Tuesday classes that begin at noon or later will meet.

The campus came through Hurricane Sandy in good shape, with virtually no damage, thanks to the hard work, good judgment, and diligent preparation by faculty, staff and students prior to and during the storm. Our students assisted the American Red Cross in operating a shelter in Elting Gym that housed up to 9 people during the storm. The campus had power throughout the storm and continues to have power. Therefore, Tuesday classes that begin at noon or later will meet. Offices are open. Because nonessential personnel may choose to stay home on Tuesday, some services may be limited due to lack of personnel. The list of closed offices can be found here. This list is updated as information is made available.

In a situation where there is inclement weather, but classes are in session and offices are open, individuals (commuting students and faculty/staff) must use their best judgment as to whether or not they feel comfortable traveling on the roadways. In these circumstances, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not to travel to class and most professors are understanding of absences due to weather. The College asks that students and staff make an effort to notify professors/supervisors of their planned absence and, for employees, their intention to use their leave credits as appropriate.

Refer to the Emergency/Cancellations and Delay Policy for further information.

Food Services On Campus: Hasbrouck Dining Hall will open at 10:30 a.m. today.

On-Campus Services During Hurricane Sandy

Dear Students:

Please read the following information regarding Hurricane Sandy…

Planning and preparation have been taking place and will continue throughout the course of this weather event. For the duration of the storm, the campus will have  residence life, facilities  and emergency personnel on site to respond to your needs.

Your safety and well-being are foremost in our planning and response. Within each residence hall, your RA and RD are your primary point of contact.

Non-perishable food items have been delivered to all Residence Halls in the event on-campus food service is inoperable or weather conditions prevent students from traveling outside of the Residence Hall.

A landline (non-cordless) phone has been put in place within the RA office of each Residence Hall. Should cellular service be interrupted, students will be permitted to make brief phone-calls to contact family members. This phone will be the primary source of contact during an outage, so students will be restricted to a one-two minute conversation.
Expect heavy rains and high winds for the remainder of Monday and Tuesday. For that reason, it is important to make sure your windows are closed and secured Monday evening into Wednesday afternoon.

For the most part, using good common sense is the best approach. In the event of high winds and heavy rain, stay indoors. Blowing debris and unsure footing can be quite dangerous. Should the window in your room shatter as a result of high winds or blowing debris, move to an interior hallway in your residence hall, close your door behind you and contact an RA.

We are discouraging students and visitors from traveling to or from the New Paltz campus on Monday through Wednesday. Possible evacuations or changing storm paths may make travel difficult, if not unsafe.

As necessary, we will be updating the campus via

  • College web home page alerts : www.newpaltz.edu
  • INFOLINE: a message will be recorded on the 257-INFO (4636) hot line
  • All Faculty and Staff and All Student (all-fs/all-stu) announcements sent from ERT or Campus Update via e-mail
  • Posting to official college social media sites: Facebook and Twitter

NP Alert is an emergency alert system used by campus administration and University Police to send text and voice messages to all students and faculty during inclement weather or other on-campus emergencies.  Learn more about NP Alert…

If you have recently changed your phone number, you must update your NP Alert account at my.newpaltz.edu if you want to continue receiving alerts.

A loss of power may affect our ability to use these means. Therefore, your Resident Director will be kept up to date with any necessary information regarding emergency procedures.

Stay safe.

Your Residence Life Staff

Hurricane Sandy: Monday Classes Canceled, Offices Open

In anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Monday classes are canceled. Offices are officially open, per state policy. Forecasts call for damaging winds beginning midday on Monday. Non-essential employees are asked to use their best judgment when choosing to travel to work in these conditions. Per state policy, employees who stay home must charge their leave credits. Because the storm is expected to last through Tuesday, please stay tuned on Monday for information regarding Tuesday classes. Please be safe and take necessary precautions. Refer to the Emergency/Cancellations and Delay Policy for further information.

Because nonessential personnel may choose to stay home, some offices on campus may be understaffed. The list of closed offices can be found here. This list is updated periodically as information is made available.

Hurricane Sandy: Important Information Regarding Emergency Preparedness

Dear Campus Community,

As Hurricane Sandy is presently forecast to affect our area Monday, Oct. 29, into Tuesday, Oct. 30, we strongly recommend you read every part of this message carefully.

The message contains important information pertaining to safety procedures and emergency communications in the event of inclement weather.

Be Prepared
As this storm may cause power outages, it is recommended students make sure their laptops and phones are fully charged in advance of Sandy’s arrival.

Protect Your Electronic Devices and Important Files
Keep computers and electrical equipment (including cellphones) dry and in a safe area. Back up any important data on a portable storage device such as a flash drive.
All windows in residence halls should be closed.

Familiarize yourself with the Inclement Weather Policy (create link here)

NP Alert
NP Alert is an emergency alert system used by campus administration and University Police to send text and voice messages to all students and faculty in the event of a delay or cancellation due to inclement weather (weather alert) or other on-campus emergency. Learn more about NP Alert…

If you have recently changed your phone number, you must update your NP Alert account at my.newpaltz.edu if you want to continue receiving alerts.

The system is an integral communication tool in the college’s emergency response plan.

Why is NP Alert important?
Beyond the obvious benefits the service provides in the event of an on-campus emergency, you’ll be alerted as soon as the decision has been made to cancel classes or close campus buildings in an inclement weather event. As evidenced during last year’s hurricanes Irene and Lee, the NP Alert system is crucial in communicating important messages in the event of a weather emergency.

OTHER OFFICIAL FORMS OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATION DURING AN EMERGENCY
Together with NP Alert the campus also uses the following forms of communication to provide critical and necessary updates:

  • College web home page alerts : www.newpaltz.edu
  • INFOLINE: a message will be recorded on the 257-INFO (4636) hot line
  • All Faculty and Staff and All Student (all-fs/all-stu) announcements sent from ERT or Campus Update via e-mail
  • Posting to official college social media sites: Facebook and Twitter

Our Campus is Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
The Emergency Response Team (ERT) met with the President’s Cabinet Friday morning to plan for the storm. Our campus is taking all measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. The ERT is prepared to respond to conditions on campus and will continue to monitor, assess and respond to changing conditions throughout the course of this storm. Storm preparations include:

  • Fuel tanks are full
  • Continuous cleaning of drains for removal of leaves and debris
  • Securing construction sites and fencing
  • Water sensing alert systems are in place in critical lower levels subject to flooding that serve to insure the continuity of business and critical systems
  • Food and water have been stockpiled for on-campus residents. On Sunday, some supplies will be delivered to the residence halls in case the storm conditions make it hazardous for students to walk to the dining facilities.
  • Since Hurricane Irene and Lee last year, the college has completed a drainage project that we anticipate will help reduce the likelihood of a repeat flooding in Haggerty. However, offices are taking necessary precautions to protect vital equipment and systems.
  • We have activated our back-up web site to be able to continue to provide information in case our main site is unavailable due to power outages or other conditions. This site is simply used to provide information and does not have all the services of our regular site.

Please use good judgment and keep safety in mind when planning to travel anywhere, whether across campus or anywhere else. Debris and natural elements (such as tree branches, dirt and rocks) can become airborne, avoid pooled water or quickly running water, watch for mud and wet leaves. Rain and fog create slippery conditions and poor visibility. Remember objects can become loose and cause damage to people and property. Please take precautions to protect yourself and your property.

Remember 845 -257-2222 for any emergency