If the National Weather Bureau is predicting flood, hurricane, tornadoes, or a severe winter storm, the Director of Facilities will maintain a check on weather conditions. While it is impossible to predict all weather conditions, the following can be used as a guideline in specific situations:
When flash floods are predicted, Facilities and Campus Safety will closely monitor the local forecast and the water level of the Wissahickon. If the water level raises high enough to warrant evacuation of parking lots and/or buildings, the order to evacuate will be issued. Facilities and Campus Safety will work cooperatively if College vehicles or equipment need to be moved to a higher location.
When hurricanes are predicted, Facilities and Campus Safety will closely monitor the local forecast. Hurricanes result in high winds and heavy rain; if water levels rise high enough to warrant evacuation an order to evacuate will be issued. Should a hurricane result in a power failure, the College will follow protocols for systems/power failures.
If a tornado warning is in effect, Facilities and Campus Safety will stay alert to changing weather conditions. A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted; a tornado watch indicates that weather conditions are such that a tornado is possible. If a tornado is sighted in the local area, all individuals will be directed through the campus intercom system and text alert system to move to an interior hallway on the lowest floor possible, away from windows, glass and doors. Individuals who are outside should seek immediate shelter inside (if possible) or lay in a low lying area until conditions pass. Do not go outside in the event of a tornado warning.
Severe Winter Storms
In the event of a severe winter storm, the President, in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, will determine when to close the College. Should weather force the cancellation of classes, students will be notified through the College’s website and on the School Closing Emergency Line (215-248-7009). Announcements will also be made on the KYW School Closing Website. The College’s code numbers are as follows:
Day Classes 126
Evening Classes 2126
School of Continuing and Professional Studies 1094
School of Graduate Studies 2155
Please check for announcements prior to traveling to campus. Should a winter storm begin during normal business hours, the College will monitor local conditions and arrange for the College to dismiss early and/or cancel evening classes when appropriate.