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Monmouth University to Close Oct. 29 and 30 Due to Threat of Hurricane Sandy

Wind damage, flooding and power outages expected starting Sunday afternoon.

Monmouth University will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 as Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the area next week.

Monmouth University posted the following announcement on its web site on Friday morning:

While weather forecasts are not 100% in agreement, most scenarios now show dangerous winds approaching our area by Sunday afternoon and perhaps lingering as long as late into Tuesday.

Wind damage, flooding and power outages must be expected.

Therefore, to allow for individual storm preparation, I am, today, deciding that the University will be closed for all classes, business and activities on Monday and Tuesday.   

Saturday classes will be held as scheduled.

I recommend that students, who are able, make plans to leave the campus starting this weekend and return to inland homes until Wednesday.   Residence Halls on the main campus will remain open, although students are advised to return to homes away from the storm, if possible.  At this point there is a strong likelihood that the campus and surrounding area could be without power during and after this storm.

University Residential Life will work with students living in the Diplomat Apartments, Fountain Gardens and Pier Village, today, to arrange temporary relocation.

Residential students who are unable to leave the main campus will receive additional information from Residential Life today.  Please stand by for that information.

Students living in the area, outside of the University housing, should plan for safety.

Essential employees will be contacted by supervisors about their responsibilities over the next few days and until the University reopens for class and business on Wednesday.

To the extent that regional communications are maintained, please stay tuned to the radio (see below),  the University Website www.monmouth.edu or University emergency phone number (732) 263-5900 for information about University operations. The University will also use the Blackboard Connect emergency notification system to make further announcements about opening/closing.

Weather Emergency Information

To assist you during inclement weather, Monmouth University has created a Weather Emergency Information Line: 732-263-5900.

In addition, a broadcast message will be issued to the on-campus voice mailboxes of all employees and resident students for cancellation of classes and University closings only.

To check your voice mail from home, dial 732-263-6000 and enter your four-digit voice mailbox number and your personal password.

You also may listen to the following radio stations:

  • WJLK: Monmouth County (94.3 FM)
  • WRAT: Pt. Pleasant (95.9 FM)
  • WCTC: New Brunswick (98.3 FM)
  • WJLK: Ocean County (98.5 FM)
  • WOR: New York (710 AM)
  • WJLK: Ocean (1310 AM)
  • WCTC: New Brunswick (1045 AM)
  • WMCX: Monmouth University (88.9 FM)
ikidunot October 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Why does everyone start wetting their pants long before anything MIGHT happen? Always be prepared, just stop panicking all the time. And enough with the colorful names of storms...Frankenstorm? Really?
Big Whitey October 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The only people that wet their pants are schools and Government officials/workers. The whole bunch works itself into a frenzy and everyone gets paid days off. Those that do work get lottsa overtime. Its all a scam, with the taxpayer holding the bag.
Jim October 27, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Send the gov ass clowns to work. Its about time those pieces of sh_t actually worked for a living.
Technokat October 30, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Who gets "paid days off" in the schools? You are wrong. Let me tell you what happens. Emergency closing days MUST be made up at the end of the year or during so-called "vacations" which are actually unpaid holiday breaks. Do you seriously think school districts can afford to pay thir 10-month employees for any day the districts are closed? No. They cannot afford it, and therefore they do not pay people for not working. If a district calendar is extended due to emergency closings, all employees must report for work on these extra days regardless of whether or not they have summer employment. That means they lose the potential to work their summer jobs on these make-up days which means they lose money. Nobody gets paid extra for working make-up days. It's ignorance like yours that put idiots in office. Why not do a little research before you post nonsense or vote?
Technokat October 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
If infrastructure should crumble, I truly hope you remember your words. You probably wouldn't last a day in the wilderness without the same public systems you obviously take for granted.

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