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10.30.12 |

Monday, Oct. 30, 2012 | 10:30 a.m.
Lebanon Valley College will resume its normal, daily activities tomorrow on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Thus:

--All faculty and staff should report as scheduled to campus on Wednesday.

--All classes and campus activities will be held as scheduled on Wednesday.

--All campus offices will reopen for their customary hours on Wednesday.

--All food service operations will resume their normal daily schedules on Wednesday.

--The Arnold Sports Center, Health Center, and Bishop Library will resume their normal daily schedules on Wednesday.

Regarding today, Tuesday, Oct. 30, please remember:

--All classes and activities are cancelled;

--All campus offices remain closed;

--Residence halls remain open for students;

--Food service will be offered from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mund College Center;

--The Arnold Sports Center has reopened for its normal hours;

--The Health Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

--The Bishop Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.;

--The Blair Music Center will open at 11 a.m. for normal hours;

--Lynch Memorial Hall will be open at 11 a.m. for normal hours;

--The Convenience Store will be open for normal hours.

Our campus appears to have emerged without any significant damage. Although the worst weather from Hurricane Sandy appears to have passed Central Pennsylvania, please continue to exercise caution. Avoid any fallen power lines, downed wires, or driving through standing water. However, if you observe any damage or issues of concern, please contact public safety at X6111 or 867-6111.

President Thayne and the LVC Critical Incident Management team wish to thank all members of the LVC community for your patience, thoughtfulness, and understanding as we met the challenges posed by Hurricane Sandy. Now that the worst of the storm has passed, we urge community members to use this time wisely as normal campus activities begin to resume. In particular, we wish to compliment the fine work by our essential personnel (public safety, food service, facilities, and student affairs) who exhibited exemplary professionalism over many hours and days to maintain a safe, comfortable environment for all.

If there is a reason you are not able to resume your customary activities on Wednesday, please contact your pertinent faculty member or supervisor.

Please stay off the roadways as clean up continues. If you must drive somewhere, please use these contacts to obtain information about road closures:

Lebanon County EOC: 717-272-7621 x 252
Lancaster County EOC: 1-800-808-5236
Dauphin County EOC: 717-558-6300
York County EOC: 717-840-2990
Schuykill County EOC: 570-621-9922
PENNDOT state road closures at www.511PA.com

Although we anticipate this communication will be the last one we issue regarding Hurricane Sandy and its effects, please continue to monitor the College’s website at www.lvc.edu.   


Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 | 5 p.m.
Lebanon Valley College will remain closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30 due to Hurricane Sandy. This storm is slated to intensify over Central Pennsylvania from 5 p.m. tonight to 5 a.m. tomorrow, causing sustained high winds and heavy rains. Please exercise care in the coming hours, remain in a safe place, and stay off the roads.

LVC’s closure tomorrow means:

--All classes, whether daytime or evening, are cancelled;

--All campus activities are cancelled;

--All campus offices will be closed;

--Essential personnel (public safety, food service, facilities, and student affairs) should report to campus as scheduled;

--Residence halls will remain open for students, who should be aware that their room key will also open the main door of their residence hall if a power outage occurs;

--Food service tomorrow will be offered from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mund College Center;

--The Arnold Sports Center, Health Center, and Bishop Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and will close at 5 p.m. tonight (Monday, Oct. 29).

--The Convenience Store will be open tonight, 7-11 p.m..

President Thayne and the LVC Critical Incident Management team will meet again at 9 a.m. tomorrow to monitor further developments. After that meeting, an update will be provided in mid-morning. Please continue to reference www.lvc.edu, social media, campus email, and the emergency alert system to keep updated.

Please be patient, thoughtful and kind to all members of our campus community – particularly if power outages occur. Be mindful that all College policies remain in effect.

If you must drive somewhere, please use these phone numbers to obtain information about road closures:

Lebanon County EOC: 717-272-7621 x 252
Lancaster County EOC: 1-800-808-5236
Dauphin County EOC: 717-558-6300
York County EOC: 717-840-2990
Schuykill County EOC: 570-621-9922
PENNDOT state road closures at www.511www.511PA.comPA.com


Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 | 11 a.m.
Lebanon Valley College wishes to update our community regarding the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This storm is projected to pass through Central Pennsylvania during the next 24 hours. It will bring high winds of 55+ miles per hour and heavy rains of at least five inches that may cause flooding and possible power outages. You should exercise extreme caution and remain in a safe, dry place. Avoid any fallen power lines, downed wires, or driving through standing water. Any questions or emergency situations should be reported to public safety at X6111 or 867-6111.
Regarding students and those remaining on campus, please keep these facts in mind:

--All classes and campus activities for today are cancelled. All campus offices remain closed.

--Residence halls, food service, and public safety remain available at all times. In the event of a power outage, students should know that their room key will also open the main door of their residence hall as well.

--Both the Arnold Sports Center and the Health Center remain open under their normal schedule. The Bishop Library will be open from noon until 6 p.m. These schedules may be adjusted immediately if the campus experiences a power outage.

