Emergency Preparedness

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

Spring Break and Snowstorm Information

Residence halls close on Friday March 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. for Spring Break. The dining halls on both campuses will close on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Students who will experience weather-related travel challenges may stay on campus the evening of Friday, March 8. However, you MUST register this intent with either Colleen in Leicester at colleen.settle@becker.edu or Luci in Worcester at luci.zieman@becker.edu by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 8.  We must have an accurate list of who is on campus for safety and security reasons; failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.  We expect everyone to be out of the residence halls by 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 9.

•         No food services will be available on Saturday.

•         No shuttle service is available after the dining halls close on Friday night.

•         No campus facilities will be open for use.

Essentially, students who plan to stay will need to remain in their residence halls.

IMPORTANT: If you plan to leave your car on campus during Spring Break, you MUST move your vehicle to the gym lot in Leicester or the West Street lot in Worcester so facilities and the municipal plow equipment can keep the roads cleared.

Monday, February 11, 2013, 5:20 a.m.

Weather Advisory Update

Due to the expected freezing rain and slippery conditions, morning classes (beginning before 12:00 noon) are cancelled for Monday Feb 11.  The College is open.

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Weather Advisory Update

Becker College will be open on Monday, February 11.

Snowstorm cleanup is continuing, and the winter parking ban is in effect in Leicester and Worcester. All parking lots are open (Leicester map; Worcester map); however, please be advised parking space is limited. There is no overnight parking in the Fuller Campus Center lot on the Leicester Campus.

Additional daytime parking in Worcester is available to faculty, staff, and commuters with valid Becker College issued parking permits at the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral. This additional parking is in the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral parking lot on the north side of Cedar St.  This is NOT the lot directly behind the cathedral, but the lot across the street. Since Cedar St. is one way, anyone coming from Russell St. (adjacent to Elm Park) should use the Russell St. entrance.

Access will be available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Any cars left after 6 p.m. will be towed at the owner's expense.

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Weather Advisory Update

Snow removal on the Worcester and Leicester campuses continues. Students should remain inside this evening for their safety. We suggest that students return to campus on Sunday. Both dining halls will open for their regular Sunday schedule starting with brunch at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

CAMPUS SAFETY ALERT: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLIZZARD HEADED FOR NEW ENGLAND

Current forecasts indicate that a significant blizzard is headed for New England, with the potential of several inches of snow, strong winds, and extremely hazardous travel conditions. The storm is expected to last from Friday, February 8, through Saturday, February 9.

Becker College will be open until 11 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Becker College will be CLOSED on Friday, February 8, and Saturday, February 9, 2013. Only essential personnel will be allowed on campus during this time.

Please take note of the following storm-related information. Additional Safety Alerts will be provided as warranted.

  • Unless you were notified otherwise by your professor, all Thursday classes are in session. Students are NOT excused from Thursday evening classes.
  • All campus buildings, except for the dining halls, will be closed and locked. This includes the Design Building on the Worcester Campus, and all buildings on both campuses where computer labs are located.
  • The last shuttle service will be at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. Shuttle service will not operate on Friday, February 8, or Saturday, February 9. Depending on conditions, the shuttle service is scheduled to resume at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 10.
  • We encourage students to either go home or consider leaving campus to stay at a friend’s or relative’s home, starting after their last class today (Thursday).  We anticipate conditions on campus to deteriorate quickly through the day Friday.  Widespread and long duration power outages are expected. The residence halls will get cold and uncomfortable quickly. We may consolidate residents who do not leave into central locations on each campus. Please make every effort to leave campus before the snow starts tomorrow for your safety.
  • Please note that if you choose to stay on campus, any violations of our student code of conduct will be dealt with severely. No alcohol or controlled substance of any kind will be tolerated, and violators will risk serious judicial sanctions. There will be NO GUESTS allowed on campus until further notice. This is a serious situation, and we will not tolerate behavior which causes any type of disruption.
  • Whether you leave campus or stay, please shut down and unplug all workstations, laptops, monitors, and printers to avoid possible damage. It is also a good idea to unplug any wide-screen televisions or projection systems in conference rooms or common areas.
  • Students who are considering traveling to an off-campus location should notify a Resident Advisor before they leave so we will have a more accurate account of who is on campus should we need to relocate students who are staying on campus.
  • The winter parking ban is in effect in Leicester and Worcester. Students who are staying on campus must remove their vehicles from streets before the storm arrives. Parking is available at the following locations:

