College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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Safety & Security PHOTO COURTESY OF MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY PREPARE AND BE AWARE Sandy Goes to College At colleges and universities along the Eastern Seaboard, Hurricane Sandy tested emergency operations capabilities. BY MICHAEL FICKE S A S HURRICANE SANDY approached the New Jersey shore at the end of October, colleges and universities across the state prepared to protect students and staff and, in many cases, take in evacuees who had lost their homes. College Planning & Management asked four schools in New Jersey to describe their preparations and their experiences battling the storm. They include Monmouth University in Long Branch, Georgian Court University in Lakewood, Princeton University in Princeton and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, and other locations around the state. For these schools, Sandy was a wind event with little rain. Still, the forecast called for destructive 50 mph sustained winds and gusts of 70 to 90 mph. Each campus activated its emergency operations plan several days before Sandy's arrival, with the goal of encouraging students and other campus residents who could go home or elsewhere to do so. Winnowing campus populations made it easier to maintain power, often with generators, in enough buildings to house and feed those that remained. Each campus's emergency operations group used mass notification technology, home pages, emergency websites, and social media to inform the community when it was time to shelter in place and to keep everyone updated about conditions. Preparations complete, Hurricane Sandy roared ashore right on time. The Jersey Shore At Monmouth University, 300 of 6,000 students remained on campus when the storm hit. "All were hunkered down in on-campus residence halls," says Paul G. Gaffney II, president of Monmouth University, in a prepared statement. The dining hall became the incident command center, continues Gaffney. Running on generator power — the campus JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 19

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