Security Alerts & Emergency Communications

Feb. 12, 6 p.m.: Campus Operations Resume Wednesday, Feb. 13
The following information was shared via email with members of the campus community:

The university will return to normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 13. 

Our Facilities Services staff have worked hard to clear major pathways and most parking lots in preparation for our return to normal operations. Many roads in our region and areas of campus still have a good deal of snow and slush that is subject to pooling as temperatures rise and freezing as temperatures fall. Please be prepared to navigate a range conditions on your commute and on campus, and please continue to exercise caution. 

At all times, each individual is expected to use sound personal judgment in deciding whether to come to campus based on their local weather and road conditions.

We will continue to monitor conditions and the forecast and will post any subsequent schedule changes on the Puget Sound website.  Any change to the opening schedule for tomorrow will be posted by 5 a.m. Operating status will also be included in the recorded message on the campus information line at 253.879.4900, and may also be communicated via social media and local news outlets.

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Feb. 11, 6:45 p.m.: Operations Suspended Through Tuesday, Feb. 12
The following information was shared via email with members of the campus community:

Due to the additional snowfall today, ongoing inclement weather, and anticipated slushy/icy road conditions for tomorrow, operations will continue to be suspended through Tuesday, Feb.12. Classes, events, and activities are cancelled and offices, other than essential services, will be closed on Tuesday. Essential services will be available on normal or modified schedules.

Per university protocol, this and any subsequent weather-related schedule changes will be posted on the Puget Sound website, with a link to additional information as it is available on the security alerts and emergency communications page. Operating status will also be included in the recorded message on the campus information line at 253.879.4900, and may also be communicated via social media and local news outlets.

Please continue to exercise caution when walking on campus. Avoid or exert extra care when navigating pavements and walking near trees and buildings where snow or ice has accumulated. Avoid wooded areas where snow or branches may fall. This is especially important as precipitation turns to rain and the accumulated snow becomes wet and heavy, and may fall.

We will continue to monitor conditions and the forecast, and expect at this time that we can return to normal operations on Wednesday. Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, Feb. 12

  • Diner open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Diversions open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Cellar/C-Store open 11:30 a.m. - midnight. Oppenheimer and Lillis cafes will be closed all day.
  • The library will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Consult the library website for any updates.
  • The athletics and aquatics center will be open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The pool will be open 7:45 – 9:45 a.m., noon – 2:45 p.m., and 6:45 – 9:45 p.m.

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Feb 10, 5 p.m.: Operations Suspended Through Monday, Feb. 11
The following information was shared via email with members of the campus community:

Due to forecasts of additional snowfall and icy road conditions, operations will continue to be suspended through Monday, Feb. 11. Classes, events, and activities are cancelled and offices, other than essential services, will be closed on Monday. Essential services will be available on normal or modified schedules.

Per university protocol, this and any subsequent weather-related schedule changes will be posted on the Puget Sound website, with a link to additional information as it is available on the security alerts and emergency communications page. Operating status will also be included in the recorded message on the campus information line at 253.879.4900, and may also be communicated via social media and local news outlets.

Please continue to use caution when walking on campus. Avoid or exert extra care when navigating pavements and walking near trees and buildings where snow or ice has accumulated. Avoid wooded areas where snow or branches may fall.

An update will be posted to this webpage on Monday evening.

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Sunday, Feb. 10

  • Collins Library closed Sunday at 4 p.m. Continue to consult the library website for hours of operation.
  • The Cellar/C-Store will be open Sunday, 4–10 p.m.; Diner closes at 8 p.m.
  • The Athletics and Aquatics Center closes Sunday at 9 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 11

  • Diner open 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Diversions open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cellar/C-Store open 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Oppenheimer and Lillis cafes will be closed all day.
  • Consult the library website for hours of operation. UPDATE: The library is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • The fitness center and tennis pavilion will be open 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; the pool will remain closed.

