Campus Advisory sent Saturday October 27, 6:28 p.m.
To All Faculty, Staff & Students,
This is being sent to advise the Campus Community on the impending hurricane/tropical storm “Sandy”, which is due to arrive in the Allentown area on Monday, with rain, starting in advance of the storm on Sunday. Adverse weather conditions are expected to last through Wednesday, October 31st. Heavy rain and high winds are expected.
Prior to the arrival of the storm, we are also asking that vehicles be relocated to areas away from large trees. Areas such as the North and South Quad Roads (the roads in front of Curtis, Butz, Moore, the library, etc.), West Road and along the tree lines of the parking lots. Please park vehicles to the center area of the lots or in areas where there is minimal risk of damage from falling trees and limbs.
During the height of this storm we are advising to restrict your movements and not to venture outside unless it is absolutely necessary. If you go outside, stay away from flooded areas and do not attempt to drive through any area where you cannot see the roadway through the water. To remind everyone, the areas prone to flooding on or near Cedar Crest College are; parking lot “F”, the lot between the Hamilton Boulevard Building and the Maintenance Building, also the North edge of the Hamilton Boulevard Buildings parking lot (area adjacent to the flood lot “F”) and the city park to the north of Moore Hall.
Because of the large amount of expected rain, flooding of streets may also occur; typically the intersection of College drive and Hamilton Boulevard floods when the large near-by storm drain clogs with debris. Also, flooding may reach Honochick Drive. This is the roadway along the edge of the city park just off Campus. Do not shelter or linger near any trees, as they may not withstand the force of the wind and there may be lightning associated with the storm.
Be aware that the College’s Incident Management Team will monitor the situation
and will advise the Campus Community as necessary, regarding any emergency procedures
or schedule changes the College chooses to implement. Please check your email
and cell phones regularly before and throughout the storm. Also, please call
the Campus Police (dial “0” from any Campus Telephone or 610-437-4471
from any non-Campus telephone) should anyone be in need of assistance or if you
observe any major flooding or damage occurring on Campus. For further information,
please refer to the guidelines listed below. They may be of assistance in answering
your questions and in guiding your decisions.
Mark A. Vitalos
Chief of Campus Police
From the FEMA website:
During a Hurricane
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
•Listen to the radio or TV for information.
•Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
•Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
• Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
You should evacuate under the following conditions:
•If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
•If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
•If you feel you are in danger.
If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
•Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
•Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
•Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up again.
•Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
•Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
During a Flood
If a flood is likely in your area, you should:
•Listen to the radio or television for information.
•Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
•Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
•Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
•Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
•Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
•Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
Driving Flood Facts
The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:
•Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
•A foot of water will float many vehicles.
•Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.