President Thayne and the LVC Critical Incident Management team continue to monitor developments concerning this storm. This group will meet later this afternoon to determine appropriate next steps regarding the College’s schedule for Tuesday. An update will be provided after that meeting.

Please monitor campus communications via the website, social media, email, and the emergency alert system to stay informed.


 

October 28, 2012 | 7:45 p.m.
Lebanon Valley College will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29 due to Hurricane Sandy. This action means:

--All classes, whether daytime or evening, are cancelled;
--All campus offices will be closed;
--Only essential personnel (public safety, food service, facilities, and student affairs) should report to campus as scheduled;
--Residence halls, food service, and public safety (X6111 or 867-6111) will remain open for students; and,
--Information about availability of other campus facilities (Arnold Sports Center, Library, and Health Center) will be provided tomorrow.

Please continue to monitor campus communications via the website, social media, email, and the emergency alert system.


October 28, 2012 | 5:30 p.m.
Dear LVC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members:
 
President Thayne and the Lebanon Valley College Critical Incident Management team continue to monitor developments regarding Hurricane Sandy. This storm brings the potential for significant rain and winds to Central Pennsylvania. There is a chance that Annville could experience a loss of electrical power at some point in time. We ask that LVC community members exercise caution in the hours/days ahead and remain in safe areas as much as possible. In particular, please avoid any fallen power lines, downed wires, and driving through standing water. If you need to report a hazardous situation, please contact Public Safety at X6111 or 867-6111.

We urge you to continue to monitor campus communications via the website, social media, email, and the emergency alert system. You can also sign up for emergency updates from the Annville Police Department by visiting www.annvillepolice.com. At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, we can report the following important information and notices:

Public Safety
Public safety staff remains in ongoing contact with local and regional emergency services agencies, including the Annville Township Police Department, the Annville Township Emergency Management Coordinator, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. They will continue to provide routine 24/7 coverage for the campus community with extra personnel on standby. Contact them at X6111 or 867-6111 in case of emergency.

Classes and Campus Activities
At this point in time, all Monday classes and campus activities will be held as scheduled. Updates will be provided as needed if circumstances change.

Campus Offices
All campus offices will open on Monday according to the normal schedule.

Dining Hall
The Dining Hall will remain open according to its normal schedule. If power outages occur, certain dining functions may be limited.

Residence Halls
Residence halls will remain open at all times. All Resident Assistants will serve as a point of communication and support during the storm. Consult your RA about any particular concerns or circumstances in your building. Please keep all windows closed at all times. Do not use candles under any circumstances. Fire and smoke-detection systems will remain active with the assistance of emergency generators if needed. There will be limited emergency-powered lighting in the building in the case of a power outage.

Power Outages/Computer and Electronic Devices
--Please charge all electronic devices before the storm and place them in a safe area away from possible water and wind damage, such as windows and floors.

--Please use this time before the storm reaches campus to finalize any work or communications that require Internet access as extended power outages could limit your ability to use the Internet over the next few days.

--Unplug all electronic devices prior to the height of the storm to avoid electrical surges that can cause serious damage; this precaution includes computers, televisions, DVD and Blueray players, and gaming consoles.

--Please note that doors that require card access may experience outages during the height of the storm. Please communicate issues to Public Safety at X6111 and assist fellow students with access while ensuring that only authorized LVC community members enter campus facilities.

Arnold Fitness Center
Fitness facilities will be open as scheduled.

Library
The Library will be open as scheduled.

Health Center
The Health Center will open on Monday as scheduled.

Please be assured that LVC’s Critical Incident Management team will remain vigilant regarding the storm and its implications. Official updates will come from the College’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Thank you for your cooperation.

Marty Parkes,
LVC Executive Director of Marketing and Communications


October 28, 2012 | 11 a.m.
Lebanon Valley College officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and its potential impact to the LVC campus as the storm approaches the central Pennsylvania region. In conjunction with the College’s Critical Incident/Crisis Management plan, steps have already been taken to assure that daily campus operations will continue including:


--Residence halls - all remain open;

--Dining hall - Metz food service staff have a 10-day supply of food to ensure a continued high-quality experience;

--Public safety - staff are in ongoing contact with local and regional Emergency Services agencies and will continue to provide routine 24/7 coverage for the campus community with extra personnel on standby if need be;

--Facilities - staff have taken measures to prepare proactively for the storm, including securing additional high-volume pumps, generators, and other equipment as well as having outside contractors on standby if need be;

--Classes and activities- At this point ALL scheduled activities & classes are continuing as scheduled.

A College leadership team will meet this afternoon to monitor developments and make appropriate plans concerning the storm and its potential impact. Further updates will be posted on the College’s website at www.lvc.edu, as well as distributed through the campus e-mail system, social media, and various media outlets.

If an emergency situation occurs, updates will also be issued through LVC’s e2campus alert system. If you have not enrolled in that alert system, please do so by using this link: http://www.lvc.edu/emergency-alerts.



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