Leicester Campus: As soon as possible, move ALL vehicles to the Leicester Gymnasium parking lot or Marsh Hall B lot. These will be the ONLY parking areas available.

Worcester Campus: As soon as possible, move ALL vehicles to the West Street lot or the Cypress Hall lot on Cedar Street. These will be the ONLY parking areas available.

Cars parked in any lots other than those specified above will be towed, at the owner’s expense.

  • There will be no athletic or campus activities on Friday or Saturday.
  • If you have any medical condition that might be affected by an evacuation or loss of power (mobility issue, severe food allergy, need for refrigerated insulin, etc.),      please contact Health Services immediately, at 774.354.0471, so we can plan for your needs.
  • Due to the possibility of relocation, we recommend students prepare an overnight bag with the following items:Two days of warm clothing, including all-weather gear
  1. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  2. Medicine (prescription and over-the-counter)
  3. Wallet/purse with insurance cards, identification, etc.
  4. Flashlight
  5. Cell phone charger
  6.  Homework or school materials
  7. Games, pleasure reading, etc.
  8. Snacks and/or drinks (including refillable water bottle)

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Smoking and burning candles in any residence hall at any time is prohibited.  Please have on hand other sources of lighting (e.g., flashlights).

  • Avoid walking around campus during the storm.
  • Information about campus food services includes the following:

Please note that you need your card for access to dining halls on Friday and Saturday.

Friday: brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; mid-day, 1:30-3:30 p.m. café zone; dinner, 4:45-6:00 p.m. A box meal will be provided to students during dinner on Friday to accommodate them until the dining halls reopen on Saturday. The Hawks Nest (Worcester) and the Campus Center coffee shop (Leicester) will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday: Both of the Dining Halls will open from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Note: These plans are subject to change due to changing weather conditions.

The College will continue to use electronic communication (text, email, and website updates) as long as we are able. Residence Life staff are on-call 24 hours a day. Please keep your phones and wireless devices charged.  These are the methods we will use to keep you informed about changes to this plan and updates as to the condition of the campuses.

Campus Police will remain staffed around the clock and may be contacted at 508.373.9555 or extension 9-5-5-5 from any college phone. Call Worcester Police at 508.799.8606 or Leicester Police at 508.892.7010, or 911 for an EMERGENCY (both locations).

Please note: All media inquiries are to be directed to Michael Warshaw, Director of Communications and Public Relations, at 508.373.9720 or michael.warshaw@becker.edu.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 2:07 p.m.

The boil order has been lifted today, November 14, 2012.

Worcester, MA (November 14, 2012)* – As a follow-up to the impacts of Monday's water main break at Chandler and May Streets, the Department of Public Works & Parks Water Operations worked with the Department of Inspectional Services to collect water samples from approved locations throughout the City. These samples, along with those from the Elm Hill Water District in Auburn, were collected yesterday and analyzed by the state-certified lab at the Worcester Water Filtration Plant. Results reported this morning found that all of the 41 samples collected were free of total coliform bacteria, meaning they all meet drinking water quality standards. Chlorine, a disinfectant added to the Worcester water supply, was also detected at all sampling sites, indicating the water supply is adequately protected.

Based on these test results, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, at noon today, informed the City that the precautionary boil order for Worcester and the Elm Hill Water District has been lifted. A boil order remains in effect for the Millbury Industrial Park, which receives its water from the City, pending test results that will be available this afternoon.

