Hurricane Sandy Update: October 28, 9 pm
The Office of the President thanks the University community for once again coming together so quickly during an emergency. We are truly prepared for whatever the storm may bring, even if it means that Rowan is asked to once again serve as an emergency shelter for residents of communities that are hardest hit by the storm.
Below is an update as to our overall state of preparedness.
- Public Safety has been in regular communication with county and state emergency response agencies so that we stay abreast of the latest information available and be able to secure resources if needed.
- The Student Center will serve as the University’s shelter for students who need to be relocated from their current residence. The Student Health Center has opened a station in Room 144, which will operate through Tuesday.
- There are dozens of employees who will be working to secure the campus and care after our students throughout the storm. Approximately, 1,140 students chose to remain on campus, but there is plenty of Housing staff staying in the residence halls and apartments to tend to any of their needs.
- Dining services will be open Monday. Students should regularly check their email for notices about changes to the schedule as the storm intensifies.
- Since all Rowan facilities will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, including the library and Rec Center, we ask that only essential employees come to work. The less cars, the more Public Safety can focus their efforts on securing our residence halls and managing any emergencies that are caused by the weather.
- The Profs’ playoff games schedule for Wednesday have been rescheduled. Please visit Athletics’ website (www.rowanathletics.com) for an update.
- Rowan is prepared to be an evacuation center for residents of surrounding communities if called upon to do so by the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management or the State Police. If this occurs, we may need volunteers. We will notify the University community via email, but ask only those who live close-by to travel to the Glassboro campus if there is a need. Our friends at Kennedy Hospital, UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and Cooper University Hospital are ready to send us physicians and other health care professionals if evacuees arrive on the Glassboro campus.
- We will notify the University community on Tuesday afternoon—before 5 pm—as to the condition of the campus and whether we will need to extend the closure.
- Employees should report any damage they find upon their return to campus to Facilities through the Rowan Works system (http://www.rowan.edu/adminfinance/facilities/).
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this weather event. Please continue to monitor the storm through news outlets and heed the advice of the experts. If you have any questions, please contact:
- University Housing, 856-256-4266
- Public Safety, 856-256-4922
- Office of the President, 856-256-4236