Following Isabel – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Following Isabel

The Colleges are making preparations for services and support should tropical storm Isabel cause electrical or other problems on campus. Wind and rain is predicted throughout the day on Friday. The HWS Emergency Operations Group is monitoring the situation closely.

Buildings and Grounds has tested emergency generators, which ensure that the library and minimal support services can operate in the event that power is lost. Should the campus lose power, the Warren Hunting Smith Library will be the initial point of communication. As things develop, Residential Education will bring information through residences. Information will be centralized in the library and a system of messages to buildings will be established from there. If a power loss continued through the night, students would not be allowed in their residences and would stay in the Library and in Bristol Gymnasium (bring a blanket, pillow and any necessary medication with you should this scenario develop).

It is recommended that students gather flashlights, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, water and a small amount of non-perishable food in the event that power is lost. Please Note: CANDLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON CAMPUS. Other tips to help weather the storm:

  • As the storm approaches, close windows, blinds and drapes.
  • Know the exits to your classroom/work building/residence.
  • If outdoors, beware of flying debris and downed power lines – presume they are live and keep your distance.
  • Have your cell phone charged.

Saga will provide food even if the power is out.

Remember, as a residential campus, HWS does not close and classes do go on as scheduled. If individual faculty members cancel classes, they will contact the Registrar’s office, which will then post the cancellation.

For updates and information, please listen to WEOS. If power is out on campus, WEOS will not broadcast. Turn to WHAM (AM 1180) Rochester, Y94 (94.5 FM) and 93Q (93.1 FM) both in Syracuse.