Roderick J. McDavis

President Roderick J. McDavis

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President reminds University community about importance of winter emergency planning

On Oct. 29, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent this email message to all faculty, staff and students about winter emergency planning.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Hurricane Sandy is due to make landfall on the East Coast within the next 24 hours. We know that many of our students and members of our university community have family that may be impacted more directly by this hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
While predictions suggest that the effects of the hurricane on weather in Ohio will not be significant, the storm's approach reminds us of the importance of being prepared on our campuses and in our communities for winter weather.
OHIO's staff is actively engaged in contingency planning for inclement weather. Individuals also should prepare for our traditionally unpredictable, but often severe, Southeastern Ohio winter weather. Those actions should include:

1. Staying abreast of changing weather conditions and unique situations that may develop in your local vicinity. Consult local information sources for weather warnings and information on road conditions and for hazardous conditions such as downed trees and power lines.
2. Monitoring the University's Emergency Communications channels. The University will provide official updates via a number of sources that can include text messages, emails, Facebook, and Twitter. Regular updates will also be made to the Ohio University Emergency Page. If you do not already receive emergency notifications, you can sign up to receive them on the Emergency Page.

3. Familiarizing yourself with University policies and departmental guidelines related to inclement winter weather. Guidelines for emergency closing and related compensation issues can be found here. An overview of winter weather procedures is available here.

4. Ensuring that you and your family are prepared to cope with inclement winter weather. Helpful advice on home and vehicle winter safety can be found on this web page. The safety of students, faculty, and staff is a very high priority at OHIO. Please take appropriate action to ensure you and your family are prepared for the potential impacts of our state's challenging winter season. We will continue to monitor current weather conditions and will provide appropriate communication updates as needed.

Please stay safe and plan accordingly!


Roderick J. McDavis