Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The campus weathered the wind and rain remarkably well, and we did not experience any power outages. Classes and activities will resume as planned at 4:00 p.m. today.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Due to the current weather forecast, the College will close today at 4:00 p.m. There will be no classes or evening events. Staff not responsible for delivering essential student services should also leave for home at 4:00 p.m. Dining services will operate its regular schedule this evening.
In addition, tomorrow's Plan Day will be postponed until next Tuesday; weather permitting, classes will resume at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. Staff should call 802-442-5401, x8818, tomorrow morning to listen to a recorded message about College operations on Tuesday (see inclement weather policy).
If the situation changes, we will let you know by email and on the Bennington College homepage. Should the College experience a loss of power, we will use our Send Word Now emergency system to deliver messages to your cell phone. We will be in regular communication with House Chairs, and they will serve as an ongoing resource for the latest information in the student houses.
Storm Preparations and What You Can Do
- Charge your cell phone and turn off non-critical applications to preserve battery power.
- All student houses are equipped with battery-powered emergency lighting that will last one to three hours. House Chairs have been issued flash lights with batteries.
- Commons, Dickinson, Crossett Library, Campus Safety, VAPA, and the maintenance building are all equipped with back-up generators to ensure that critical services are not interrupted in the event of a power outage.
- The maintenance team is taking steps to secure untethered items and to attend to any tree limbs in danger of falling. The College's power lines run primarily along the perimeter of campus and Campus Safety will be monitoring them closely.
- Please keep windows closed.
- Please avoid any unnecessary time outdoors.
We will provide ongoing updates and instructions as needed. In the meantime, you can track the progress of the storm by visiting the National Weather Service.