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President's message on Hurricane Irene, August 26, 2011

Dear members of the Vassar community,

As you know, we are expecting severe weather this weekend due to Hurricane Irene. We need your help in assuring that the campus is as secure and safe as possible as you leave for the weekend. Should you need to be here this weekend, stay inside during the storm and after the storm avoid walking under or near trees. Heavy rain and winds can cause severe damage.

Please close all windows in your offices and in any other spaces, such as classrooms, that may be near your offices. B&G will be working on this as well, but we each need to secure the windows in our own areas.

Shut down and unplug your computers. Once you've done that, also move computers away from windows.

Bring inside any loose items you may have on the lawns or other places outside the building. Before you leave today, please bring all bikes inside your offices and place them in areas that will not block exits. (Bikes must be removed from bike racks by noon Saturday so B&G can remove the racks.)

We also want to ask that if you will have a car on campus this weekend, you park it in the South Lot no later than noon on Saturday. You do not want to park your car near trees.

We know there is a great deal of uncertainty about the schedule for the next few days, given the unknown ramifications of the storm. We have strongly urged upperclass students who had permission to arrive this weekend not to do so until the storm is over. The VSA has postponed its leadership training from this weekend to a future date to be determined. The Vassar Adventure for New Students (VANS) program has also been cancelled. We understand weather conditions may interfere with students' travel plans and the Dean of Studies office will be working with students who may not be able to get to campus for the beginning of classes.

Please continue to check the college homepage for schedule updates and other announcements. If we should lose power, we will send messages to your cell phone via our emergency notification system. Please remember to charge your cell phones before the storm.

I urge you to take precautions for yourself and your family, especially in case of a prolonged power outage. Make sure you have flashlights, batteries, and water. The Dutchess County website is a source of further information:

I appreciate your cooperation. Stay safe.


Posted by Office of Communications Friday, August 26, 2011