Information Regarding Bryn Mawr’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 3:16 pm.

UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 1: The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research is now open. ALL classes, professional development, meetings, and NELI sessions scheduled for Friday and Saturday will be held at the school.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.:Power has been restored to Bryn Mawr’s main campus and classes will be held as usual. Haverford and Swarthmore will be open as well and the Tri-Co Transportation System will operate on a normal schedule.The power at the Graduate School of Social Work has not yet been restored, so classes will not be held there tomorrow. Thanks to our students for their patience and to facilities, dining services, campus safety and everyone else for all their hard work.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 11:20 a.m.: Erdman Dining Hall is opening at noon for lunch and will remain open until 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:15 a.m.: The campus lost power at approximately 8 p.m. last night and it has yet to be restored. Bryn Mawr is high on the PECO priority list and we hope to have power restored soon. Campus Safety has been checking on students and everyone appears to be doing ok given the circumstances. Expect further updates later today.

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 29, 11:26 a.m.:The dining centers at Haverford and Bryn Mawr will close at 2 p.m. this afternoon to allow dining center employees to get home before the roads are closed and to keep students from venturing out when the storm is at its worst.

Additional food will be available at lunch for students to take back to the residence halls. Dining services is cautiously optimistic that they will be able to serve a late lunch and/or dinner tomorrow afternoon, so students should keep that timeframe in mind when choosing how much to take back to the residence halls. This projection for reopening obviously depends on conditions, so please look for additional messages. Students off the meal plan are welcome to eat lunch today and also take food with them, so there will be no need for anyone to venture off campus during the storm.

The peak times of concern for this storm are between 2 p.m. today and sometime in the afternoon tomorrow. Heavy rains and high winds will create dangerous conditions including falling trees and branches and downed electrical wires. Campus Safety is advising students to stay in their residence halls during this time.

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 28, 6:25 p.m.: All Health Center appointments and clinics are cancelled until the Health Center reopens (currently planned for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31). Campus Safety should be contacted in case of emergency. Those needing to contact a counselor during the weather emergency can call the on-call counseling service at 610-526-7778.

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 28, 3:46 p.m.: Classes are cancelled for Monday, Oct. 29 and
Tuesday Oct. 30. All college-related activities are cancelled as well. Offices and services other than those responsible for maintenance, safety, and dining will be closed.

Classes at Haverford, Swarthmore and Penn have been cancelled as well.

Employees designated as non-essential should remain at home.

General Information:
Bryn Mawr’s facilities, public safety, dining services, and residential life offices, as well as everyone else involved in preparing the campus for severe weather events, are doing everything possible to ensure students are safe and well cared for no matter what Hurricane Sandy brings to the region.

The best way to stay informed during a weather emergency is through the College’s Emergency Notification System, which sends text messages, emails, and voice messages to those registered. Student contact information is automatically entered into the Emergency Notification System. Contact information can be updated at

This page will be updated as warranted and information will also be available on the College’s emergency hotline 610-526-7310.

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

Do not call Campus Safety for weather updates. It is critically important to keep phone lines open for emergencies.


We ask students to act responsibly during this weather event.  Follow instructions so as 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 Campus Safety and stay away from the wire.

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 Advisers have a limited number of flashlights available – do not use candles or any form of open flames in your rooms!

Please review general hurricane safety information at


There are emergency plans in place for providing food and water under emergency conditions if needed.

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


Please check this page and the phone hotline for updates.


As of now, classes are set to begin Monday as planned.

When the College announces that the campus is closed, classes are cancelled for both faculty and students.

When the weather is not emergent enough to cause the campus to be closed, but faculty are unable to get to campus and hold class, faculty should communicate directly with their students via Moodle or via their Virtual Bryn Mawr class roster.


Please check this page and the phone hotline for updates.


Any changes to the transportation schedule will be communicated on this page and via the methods mentioned above.

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