More Inclement Weather in the Forecast

Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the past few days as inclement weather and road conditions disrupted our campus operations. As you may know, more severe weather is in the forecast and the National Weather Service is predicting a major snow storm to hit the Seattle area on Friday afternoon. The prediction is for snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches in most locations on Friday, with winds of up to 35 miles per hour. The snowfall will continue into Saturday and Sunday. Snow is also in the forecast for parts of early next week. 

North Seattle College may need to close operations starting as early as Friday afternoon, and likely through the weekend. We will announce any decision regarding closures or delays as early as possible on Friday, and post regular updates as the weather incident develops. 

What we are doing to prepare:

  •          Monitoring weather forecasts closely to inform decision-making and preparedness
  •          Reviewing our protocols and practices for campus response
  •          The Chancellor and Presidents will be closely monitoring conditions throughout and their possible impact on the Friday work day 
  •          Reviewing possible impact of weekend activity/instruction on campus
  •          Monitoring decisions by local K12 districts to anticipate impact on students/employees with kids

What you're encouraged to do:

-     Ensure you are signed up to receive the Seattle Colleges emergency alerts. The system will notify you by phone, text, or email of any closures or delays affecting campus. For more information, visit the Seattle Colleges Emergency alerts page: http://seattlecolleges.edu/district/emergencies/seattlecollegesalerts.aspx

-       Identify a 2nd and 3rd way you will keep up with changing info. Other methods we will communicate about closures include: 

Please frequently monitor your phone, email or any of the communications channels you prefer above so you have the latest information. 

Ensure you have groceries, medications, and essentials handy in case the city is broadly impacted.  Additional tips on preparation found here

What you can expect next:

-          We will continue to focus our decision-making on SAFETY and readiness of our facilities

-          Any changes to operations (closures, delays, etc.) will be announced through SeattleCollegesAlerts, which sends messages by text and voice, work phone and work email

-          Updates will be posted to Twitter, Facebook, and on a banner on our website

-          We will seek to make timely decisions, unless sudden or unexpected events occur calling for quick reaction and communication.

Other Resources to Help with Weather Preparedness 

For current information about the weather, visit

https://www.weather.gov/sew/

For emergency preparedness tips, visit

https://takewinterbystorm.org/

Thanks again for your cooperation and support.

Posted on: February 7th, 2019 at 17:02:20

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