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Hurricane Sandy Campus Safety Updates

Updates on the college's preparations for the severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy will be posted on this page. Urgent notifications regarding the college's response to the storm's impact will be posted directly to the home page at www.marist.edu, as well as to the college's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.

Dear Member of the Marist Community:

With the worst of Hurricane Sandy having passed our region, the College’s senior administrators and student leadership met again this morning to assess conditions on campus and in the surrounding community.

Fortunately, damage to the campus was mostly limited to flooding at the waterfront, which remains closed until further notice. However, we know that many members of the extended Marist family in the tri-state area and beyond are dealing with very difficult situations in their home communities, and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they work to recover from the storm.

Classes will resume today at 12:30 p.m., and college offices will reopen at 12 p.m. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to assess local conditions and use their best judgment in deciding whether it is safe to travel to campus.

Also, the deadline for withdrawing from classes has been extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Given the serious damage suffered in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, and elsewhere, we understand that students, faculty, and staff may want to travel home to be with their families. Before doing so, we urge everyone to assess travel conditions and adhere to all rules and recommendations of local authorities.

We want to thank the entire Marist community for their cooperation in recent days.

Thank you,

Marist College

Office of Public Affairs
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-575-3174

 

Monday, Oct. 29, 11:55 a.m.

Dear Member of the Campus Community:

Updated forecasts call for the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s winds and rain to impact our
area this evening into early Tuesday morning.

The College’s senior administrative team, including student leadership, met again this
morning to review forecast and preparedness updates. Tuesday morning classes have
been cancelled, and College offices will be closed until 12 p.m. tomorrow.

The team will continue to assess conditions throughout the storm, and any updates
regarding Tuesday afternoon and evening classes, as well as any further office closures, will be
ent out by 10 a.m. Tuesday morning or sooner, if conditions warrant.

Given the certainty of very high winds, we urge everyone to stay indoors until the storm
subsides. To encourage this, the McCann Recreation Center will close Monday at 5 p.m.,
until further notice.

The Main Dining Hall remains open to serve students Monday until 7 p.m., but all retail
food service locations remain closed until further notice.

Our top priority is keeping students, faculty, and staff safe. Toward that end, it is important
that everyone be aware of the storm's major potential threats: flooding, downed trees and
power lines, and flying debris. The College is working in concert with local emergency
response officials, who recommend that everyone take the following actions:

• Fill your car with gas
• Fully charge all cell phones and portable computers
• Never attempt to drive on a flooded road
• Never touch a downed power line
• Secure bicycles, grills, and other loose outdoor items

In addition to email, please monitor Marist.edu and the College’s official Facebook and
Twitter accounts for additional information.

Thank you, and please stay safe!

Marist College

Sunday, Oct. 28

Dear Member of the Marist Community,

As Hurricane Sandy moves closer to land, Marist is prepared to deal with its potential impacts.

Marist's senior administrative team, including representatives of student government, met again late this afternoon to review its emergency preparedness plans and ensure that the College is ready to respond to all contingencies.

Our top priority is keeping students, faculty, and staff safe. Toward that end, it is important that everyone be aware of the storm's major potential threats: flooding, downed trees and power lines, and flying debris. The College is working in concert with local emergency response officials, who recommend that everyone take the following actions:

• Fill your car with gas
• Fully charge all cell phones and portable computers
• Never attempt to drive on a flooded road
• Never touch a downed power line
• Secure bicycles, grills, and other loose outdoor items

To deal with potential power outages, students living in private off-campus housing should make sure to stock up on flashlights and batteries, water, non-perishable food, cash, and first aid items. As a reminder, don’t use candles or other open flames for lighting or heating. Also, outdoor grills should never be used inside.

Because of the likelihood of storm surges, Our Office of Safety & Security is closing access to Longview Park, and it will remain closed until further notice.

Daytime classes will be held Monday. Information about Monday evening and Tuesday classes will be posted at www.Marist.edu by 1 p.m. tomorrow. Or, call (845) 575-5500 for updates on cancellations. Updates will also be posted to the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We are aware that many members of the Marist family live in areas which could be hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy. Please know that we are keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers and hope that everyone makes it through the storm safely.

Thank you,

Marist College

 

Saturday, Oct. 27

The following message was sent via email Saturday, Oct. 27, to Marist students, parents, faculty, and staff to update them on the college's preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

Dear Member of the Marist Community:

As Hurricane Sandy looks increasingly likely to impact our region, you should know that the College's senior administrators are tracking the storm and making all necessary preparations to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are safe and to minimize disruption to college operations.

The college's emergency response coordination team, consisting of senior administrators from student affairs and housing, safety and security, academic affairs, and IT, as well as other departments, met late Friday afternoon. Steps have been taken to prepare for the various scenarios that the storm may present, and the college is coordinating these efforts with local emergency response officials.

We will continue to track the storm and implement response plans as needed. We will update the community again by email on Monday morning and then regularly after that on the home page of Marist.edu, as the storm develops and we have a better idea of how it will affect the college.

Thank you,

Dennis J. Murray
President

 

Marist College Office of Public Affairs, (845) 575-3174.

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