Feb. 9, 3:15 p.m.
The following message was sent via email to the campus community:

Thank you for your flexibility as we have adjusted operating schedules due to the winter storms moving through our region. Thank you also to our essential services staff, including Facilities Services staff who have been working outside since early this morning to clear our major pedestrian pathways.

As previously advised, please use caution when walking on campus. Temperatures are forecast  to reach the teens by morning. Avoid or exert extra care when navigating pavements and walking near trees and buildings where snow or ice has accumulated. Avoid wooded areas where snow or branches may fall.

Normal operations continue to be suspended, with the exception of essential services, until Monday, Feb. 11, at 5 a.m. We continue to monitor conditions and the forecast. Please check pugetsound.edu for updates.


Feb. 8, 9:25 a.m.
The following message was sent via email to the campus community:

Due to weather reports indicating significant snowfall beginning this afternoon, classes, events, and activities are canceled and offices, other than essential services, will be closed effective noon today through Monday, February 11, at 5 a.m.

The next update, should we need to extend the schedule change, will be posted on the Puget Sound website by 5 a.m. on Monday with a link to additional information as it is available on the security alerts and emergency communications page. We will also update the campus information line at 253.879.4900 and may also communicate via social media, local news outlets, and/or campus email. We strongly recommend relying on the university website for the most current and accurate information.

Throughout the weather-related schedule change, essential services will be available on normal or modified schedules. Hours for key essential services departments will be posted at pugetsound.edu/securityalerts and subject to revision throughout the weekend. Facilities staff will work during the weekend to maintain our primary pedestrian paths. Security Services will operate 24-hours as always and athletic facilities, dining services, and the library will operate on regular or modified schedules as published on the link above.

If you have questions about particular events or activities, please contact the event sponsor or organizer.

As a reminder, we include below the safety precautions included in last night’s email:

Please use sound personal judgment in deciding whether to come to campus based on your local weather, road conditions, and personal circumstances.

If you experience or become aware of a health/safety emergency on campus, please contact Security Services (253.879.3311) or call 911.

Dress appropriately, avoid or exert extra care in navigating icy pavements, and be mindful of hazardous conditions when driving.

More weather safety tips:


Feb. 8, 8:15 a.m.
Due to anticipated weather and road conditions, classes will be canceled and offices closed (except for essential personnel) today at noon through Monday, Feb. 11, at 5 a.m. Consistent with departmental plans, essential services personnel should report for their regularly scheduled shift or contact their supervisor.  Events and other activities are also canceled, unless otherwise communicated by the organizer. Additional information will be communicated to the campus community via email and posted here about campus services and events; please check back for updates.

Dining

  • Friday, Feb. 8: The Diner closes at 8 p.m.; The Cellar/C-Store and Diversions Café open regular hours.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9: The Diner – open at 9 a.m., with hot food at 10 a.m.; close at 7 p.m.; The Cellar/C-Store and Diversions Café open regular hours. UPDATE 02.09.19: The Cellar/C-Store open 5–10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb, 10: The Diner – open at 9 a.m., with hot food at 10 a.m.; close at 8 p.m.; The Cellar/C-Store and Diversions Café open regular hours.

Library
Please see the library website for current operating hours.

Athletics and Aquatics Center
At this time it is expected to be open normal operating hours (Friday until 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.), with the exception of the previously announced pool closure. For more information see the athletics website.


Feb. 7, 5:20 p.m.
The following message was sent via email to the campus community:

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as the campus and our region continue to experience the effects of winter weather. We are especially appreciative of our many staff members who are working hard to clear primary campus pathways and maintain operations in service to our students.

Current forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate that another snowfall is expected Friday evening, peaking in intensity on Saturday morning. A subsequent round of snow is possible early next week.

