Hurricane Sandy Update -- Villanova University Open on Wednesday, October 31

Update - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1:30 p.m.

With Hurricane Sandy having now moved out of the area, all classes and other University operations will resume a normal schedule on Wed., Oct. 31. Unfortunately, we understand that some students may be unable to arrive for classes because of the side effects of the storm. These students should contact their instructors who will be asked to assist them in making up any class work. Please travel safely as you return back to campus.

Update - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:05 a.m.

All clear. Campus remains closed, however little or no damage. No loss of power.

Update - Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.

Villanova and the surrounding area are currently under a high wind warning and flood warning. Students are urged to stay inside until the storm passes and the "all clear" is issued.

Update - Monday, Oct. 29, 11:40 a.m.

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the area, we want to communicate important safety information about the storm, as well as the University’s preparation and response.  
 
Please note that the speed of the storm has accelerated. It is expected to impact the campus sometime this afternoon. When storm conditions develop, a Nova Alert will be issued advising students to take shelter. It is imperative that all students remain inside during this storm and do not travel across campus or even between buildings unless advised that it is safe to do so.  
 
The University has been readying the campus for the storm, as well as working with emergency officials from Radnor Township. University officials will be in continual communication with outside emergency responders and other public officials throughout the event. The information found below will help prepare you for what to expect as a result of this storm. Most importantly, please do your part by being prepared and acting responsibly.   

Power Outages are very likely during this storm. Consider charging your cell phone during the day today so that you can continue to receive updates. As we have in the past, we will be using Nova Alert (which sends both an email and a text message) AND the University’s email system to send updates. You likely receive two identical email messages – one from the Nova Alert system and one from the University’s email system. This is done intentionally to provide some level of redundancy in emergency communications.  
  
In the event that power is lost, back-up generators will provide emergency lighting in the corridors and stairwells of the residence halls. Do not use candles in the event of a power outage.  
  
Public Safety officers will be stationed throughout University-owned residence halls to assist as they are able. Be advised however that Public Safety, VEMS, and other emergency responders will be able to respond only to true emergencies during the storm. Non-emergency services such as escorts and transports will be suspended while dangerous conditions exist. Once the storm passes and conditions are safe, a Nova Alert will be issued giving the “all clear”. Please remember that starting at Noon,  the St. Mary’s, Dougherty, and Donahue dining halls are providing food that students can take back to the halls in the event conditions prevent traveling to the dining hall to eat.  
  
In the event of a power outage, the University phone system may not operate. This will also affect Public Safety’s emergency number (610) 519-4444. If you are unable to reach Public Safety through the emergency number, a phone line not connected to the University’s main phone system will be active at the Public Safety Communications Center. That phone number is 610-519-0524. If all other communication systems fail, an RA in each residence hall will be issued a public safety radio and can communicate with Public Safety directly.  

**Additionally, Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the campus sometime this afternoon, which is earlier than expected. As a result, the dining halls will close at 4:00 PM, NOT 7:00 as advertised yesterday. We would encourage students to eat sooner rather than later in advance of the storm. As a reminder, food is available to take back to the residence halls in the event conditions make it unsafe to leave the halls.
  
Flooding is a major concern along with downed trees and power lines. Do not attempt to walk or drive through standing water and stay away from downed power lines. Off-campus students are urged to stay off the roads during the storm and to monitor local government websites, TV, and radio for information: 
  
www.radnor.com 
www.lowermerion.org 
www.umtownship.org 
http://conshohockenpa.org 
www.phila.gov 

Update - Sunday, Oct. 28, 7:15 p.m.

As you already know, the University is closed tomorrow and Tuesday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. The latest information suggests that the leading edge of the storm will arrive by morning on Monday, with severe weather scheduled to arrive sometime later in the day. Between 5 and 10 inches of rain are expected, along with sustained high winds. Stay tuned to local and national media for the latest information on the storm.

With many students remaining on campus, we want to make you aware of the following information regarding various campus offices and facilities. Unless specifically stated otherwise, you should assume that all University offices are closed.

Department of Public Safety – The Department of Public Safety will remain in operation 24 hours a day throughout the storm. In the event that the campus phone system shuts down, you can attempt to contact Public Safety by calling 610-519-0524.

University Health Center – The University Health Center will remain in operation 24 hours a day throughout the storm.

Dining Halls – Dougherty, Donahue, St. Mary’s, and Holy Grounds will be in operation tomorrow from 9AM until 7:00 PM. Beginning at Noon, All three dining halls will be offering “Operation Bagged Breakfast”, with offerings of bottled water, bagels, peanut butter, fruit, cookies, and energy bars. Students may pack a breakfast for Tuesday morning should conditions remain unsafe to go to the dining halls.

Transportation -  The University shuttle service will not be in operation until the University re-opens. In addition, SEPTA’s entire operation will be shut down effective Midnight tonight (Sunday).

All University van trips are cancelled until the University re-opens.

Athletic Facilities – The Davis Center will be open from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Monday and will not re-open until the University resumes normal operations. Farley and Stanford Fitness Centers will be closed on Monday and throughout the storm. The Jake Nevin gymnasium will be open from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Monday and will not re-open until the University resumes normal operations.

More information will be provided early Monday as the storm draws nearer to the region.

Update - Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Villanova University will be closed on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday October 30 in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the region. Residential students may wish to consider returning home; however, food and other essential services will be available for those who choose to stay. Essential employees will be briefed about their assignments by their supervisors. All other non-essential employees should not attempt to travel to the campus.  
 
Nova Alert and email will be the primary ways the University communicates about this situation as it develops. In addition, updates will be posted on the University’s website as needed. 
 
Off-campus students who choose to remain in the area should also monitor the official website of the city, borough, or township where you reside for information and instructions. Flooding is a major concern with this storm, along with downed power lines and trees. Off-campus students are urged to stay off the roads during the storm and to monitor local government websites, TV, and radio for information about road closures: