Extreme Weather

When extreme weather hits our area, the College is ready to keep students safe and the campus running. Here are a few things you should know.

Emergency Notifications (e2campus alerts)

During extreme weather events and other campus emergencies, the College will communicate via our e2campus alert system. In addition to text messages, alerts will be sent to:

  • email addresses registered with your e2campus accounts (in some cases, all "@landmark.edu" addresses as well). 
  • the Student Affairs Facebook Page
  • the Campus Security Page
  • Voice messages registered with your e2campus accounts (the phone will ring and a computerized voice will start talking).

Is your e2campus information current? Log in here to check your e2campus account and settings.

"Snow Days"

Snow and ice in the forecast always means wondering whether or not a "snow day" will be called. The College will close only in the cases of extremely bad weather (and we're used to harsh weather in Vermont, so it has to get pretty bad for the College to close).

What does it mean when the College is "closed"?

Log in or check your e2Campus account to make sure your settings are up to date so that you can receive these closing announcements.

  • If the College does close, or delay opening, an email and text message will be sent to the community early in the morning and a message will be posted on our website (usually by 6:30 a.m.).
  • All classes may be canceled when the College is closed.
    • Some faculty may brave the elements and hold their classes.
    • Faculty will post in their syllabi how they will notify students (e.g., by phone, email or web posting) that they are holding classes during a day the College is closed due to inclement weather.
  • Many offices and departments may be closed as well (such as the Library, ITS, the Business Office, the Bookstore).
    • If these services are able to be open despite the weather, students will be notified by email.
    • Otherwise, students should assume that most campus services – except for the critical ones listed below – are closed.
  • The Dining Hall will remain open.
  • Residential and Security staff will still be in operation.
  • Facilities staff will also be here, probably plowing.

 

 

Faculty Absences Notification

 

  • If the College does not close, there still may be some faculty who are not able to make it to the campus given the weather and road conditions where they live, and they may cancel their individual classes.
  • To find out which faculty have called in as absent, you can check your email in the morning or go to the faculty absences page on the intranet. On this page, faculty who cannot make it to campus may give direction on what students should work on during the day.

Otherwise, if the College is open, and if your instructor is not listed on the faculty absences web page, then you are expected to attend classes as usual.

Snow Plowing

After snowfalls, the Security and Facilities department will determine a plowing schedule for the parking lots. Students will be notified by email and text messages when they will be required to move cars to an overflow parking lot by the Facilities building until the lots are clear. This process could occur multiple times over the course of a few nights until all lots are cleared.

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. In our region, floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow-moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy and intense rain that can trigger flash flooding, landslides or mud slides. Tropical storms can bring as much rain, can produce as much danger, and can cause as much damage by flooding as a hurricane.

Weather forecasting for hurricanes usually allows for up to a week of notice and planning. Here are some important things to do and remember before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm.

Before a Hurricane

  • During an extreme weather event, the College will communicate with the Landmark Community through text messages, email and Facebook pages.
    • The College is not able to ensure that students have access to charge computers or mobile phones during power outages. Make sure all of your electronics (mobile phones, computers, etc.) are being fully charged.  
    • Consider a personal battery back-up for mobile phones (such as this one) or charging cables that can be used in your car.
  • Make sure you have an appropriate supply of essential items (water, food, medication).
  • Make sure you have a working flashlight and batteries for personal use.
  • Any personal items (bikes, lawn chairs, etc.) that may blow around in high winds should be stored inside or secured.

During a Hurricane

  • Remain indoors with your windows closed, especially during periods of high wind and rain. The safest shelter is a fully enclosed building (residence halls and all administrative buildings). The Colonnade, smoking shelters, sheds, tents and open garages are not safe buildings.
  • Keep blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm — winds will pick up again.
  • Keep you mobile phone, radio or television tuned to the news alerts. News updates will also be available in hall lounges and residential offices.

After a Hurricane

  • If you do go outside, stay clear of all streams, culverts and other waterways. Water can be moving high and fast for hours or days after a storm and can cause dangerous currents.
  • If you see a downed power line, treat it as if it is a live electrical wire, and report it to Campus Security or the closest College staff member.


What happens when the power goes out?

  • Generators are on campus to keep the dining hall open and our computer and phone systems operational.
  • Heat will remain at appropriate levels for a number of days without power. During a power outage in the winter, we check the temperature in the halls every 2-3 hours. When the heat drops below 50 degrees inside student rooms, the College will offer alternative sleeping locations. Students should keep all windows closed during these times to conserve heat in the buildings for as long as possible.
  • The College will be communicating with students through text-messaging alert system (e2Campus), so make sure your cell phones are charged and used sparingly during a power outage.
  • Because of the generators, heat service will be maintained in the Dining Hall, Library and Administration buildings. These areas can be used as warming centers during power outages.
  • Some outlet power will be maintained in the Library and Administration buildings. The College will use these areas to maintain charges for staff mobile phones and 2-way radios.
  • Wireless internet access will be avialble in the Dining Hall while the generators are running, and as long as outside internet connections to the College remain intact.
  • The College is not able to ensure that students have access to charge computers or mobile phones during power outages.
    • It is recommended that students fully charge their mobile phones and laptops if power outages are expected.
    • Also recommended are personal battery back-ups for mobile phones (such as this one) or charging cables that can be used in your car.


Restrictions & Relocations

In extreme weather conditions (lightning storms, hurricanes, flooding and blizzards), the College may require students to avoid going outdoors or near certain areas of campus. To ensure student safety, student relocation may be deemed necessary. It is expected that all students will comply with these directions when they are issued by the College.

 

Lightning/Thunder Storms

The summer months in Vermont are prone to sudden but brief lightning and thunder storms. If the sky looks stormy and you hear thunder, seek shelter immediately.

  • WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO INDOORS!
  • The safest shelter is a fully enclosed building (residence halls and all administrative buildings).
  • The Colonnade, smoking shelters, sheds, tents and open garages are not safe buildings.
  • If a safe building is not available, get to a safe vehicle. A safe vehicle is any fully enclosed metal-topped vehicle such as a hard-topped car, minivan, bus, truck, etc. While inside a safe vehicle, do not use electronic devices such as radio communications during a thunderstorm.
  • Unsafe vehicles include convertibles, golf carts, riding mowers, open cab construction equipment and boats without cabins.
  • While indoors:
    • Stay OFF corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones
    • Don't touch electrical equipment or cords. Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
    • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes.
    • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches and balconies. Do not lean against exterior concrete walls.

After a lighting storm passes, you should wait 30 minutes before going back outside.

Source: www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

 

 

 

Tornadoes

 

 

 

Tornadoes in Vermont are rare, but there are occasional tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service and the College takes them seriously. In the event of a tornado warning, and with the onset of extremely high winds, be prepared to do the following:

  • Get to the basement of the closest building and, if possible, under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Avoid windows. Examples of these areas on campus include:
    • The basements of Frost Hall, Aiken Hall, Hall Four (windowless areas), Davis Hall (windowless areas), Administration Building, Library, East Academic Building, Fine Arts Building, Student Center, Facilities Building, Admissions Building, windowless areas of the dining hall.
  • If you cannot get to a basement, go to the interior/central hallway or room on the lowest floor possible. Avoid windows. Examples of these areas include:
    • The interior, windowless hallways of the first floor of Frost Hall, Aiken Hall, Middle Hall, Hall Four, Davis Hall, Chumley Halls, the Administration Building, East Academic Building, Fine Arts Building.
    • Bridges Residents should seek shelter in Chumley Halls interior lower lounge.
  • Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail. 
  • If shelter in a building is not possible, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
Source: www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety