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Roberto N. Ifill 
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Linda Wallace
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Hurricane Irene News Update

8/28

Dear St. Mary’s Community:

Forgive our radio silence – we have not had phones, internet, and email since about 5 pm on Saturday. Phones came up at about 3:30 pm on Sunday. As of right now, we can email to people physically on campus, but no one off campus yet. If you are off campus, you know that our servers and email are back up because you are receiving this note. Students – if you get this email, share the details with your families because I don’t know when I will be able to send theirs to them.

St. Mary’s College weathered Hurricane Irene well. No injuries to those staying on campus during the storm; no major structural damage to buildings. We did take on a lot of water.

My sincere appreciation and congratulations to the professional and student staff members who worked to prepare the campus, through the storm, and cleaning up. My admiration to the expanded Emergency Response Team for your excellent work. My sincere thanks to all the students who rose to the occasion and followed the safety warnings, helped each other and the staff, and are already starting to help clean up in residences. We are doing a campus clean up on Monday starting at 1 pm. Meet at the Campus Center Patio.

Students who were not on campus are welcome to return at any time, provided you can travel safely. Check in ends on Sunday at midnight, and resumes again on Monday morning at 8 am. For returning students’ travel to campus, information about local conditions can be found at www.somd.com or http://www.chart.state.md.us/StormInfo/IPS_Data.asp. The second website posts information about road closures and bridge conditions in Maryland.

The Great Room will begin service for dinner tonight from 4-6 pm. Monday, the Great Room and Upper Deck will be open from 10:30-1:30 for brunch and 5-7:30 pm for dinner. On Tuesday, the Great Room and Upper Deck will resume normal semester hours. On Wednesday, the Lewis Quad Grab-N-Go will open.

The College is fully open on Monday but there are no classes scheduled. Tuesday, classes will begin for the semester. Remember, we will be having classes on Labor Day.

If you see areas of damage, please see your RA or Office Associate to submit a work order to Physical Plant.

I hope you and yours weathered Hurricane Irene as well as we did, if you were in her path. As for us, this weather event was another chance for us to demonstrate what a special community St. Mary’s College of Maryland is.

Laura A. Bayless, PhD Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

8/27/11
1 pm

Dear St. Mary’s Community,

The expanded Emergency Response Team met at 10 am. We are in great shape for Hurricane Irene. Here are some examples of our preparations and current activities:

  • Public Safety staff are patrolling the campus, and will be on campus for the duration of the storm.
  • Physical Plant and Grounds Crews are making sure storm drains are working properly, double checking that gutters are cleared of debris, and ensuring that unsecured items are moved or stored appropriately. They are on campus for the duration of the storm.
  • Food has been delivered to each residence for dinner Saturday through dinner Sunday.

o   Students may take sandwiches, hand fruit, chips, cookies, and other items with them from brunch today.

o   Examples of the food delivered to the residences are peanut butter, jelly, bread, granola bars, hand fruit, bagels, chips, bottled water, etc. Students with food allergies should notify the residence life staff, and look for the food marked “gluten free”, etc.

  • Orientation activities continue this afternoon. Movies are playing in Cole Cinema and craft activities are in the Great Room until 3 pm. Residence Life RA offices have games to check out.
  • Residence Life student and professional staff will be spread throughout campus for the duration of the storm. All students staying on campus should be sure to check in at the RA Office and pick up food between 4:30 and 5 pm today so that the staff knows which students are sheltering in which residences.
  • At the residence hall meetings last night, all students sheltering on campus were given instructions about how to stay safe in a hurricane. Follow these warnings without fail.
  • Students found outside after 7 pm will be referred to the judicial board for endangering oneself or others and failure to comply with a reasonable request of a college official.

Shelter in place is projected to end at 3 pm on Sunday, August 28, weather and conditions permitting. For returning students’ travel to campus on Monday, August 29, information about local conditions can be found at www.somd.com or http://www.chart.state.md.us/StormInfo/IPS_Data.asp. The second website posts information about road closures, bridge conditions, etc.

Let’s all stay safe and look out for each other.

Laura A. Bayless, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
St. Mary's College of Maryland

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8/26/11
5 pm

Dear St. Mary’s Community:

Current projections for Hurricane Irene show the path to be directly over parts of Maryland and St. Mary’s County, and we are under a Hurricane Warning effective at 11 am on Friday, August 26, 2011. We will begin feeling the effects of the hurricane’s outer bands through rain and wind starting about noon on Saturday.

St. Mary’s College is not evacuating. We are sheltering in place for students who wish to stay.

Any residential students who have checked in for the semester may go home for the weekend if your travel will be safe. Be sure to notify a member of the residence life staff so that we can account for you.

· The Waterfront is closed for all activities immediately (Friday, August 26, 5 pm) and all boats have been moved to safety.

· The College will be closed to visitors beginning on Saturday, August 27 at 6 am, except for family members bringing students who have been previously approved to move in to campus on Saturday morning.

For all students who remain on campus over the weekend, note the following:

· Mandatory shelter in place goes in effect at 5 pm on Saturday, August 27, unless conditions dictate that it must be earlier. Students must get to and remain in a residence hall, suite, townhouse or apartment as of 5 pm on Saturday. You may shelter with friends rather than in your own room if you prefer.

· If you are found outside after 7 pm, you will be referred to the judicial board for endangering oneself or others and failure to comply with a reasonable request of a college official.

· Students must report to the res life office in the residence where you intend to shelter between 4:30 and 5 pm on Saturday so that the staff members know you will be in the building for the duration of the storm and can account for you.

· Shelter in place is planned to end at 3 pm on Sunday, August 28, weather and other safety conditions permitting.

· Students who live in Calvert Hall will be relocated for safety purposes. Please contact your Resident Assistant or Residence Hall Coordinator for details. New students should also contact their Orientation Leader for assistance in finding a space to stay.

· Food and bottled water will be delivered to the residences to serve students for the duration of the storm. Saturday dinner and food for Sunday will be available to pick up from the staff offices as you report between 4:30 and 5 pm.

· The residence life staff will distribute information about how to stay safe in a hurricane at mandatory hall meetings for all residents on campus tonight, Friday, August 26 at 10:15 pm. Follow these warnings without fail.

Public Safety, Physical Plant, Grounds Crew, Housekeeping, Residence Life staff, and Student Activities staff members will be on campus throughout the storm. If you are directed to do something by them, follow their instructions immediately for your safety.

Laura A. Bayless, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
St. Mary's College of Maryland