Information Regarding Bryn Mawr’s Response to Hurricane Irene

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 6:18 pm.

Emergency Contact Information

Need to update your contact info for emergency messages from BMC? Use this online form.

UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 29, 7:53 a.m.: New Gulph Road is still closed between Merion Ave. and Roberts Road. English House and Russian House are inaccessible.

UPDATE:Monday, Aug. 29, 7:25 a.m.: SEPTA reports that service on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line is suspended. The Norristown High Speed Line is running with extra service (every 15 minutes, Local service from Norristown Transportation Center). Read Updates on the SEPTA website or follow SEPTA on Twitter.

UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 28, 11:40 a.m.: Due to a downed tree and exposed wires, New Gulf Road is closed between Merion and Roberts Roads.

UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 27, 10:37 p.m.: There have been a number of severe thunderstorm and several tornado warnings in the Delaware Valley in the past few hours, and this situation may continue for the next few hours.

We strongly urge you to take all necessary precautions. Stay inside, stay away from windows and please follow sources of weather information for the most updated forecasts.

UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 27, 1:51 p.m.: The schedule for the final days of Customs Week has been revised. Key changes:

  • Dinner hours for Saturday 8/27/11 are now 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • All Sunday events except meals will be postponed; new dates and times to be announced.
  • See schedule for details

Hurricane Response Plan

(last updated 8/26/2011, 4 p.m.)

Due to the unpredictability of hurricanes, this page will be updated as conditions evolve. Bryn Mawr students, faculty and staff should check here for the latest information

Hurricane Irene is moving along the east coast of the United States. The College is doing everything possible to prepare for the storm’s possible impact on campus operations.


We will activate the Emergency Notification System (text, e-mail, voicemail) to provide you with safety information about the storm, which may include a request to remain indoors until further notice, should conditions warrant. In order to be sure that you receive messages, please update your contact information at

Officers will be on duty at all times to respond to emergency calls. However, keep in mind that both College security and EMS services from surrounding townships may be experiencing peak demand.

Please do not call Public Safety for weather updates.

Information will also be available on the Bryn Mawr Hotline: 610-526-7310.

We ask students to act responsibly during this weather event. Follow instructions – do not to put yourself or emergency responders at unnecessary risk.

One of the hazards in any tropical storm/hurricane is the danger posed by the possibility of downed trees and wires.  It is critically important to stay away from any downed tree or wire. A wire can be extremely dangerous even though it is not sparking. If you become aware of such a condition, notify Public Safety and stay away from it.

In the event of a power outage, all dormitories will have limited power from our emergency generators. The generators power the door access system, fire alarms and a limited amount of lighting. The Hall Advisors have a limited number of flashlights available – PLEASE do not use candles or any form of open flames in your rooms!

Please review general hurricane safety information at


here are emergency plans in place for providing food and water under emergency conditions.

The plans may change as conditions warrant, so please check back for updates to our plan!

The dining halls are planning to serve brunch and dinner on Sunday.


Please check this site and the phone hotline (610-526-7310) for updates to scheduled College activities through the weekend.


As of now, classes are set to begin Monday as scheduled. If individual faculty members cannot get to campus and must cancel their class, they will notify registered students through the Blackboard course-management system.

Undergraduates who are prevented from attending classes on Monday because of interrupted travel plans should email their professors and copy their deans no later than 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Faculty who receive emails from students in this situation have been asked to include those students in any lotteries that take place after Monday classes.


Please check this site and the phone hotline for updates.


The Blue Bus is scheduled to begin service 5 p.m. on Sunday, weather permitting. Please check back for updates.

SEPTA’s Regional Rail system, including the R-5, is shutting down at 5 p.m. Saturday night. The entire system, including the R-100, is shutting down at midnight Saturday and will remain down until further notice.

Amtrak will be suspending service at 5 p.m. on Saturday, which will force the suspension of the following SEPTA Regional Rail Lines:
Airport, Chestnut Hill West, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, and Wilmington/Newark. Trains scheduled to DEPART after 5 p.m. on these lines will not operate.


The Bookstore will be closed on Sunday.


All libraries will be closed on Sunday


IMPORTANT: Faculty and staff should shut down their computers and unplug their surge protectors before leaving campus for the weekend!

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