is for classes to meet and offices to maintain regular business hours tomorrow.
Also, we need to hear from you as soon as possible if water enters your accommodations. You may inform your local Residence Life office (hours: 9 am to
5 pm, Monday to Friday, and 7 pm to 12 midnight, seven days a week) or call the Facilities Management control desk at 617-353-2105. The control desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additional maintenance staff will be on duty throughout the storm to assist students.
If water enters your accommodations and damages any personal property, you should follow these steps:
1. Conduct an inventory of the damaged property and hold on to the property (do not discard it);
2. Complete a Student Property Damage / Loss Claim Form from the University’s Risk Management website (www.bu.edu/risk);
3. Visit your local Residence Life office to obtain your Residence Hall Director’s or Area Director’s signature on the form.
Your Residence Hall Director or Area Director will submit the completed form on your behalf to Risk Management for review. Be sure to request a copy of your completed Student Property Damage / Loss Claim Form for your own records.
Should you lose power in your residence during the storm, a flashlight is your best source of light. Candles pose a fire safety risk and are prohibited in the student residences. If you need a flashlight during a power outage, please see your resident assistant (RA) or the RA on-call; RAs have access to a limited supply in the hall and area Residence Life offices.
Lastly, we ask that all the members of the University community exercise caution in their travels – whether on- or off-campus – and good judgment to ensure their personal safety.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Assistant Dean of Students
& Director of Residence Life
Executive Director, BU Housing and Dining