We will continue to monitor weather conditions and are working with campus partners to identify potential impacts to classes, activities, events, and working conditions on campus. At all times, essential services will be available to support our resident student population. At this time, we plan to open and operate as usual tomorrow. We will send an update tomorrow regarding late Friday and weekend plans.

Essential department heads and managers
If you have not already done so, please identify essential services personnel in your areas and review your departmental plans for continuation of operations with your teams.

  • Remember to communicate with student staff members about their work schedules.
  • If appropriate, clarify with staff members if they have the option of working from home.

All staff members
If you are uncertain whether your position is considered “essential” in a weather emergency, please contact your supervisor.

  • Human Resources does not maintain a list of essential personnel and cannot advise you on whether to report to work. Which positions are considered essential can vary by the time of year and nature of circumstances, and is determined by each department head in consultation with their area vice president.
  • Essential services personnel should report for their regularly scheduled shifts or modified shifts approved by their supervisor.  As always, if you are unable to work, contact your supervisor.

Weather emergency notification
Decisions about delays, closures, or cancellations for any given day will typically be made by 5 a.m. and may subsequently change as conditions change. Any updates to the university’s schedule for classes, campus services, activities and events will be announced as follows:

  • University website (https://www.pugetsound.edu) with a link to an emergency communications site
  • Campus information line (253.879.4900)
  • Information may also be communicated via social media, local news outlets, and/or campus email. We strongly recommend relying on the university website for the most current and accurate information.

 Safety precautions

  • Please use sound personal judgment in deciding whether to come to campus based on your local weather, road conditions, and personal circumstances.
  • If you experience or become aware of a health/safety emergency on campus, please contact Security Services (253.879.3311) or call 911.
  • Dress appropriately, avoid or exert extra care in navigating icy pavements, and be mindful of hazardous conditions when driving.
  • More weather safety tips:

 For more information about campus response to inclement weather, visit our Weather Emergency webpage.


Feb. 5, 5:10 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER UPDATE: The university will operate normal business hours on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Any changes will be announced on the university website and on the information line at 253.879.4900.

For more information about campus response to inclement weather, visit our Weather Emergency webpage.


Feb. 4, 2019, 7:02 p.m.
The following message was sent via email to the campus community:

Due to anticipated weather and road conditions, the university will delay opening tomorrow, Feb. 5, until 11 a.m. Classes and events scheduled to start before 11 a.m. are canceled unless communicated otherwise by the event organizer.

Essential services will be available tomorrow. Consistent with departmental plans, essential services personnel should report for their regularly scheduled shift or contact their supervisor. Dining Services venues will open at normal times: The Diner at 7 a.m., Diversions at 7:30 a.m., Oppenheimer at 7:30 a.m., and The Cellar/C-Store at 11:30 a.m. Facilities Services staff members will be in early to work on pathways. Athletics facilities will open at 10 a.m.  

We will continue to monitor conditions, and ask that you check the university website tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. (or call the information line at 253.879.4900) for potential additional adjustments to tomorrow’s schedule. Any such adjustments will be posted on the website by 9 a.m. 

At all times, each individual is expected to use sound personal judgment in deciding whether to come to campus based on their local weather and road conditions.


Feb. 4, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
The following message was sent via email to the campus community:

Due to weather conditions and updated reports from the Washington State Department of Transportation, effective at 1 p.m. today all remaining classes are canceled. Events and other activities are also canceled, unless otherwise communicated by the organizer. Offices will close at 1 p.m., with the exception of essential personnel.

Essential services, such as dining and security, will be available this afternoon and evening. The Diner will remain open until 8 p.m. tonight, Diversions Café until 10 p.m., and The Cellar until midnight.

Human resources will send information to staff members tomorrow regarding the reporting of time related to this early closure.

Please check the university website tomorrow morning for potential adjustments to tomorrow’s schedule. Any schedule adjustments will be posted on the site by 5 a.m. At all times, each individual is expected to use sound personal judgment in deciding whether to come to campus based on their local weather and road conditions.