Mercyhurst prepares for potential impact of massive storm

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With the potential for flooding, wind damage and power outages associated with the approaching storm, the Mercyhurst University Emergency Response Team met Monday morning to take steps to ensure the safety of the campus community.

Although the impact on the Erie region is not predicted to be severe, the university wants to encourage employees and students to be prepared for potential interruptions in power and transportation. An all-campus e-mail was to be sent today with response plans, including those for food service and class cancellations in the event of a widespread power outage.

The Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor the storm during the coming days and update the Mercyhurst community as necessary. All updates will be issued in the following ways:

  • e2campus text messages
  • e-mail (3G should still work but wireless likely will not in a power outage)
  • Mercyhurst Facebook and Twitter accounts

The university has also established a call-in line with a recorded message that will state whether the university is closed because of the storm. That phone number is 814-824-3210. If you have any health and safety concerns, contact Mercyhurst Police & Safety at 814-824-2304.

“Everyone’s safety is our primary concern,” said Dr. Gerry Tobin, vice president for student life. “Your flexibility and positive spirit will be a great help to all. Let’s hope for the best and keep in our prayers all those who are more significantly affected than we are.”
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