With the lifting of the boil order and full restoration of water system pressures, residents and businesses in Worcester and surrounding communities can resume normal activities relative to the City's water supply. Air in the water, discolored water and poor pressure due to plugged water meters may still be a problem for some individual homes and businesses. Residents should continue to check their water before doing laundry to prevent staining of clothes. If any water problems persist, residents should call Worcester DPW&P Customer Service at (508) 929-1300.

The Department of Public Works & Parks would like to thank all residents and businesses served by the Worcester water system for their cooperation, patience and understanding during this difficult event.

*From http://www.worcesterma.gov/announcements/water-main-break-update-boil-order-lifted.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 5:45 p.m.

UPDATE: Bottled water, locker rooms, and showers

Bottled water is still available in the residence halls, the Hawk's Nest, and dining hall in Worcester. The gym and campus center in Leicester have locker rooms available and are open for showers tonight if students would like to shower there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12:00 p.m.

Bottled Water Available

A large shipment of bottled water will be made available and distributed across campus today. A supply of bottled water will be distributed to all residence halls within the hour.  The Accelerated Program will have bottled water available to their students. Employees will be able to obtain bottled water at the Hawks Nest. Additional water will be available in the Office of Admissions for campus visitors.

We advise people to only to pick up what they need, as we are not sure how long this situation will last. We will continue to evaluate the situation and update the campus as more information becomes available. If we need to order more water, we will do that.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 9:15 a.m.

Update on Water Main Break/Boil Order

Last evening, Becker College informed students, faculty, and staff about a major water main break in the city of Worcester. In addition, those living in residence halls were informed by staff about the water main break and to avoid drinking, cooking, or washing clothing with the city water until the situation was rectified. Flyers were posted in Worcester Campus residence halls about precautions to take during the water emergency. Students were also advised to consider spending the night with friends on the Leicester Campus, which was unaffected by the water main break.

Today, copies of the boil order have been posted on the College website and distributed to faculty, staff, and students. Boil order notices have been posted in residence halls on the Worcester Campus. Because each residence hall in Worcester has a kitchen, residents have been provided with the safety precautions and instructions for boiling water effectively. The Worcester Campus dining hall  and Hawk’s Nest are following the boil order and are open.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:50 a.m.

The City of Worcester has issued a BOIL ORDER as a precaution resulting from the water main break yesterday.

For information on the  Boil Order, go to http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/drinking/boilordr.htm.

When the order is lifted, which may take several days, Becker College Facilities will conduct water line flushing operations in each building to ensure water quality. More information for the campus community will follow.

Monday, November 12, 2012, 9:15 p.m.

EMERGENCY REGARDING A WATER MAIN BREAK AFFECTING THE ENTIRE CITY

The City of Worcester has experienced a significant break in a main water line on Chandler Street which will require the city to shut the water gates off that feed the entire city for this evening and most of the early morning hours as well. All residents and businesses will likely experience low or no potable water flow at their faucets, taps, etc. during this period of repair.

Students who have a friend living either locally or on the Leicester campus, may want to consider staying with them until full water function is restored.

Please refer to this web page for more information and updates as they become available.

Once repaired, the Department of Public Works will flush main water lines where required. Residents and businesses can expect discolored water once water gates at the plant are reopened and water pressure and water flow are restored. Residents and businesses should leave their faucets and taps on and observe water until it runs clear. Do not leave faucets and taps on unattended. Discolored water can stain laundry if done during this shut down and restoration period.

Announcement for Hurricane Sandy

UPDATE: NEW DETAILS BELOW

From Student Affairs/Residence Life: Both campus centers will close immediately following dinner at 6:00 p.m. We urge everyone to stay inside their residence hall for the duration of the evening. The wind and rain will make traveling between the halls difficult and treacherous. Your residence life staff will be available in your building should you need anything.

