We have begun precautionary preparations for potential high winds and heavy snow. We have adequate food staples in stock, and the Commons Dining Facility will be open regular hours throughout the storm's duration.
In case of loss of electrical power, three-fourths of University buildings have generators and these generators have been fueled up to capacity. Non-generator student residences include Village Apartments 1-7, Regents Park, Park River, and Asylum Avenue Campus. If power is lost in these residences, students will have to be evacuated within 90 minutes of the outage. This is because the battery backup for the life safety equipment (fire alarm, sprinklers, etc.) is two hours.
If power is lost in any of these non-generator buildings, students will be told they have no more than two hours to prepare to evacuate. They will be asked to evacuate in an orderly fashion and to prepare for at least 48 hours, meaning they should pack personal items, medications, toiletries and anything else they may need for a two-day period.
Evacuated students will be moved to the Sports Center which has generator power and ample bathrooms and space. Food will be available in the Commons.
Making decisions that are in the best interest of students, faculty, and staff is our utmost concern at this time. Please monitor all forms of communication closely for any updates.
In addition to monitoring University information, non-residential students are also encouraged to review preparation lists that are being recommended by Connecticut Light and Power and the American Red Cross.
Information on available community services including shelters that are open after the storm can be obtained 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week by simply dialing 2-1-1 or going to www.211ct.org.