Due to severe weather that is predicted to accompany the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, all classes at USciences have been cancelled for Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. Only those personnel providing essential services should report to work on Monday and Tuesday.
The USciences Emergency Response Team continues to monitor the situation, and extensive preparations have been taken to ensure the safety of students and others who will be on campus during the storm.
Updates concerning the storm will be posted on the USciences homepage (http://www.usciences.edu/) and the USciences Emergency web site. (http://emergency.usciences.edu/). Faculty, staff and students can also call USciences Weather Emergency Line (215-596-8747) to hear a recorded message regarding the status of classes. Additional information may also be posted at:
The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management has released the following information regarding the storms possible impact in the Philadelphia area:
Rain / Freshwater Flooding: Showery rain will begin on Sunday. The core of the rain will be early Monday through Monday night. Showers will linger into Wednesday. Up to 4-8 inches of rain is possible in Philadelphia. River and stream flooding is likely with this amount of rain, which would be similar to what we had with Hurricane Irene last year. Clogged drains due to leaves could cause additional problems.
Winds: Winds are forecast to be 30-50 mph sustained with higher gusts upwards of 65pmh. This will be a long duration wind event and winds at this level could last for 24 hours or more, likely from early Monday into early Tuesday. Downed trees and power outages are likely with this level of wind.
Tidal Flooding: The level of storm surge driven by southeast winds could produce record levels of flooding along the tidal Delaware River and the lower Schuylkill River and could last for several tide cycles. High tides of particular concern are 1:30am and 2pm Monday. Coastal Flooding has the potential for 4-8ft of surge along the Delaware which could reach record levels around 10.5ft during high tide Monday at 2pm.
Temperatures: Temperatures will primarily be in the 40s and low 50s during and after the event.
This is a major storm that will bring high winds and significant rain to the area. Localized flooding and some power outages are expected during the storm. We urge everyone to exercise extreme caution during this time. Information regarding hurricane preparedness can be found at the following link from FEMA: www.ready.gov/hurricanes
While the University’s Emergency Response Team closely monitors Hurricane Sandy’s course, you can practice these tips to prepare for a possible storm:
o Clothes for two to three days,
o Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies,
o Non-perishable food/snacks,
o Bottles of water,
o USciences ID and keys,
o Cash (especially small bills and change for vending machines),
o Bedroll/sleeping bag and pillow
The Philadelphia Water Department has completed the schedule repairs. Water has been restored to all buildings on campus.
Dear Students, Faculty, & Staff,
As I'm sure you are aware, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) has been repairing a water main break on Woodland Avenue this week. This work has triggered another leak at 42nd street on the loop road behind Goodman Hall. In order to repair this leak PWD will need to shut off water to the following buildings:
In order to lessen the impact on our campus community we have requested that they delay this work until Saturday, October 13th. They have agreed and they estimate that the repair should be completed between 8 AM and 4 PM this Saturday.
Due to the lack of water pressure we will need to close the bathroom facilities in Goodman, Wilson and 4100 Woodland for the duration of the repair. This will also affect Dining Services and we will be moving dining to the Recreation Gym in the ARC for Saturday, October 13th.
Brunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Rec Gym
Dinner will be available from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Rec Gym
Since Starbucks will be closed, we will open the STC Coffee Lab from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wilson Express will have their normal hours of 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The ARC will open at 7 AM on Saturday to accommodate students who need to shower early. Shower and bathroom facilities will be available in the ARC and bathrooms will be available in the STC and Alumni Hall. Porta-potties will be available near the entrances to Wilson and Goodman for residential student use.
The Library will be open during normal hours on Saturday: 11 AM – 10 PM and Sunday:
12 PM – 2 AM
We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes to our resident students in particular and all members of our community who will be on campus on Saturday.
Please direct any questions to the Dean of Student's office at 215-596-8950.
Thank you for your patience while PDW make these necessary repairs.
William Cunningham, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Business
University of the Sciences
600 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
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