Campus Police is available in case of emergency at 508-373-9555.

October 30,  6:15 a.m.

Classes will resume today on Tuesday October 30, 2012.

October 28, 8:15 p.m.

College offices will not be open, nor will the libraries or the Collaborative Learning Center.  Essential services will be open and available.  When classes are cancelled the dining hall is on a weekend schedule. Shuttles do not run.

The forecast calls for high sustained winds and potentially significant rainfall. Everyone is urged to remain indoors during the storm. If power is lost, Residence Life and the RAs will provide updated information pertaining to the residence halls to the residents.

Given the potential impact of the storm in our area, we are highly recommending that students on campus:

  • please stay off the roads during the storm
  • limit your travel between buildings, and stay in your residence hall
  • due to predicted high winds, it is advised to keep curtains and blinds closed and stay away from windows and glass doors
  • if you leave your residence hall, you should carry your campus ID with you and inform your RA of your destination
  • if you are remaining on campus, we recommend that you have a flashlight (no candles are permitted in the residential areas) and extra batteries, if possible
  • please let your parents know where you will be for the duration of the storm
  • even if it seems like weather conditions are easing, please stay in your residence until storm conditions have passed.

We will open the Campus Center in Leicester at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow unless weather conditions are severe, and then we expect students to remain in their halls until the weather clears.

Dining halls in Leicester and Worcester will be open during the following hours:

Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cafe' Lunch 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:45 p.m.. -6:00 p.m.

October 28, 5:10 p.m.

All day and evening classes are cancelled for Monday, October 29, 2012. This does not affect online classes. Students should check ANGEL for course assignments.

October 26, 5:40 p.m.

Becker College monitors Hurricane Sandy; provides safety tips.

To the Becker College Community:

The College is monitoring the path and possible impact Hurricane Sandy may have in our area. While it is too early to predict the storm tract and intensity, there may be the potential for localized flooding from heavy rainfall, wind damage, and power outages.

We urge all members of the Becker College community to prepare in the following ways:

Make sure your telephone contact information is listed in the Connect Ed system, which is used to notify faculty, staff, and students about emergency conditions on campus. At a minimum, you should enter your mobile phone number in the “Primary Crisis Contact Number” area.  Please note that your primary number will also be used for SMS/text notifications. If you would also like to enter a home or alternate number, enter it in the “Other Crisis Contact Number” area.

Follow the steps below to make your updates:

STUDENTS

  1. Go to https://insite.becker.edu and click the Log In button.
  2. Enter your network username and password.
  3. Click the Insite for Students option, then click the Crisis Contact Information link. Enter your cell phone number in the “Primary Crisis Contact Number” field.
  4. If you would like to enter a home or secondary number, enter it in the “Other Crisis Contact Number” field.
  5. Click Submit when done.

EMPLOYEES

  1. Go to https://insite.becker.edu and click the Log In button.
  2. Enter your network username and password.
  3. Click the Insite for Employees option, then click the Crisis Contact Information link. Enter your cell phone number in the “Primary Crisis Contact Number” field.
  4. If you would like to enter a home or secondary number, enter it in the “Other Crisis Contact Number” field.
  5. Click Submit when done.

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. In the event of a loss of power, you will be able to use your cell phone for communications.

Make sure you have flashlights on hand and a supply of fresh batteries. Do not use candles, which present a fire hazard and should never be used in campus buildings or residence halls.

For students who plan to leave campus and stay at another location, please let someone know that you are leaving and where you will be. Speak directly with a roommate or your RA so we can keep track of who is in the buildings.

Please exercise caution when moving inside and outside campus facilities.

We will continue to communicate with our community via text messages, emails, web page notices, and through residence life staff.

For further storm-related information, we have included links to the following weather sites:

» Track the storm on Weather.com

» Visit the National Hurricane Center for Advisories

» AccuWeather.com

» New England Cable News

» Massport

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