Hurricane Sandy forces emergency closures, faculty dismissal

by The Dartmouth Staff | 10/29/12 2:00pm

The greater Dartmouth community prepared for Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday afternoon.
by Nathan Yeo / The Dartmouth

The email, which was sent at approximately 3 p.m., assured that daily operations would resume on Tuesday.

"Following the recommendation of New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, who has today declared a state of emergency, Dartmouth is releasing all faculty and staff, effective immediately, except those performing services essential to the support of the operation of our residential community," the email said.

While the College's libraries will close at 4 p.m., the Class of 1953 Commons will stay open until 8:30 p.m., and all other campus dining halls will stay open until 8 p.m.

In a follow-up campus-wide email, Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson said that the College will continue to provide essential services in residence halls and at Dick's House.

"We've been keeping an eye on Hurricane Sandy since last week," Director of Safety and Security and College Proctor Harry Kinne said in an interview with The Dartmouth on Sunday. "From the standpoint of preparedness, we believe that we are ready for what we believe will happen."

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. today was also postponed.

A high wind warning will remain in effect in the state of New Hampshire until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, with gusts potentially reaching 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

"We encourage members of our community to remain safely indoors as the storm passes through our area," the email said. "As always, call 911, for police, fire and emergencies requiring an ambulance. To reach Dartmouth Safety and Security, call 603-646-3333."

**This article will be updated as more information becomes available.*