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Hurricane Irene (UPDATED 8/28)

August 26, 2011

Story by: Saint Anselm College
(603) 641-7000

Campus Update (28 August)


The Saint Anselm College campus has avoided major damage from the storm, the shelter-in-place order is lifted. Please be aware of pockets of gusty winds and rain may still be heavy.

We look forward to welcoming upperclassmen back to campus Monday. Members of the campus community will be available to assist students with move-in starting at 12 noon. Those who are unable to return to campus Monday due to local storm damage should call the college at (603) 641-7000.

Monday, August 29:

The campus bookstore will be open Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30:

Classes will commence on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, August 30, all members of the College community are invited to join with the monastic community for the celebration of Mass at 10:30 a.m. to ask God's blessing on students, faculty and staff during the new academic year. The following schedule of morning classes will be observed:

  • 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 9:20 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. until 10:20 a.m.

The regular class schedule resumes at 11:30 a.m.

No 7 p.m. Mass (28 August)


Due to the severe weather and Campus Safety and Security's recommendation to remain inside for the duration of the storm, there will be no Mass today, Sunday, at 7 pm. I encourage you to take time today for prayer. The Scripture readings for today's Mass are available for your reflection. Thank you for your understanding that such a grave cause has made this decision necessary.

Father Anselm, OSB

Davison Hall Closed (28 August)


Davison Hall, the main dining hall on campus is now closed.

Storm Update from Campus Safety (28 August)


Irene has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm indicating that wind speeds will be less than 73 mph. However, this does not mean that the storm does not present a serious threat to NH.

  • Current track is slightly more to the west that predicted yesterday. The track appears to pass over the Connecticut River valley area. We will likely see heavier winds in our area and slightly less rainfall than the western side.
  • Wind speed at 9 am were 30-35 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

The heaviest part of the storm will be present from noon to 9 pm. The eye should pass over the area at 4 pm. At the time the center of the storm crosses N.H. winds will die down, picking back up for Southern NH between the hours of 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Wind speeds are expected to be 40 mph sustained with gusts from 50 - 60 mph. It is anticipated that the wind and rain will cause power outages and flooding and flying debris.

  • Everyone is should plan on staying indoors for the duration to the afternoon and evening and follow the direction of the Residence Life staff and campus safety personnel.
  • We will monitor the storm and send appropriate alerts via the SAC ALERTS when the situation dictates.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Donald W. Davidson
Director
Campus Safety and Security
Saint Anselm College

Move-In And First Day of Classes Delayed (26 August)


Because of the dangers posed by Hurricane Irene, Saint Anselm College will delay the move-in of returning students to Monday, Aug. 29, starting at noon. Classes will start on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

This is our current plan based on the best information available regarding the likely track of the storm. We will not hesitate, however, to adjust the schedule for an even later opening as weather and safety conditions dictate, keeping safety foremost in mind. To that end, we are in contact with the New Hampshire Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and closely monitoring the forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.

Please watch the Saint Anselm website www.anselm.edu for updates on the College's hurricane response. I again urge students, faculty and staff who have not yet signed up to receive emergency campus alerts by text or cell phone to do so at www.anselm.edu/alerts.

We rely on everyone to use their best judgment regarding their safety. I must ask returning students and their families not to come early to campus, as residence halls will not be open before Monday noon. The College will provide assistance for any students who need help moving in.

I pray that these precautions will seem unnecessary at the end of this weekend, and that the storm will pass us by. But as eager as we are to commence the new academic year at Saint Anselm, the safety and well being of our students and their families, our faculty and our staff must come first.

Regarding Students Already on Campus:


The College takes the threats posed by Hurricane Irene very seriously, and has plans in place to ensure the safety and comfort of students who are already on campus. College officials are communicating those plans directly to students, and will adjust the plans as conditions require.

Saint Anselm College will delay the start of classes from Monday, Aug. 29, to Tuesday, Aug. 30. This is schedule is based on the best information available regarding the likely track of the storm. The college could adjust that schedule for an even later opening if weather and safety conditions dictate, keeping safety foremost in mind. To that end, the college leadership is in contact with the New Hampshire Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and closely monitoring the forecasts from the National Hurricane Center.

Please watch the Saint Anselm website for updates on the College's hurricane response.

Modified Schedule for Tuesday (26 August)


On Tuesday, August 30, all members of the College community are invited to join with the monastic community for the celebration of Mass at 10:30 a.m. to ask God's blessing on students, faculty and staff during the new academic year. The following schedule of morning classes will be observed:

  • 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 9:20 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. until 10:20 a.m.

The regular class schedule resumes at 11:30 a.m.

Updated Bookstore Hours (26 August)


Due to Hurricane Irene, the Saint Anselm Bookstore will be adjusting their hours. The hours for this weekend will be

  • Saturday, August 27th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 28th Closed
  • Monday August 29th 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Sign up for Text Alerts (25 August)


Students, faculty and staff who have not signed up to receive emergency campus alerts by text or cell phone are urged to do so at www.anselm.edu/alerts.

In the username and password fields, type in the following information:

  • Username: Same as email (without "@anselm.edu")
  • Password: Student ID number/or employee number                                               

(If you do not know this number, click on "FORGOT PASSWORD?" and a new password will arrive in your email.)

Click on "Services" at the top of the page and enter your cell phone information.  A Validation Code will be sent to your cell phone/email. You must enter the code in the space provided to activate your account.  College e-mail addresses have already been entered into the system. You may enter additional email addresses and cell phones to your account.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact the Office of Campus Safety and Security, ext. 7290.

Please continue to monitor your Saint Anselm College Email account, and watch the college website for additional updates.

Road for Hope Update (25 August)


Students walking in the Road for Hope will arrive on campus Saturday, at 1 p.m., rather than on Sunday as originally planned.

Original Message (24 August)


We are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irene, with an eye to how it could impact Sunday's move-in of returning students and the start of classes on Monday.

We will continue to watch the National Weather Service forecasts to determine if we must adjust the current schedule. We will base our decision on the best available information, keeping the safety of everyone foremost in mind. Any changes to the schedule will be made with ample time for students, parents, faculty and staff to make appropriate plans.

In the meantime, please watch the College's website at www.anselm.edu for updates on hurricane planning. Students, faculty and staff who have not signed up to receive emergency campus alerts by text or cell phone are urged to do so at www.anselm.edu/alerts.

Unless the College announces a change on the website, the existing schedule remains in effect, and the residence halls will not be open for returning students until Sunday.

We look forward to welcoming everyone for the start of the new academic year and hope we can do so without interruption by Hurricane Irene.