College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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lost power for 10 days — the building fed staff, students, and others on campus. At the request of state and local officials, Monmouth's Boylan Gym and Multipurpose Activity Center served as a temporary emergency evacuation center. The facility became the state's largest shelter. Led by the Monmouth University police chief and the County under sheriff, the shelter provided social and welfare services, medical services, counselors, and volunteers. It also housed members of the New Jersey National Guard close to the action. Monmouth weathered the storm without injury or major damage. In Lakewood, Georgian Court University urged the school's 3,000 students and 600 faculty and staff to evacuate. "About 100 students, University employees, and a community of Sisters of Mercy remained on campus," says Chief of Security Thomas Zambrano. The worst challenge was keeping people safe from flying tree limbs and falling trees. The Georgian Court campus lost about 60 of its tall and stately trees. "We started patrolling before the storm," Zambrano says. "When flying limbs became a danger, we notified those on campus to shelter in place. We kept our dining services open throughout the storm and delivered food to the residence halls so that only a small number of people were outside in potential danger." Fortunately none of the 60 trees that were downed by the storm damaged Georgian Court or neighboring property. Zambrano says that the severity of the power outage persuaded him to purchase additional generators to keep more buildings PHOTO COURTESY OF RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SANDY GOES TO COLLEGE BROKEN BUT UNBOWED. On the campuses of Rutgers University in New Jersey, a number of large trees were downed by the storm and power was knocked out, but the University's emergency response before, during, and after the hurricane hit kept everyone on campus safe. A post on the Rutgers Students Blog after the storm confirms the University's successful response: "Rutgers quickly rose to the occasion, and it seems as if nothing ever happened on the campuses." online in the future. "We've had generators on campus for years," he says. "But this time, the power was out for a long time, and after a certain number of hours you have to shut a generator down for maintenance. So you need back up generators. "Another lesson concerns IT infrastructure. When the generator powering our IT systems went down, we lost Internet connectivity and the ability to communicate with those on campus. When we connected the replacement generator, we also had to bring in IT technicians to repair systems and reconnect to the network. "You also need a supply of fuel to keep the generators and emergency vehicles running. Fuel was a problem in New READ MORE ABOUT THE HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE To read about emergency response to Hurricane Sandy on the campuses of Fordham University, Wagner College, and Stony Brook University in New York State, log on to CP&M's article archive at id=3959 20 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 Jersey. Gas stations couldn't open with electricity. We're considering a fuel storage facility that we would fi ll up before a storm." Inland New Jersey Princeton University was on break at the time of the storm. Only about 1,000 of the school's 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students remained on campus. "We told the students to stay inside during the storm," says Treby Williams, assistant vice president for safety and administrative planning. "We kept one dining hall open. Students near the dining hall came in for meals. We provided cold take-out meals for those living too far away from the dining hall." While some Princeton buildings rely on the grid for power, many draw electricity through underground lines carrying electricity from a campus co-generation plant. Those buildings did not lose power. Generators supported buildings that did lose power. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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