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WEATHER ALERT: Ring Road parking ban until noon...Severe cold temperatures. Take precautions...More updates.

Please return to this page frequently throughout the day for campus service and operations updates.

All services and operations should be operating on a normal holiday schedule unless otherwise noted. These are subject to change. Please return to this page for updates throughout the day.

PARKING BAN

A Ring road Parking ban is in effect until noon on Monday, February 16.

FITNESS CENTER

Monday: Noon to 8 p.m.

LAW SCHOOL

Monday: Open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS

Extremely low temperatures and wind chills are expected over the next several days. Whether living on campus or off, please take the following precautions to minimize the dangers presented by severe cold weather:

LIVING ON CAMPUS

-- Wear layers. Buildings are cooler in some spots and warmer in others, so wearing layers allows you to adapt to changing conditions.
-- Completely close and lock all room windows.
-- Residence hall rooms should be heated to at least 68F degrees from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and should be at least 64F degrees from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m..
-- Submit a work order, or contact your RA or the RA on duty if you believe your room is colder than these minimums, and we will assess conditions and respond.
-- Move all furniture, bed linens, or other personal belongings away from heat sources in the room to allow for maximum air flow.
-- Insure exterior entrance doors remain shut and latched completely even when snow or ice builds up.
-- Report problem areas at entry doors to prevent drafts and freezing pipes.

DRIVING,PARKING, AND WALKING

-- Keep a snow shovel and emergency kit in your car. Retrieve the shovel before it starts snowing.
-- Clear your car off and push snow into the plow lanes to minimize being snowbound in a parking space after plowing.
-- Watch for snow plows.
-- Minimize pedestrian activity during heavier snow conditions.
-- Use extra caution while walking as icy conditions persist.
-- Keep an eye on the University website for all weather alerts, including parking bans.

ADDITIONAL TIPS ON STAYING SAFE DURING SEVERELY COLD WEATHER

To learn more about staying safe during periods of severely cold weather, go to:

www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/extreme-cold.html

CAMPUS PREPARATIONS

The University is taking the following actions:
-- Increasing heating water temperatures and overnight temperatures in buildings.
-- Double checking all heating units in mechanical spaces exposed to exterior walls of buildings.
-- Acquiring additional road and walkway salt to replenish its supplies. Supplies are being distributed first to state roadways, hospitals, and then municipalities, including colleges and universities.

Please call Department of Public Safety with any concerns at 508-999-8107. Please Report hazardous conditions ASAP.

Please return to this page frequently throughout the weekend for updated storm information.
 

Author:  "John Hoey [Contact]"
Date:  16-Feb-2015
Department:   Public Affairs

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http://www.umassd.edu/communications/articles/showarticles.cfm?a_key=3077