Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 27

Official Announcements

Sign up for SHU's Emergency Notification System to get fast voice and text messages about campus emergencies delivered to you phone.  Inclement Weather Announcements are posted on the University web site and broadcast on many area television and radio stations.  You may also hear emergency closing information on the University "snow phone": Call 203-365-SNOW (7669) for an up-to-date status of classes.

Please note that delayed openings are based on classes that begin at 8:00 a.m. each week day. Any delayed opening is computed from that time. If a ONE HOUR DELAY is announced, then Sacred Heart University will open at 9:00 a.m.

When Storms Threaten

Keep in mind that during severe weather and power outages, one or more communication channel may be interrupted: telephone lines, e-mail servers, and computer systems may be down.  By setting up multiple, overlapping communication channels (land lines and cell phones, e-mail accounts from more than one provider, e-mail options on a cell phone, etc.) you will have back-up systems available should your primary system be off-line. 

The professional campus facilities staff at the University handle many of the typical winter storm concerns such as snow plowing and shoveling, building operations, and food service.  You can avoid some of the inconveniences and hazards of storm closings and power outages by preparing in advance:

  • flashlights and fresh batteries
  • cell phone & laptop charged
  • prescriptions filled
  • cash for basic transactions
  • emergency telephone numbers on paper
  • car gas tank filled & stocked with emergency supplies

Winter Driving

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has additional suggestions for winter storms and cold weather emergencies.  Look over these recommended supplies and preparations for winter driving.

Food Safety After Power Failures

Don't be fooled by foods in your refrigerator that have re-chilled or re-frozen after power is restored: they may have warmed up enough to grow dangerous bacteria.  Here are some tips for keeping food safe during an outage and what to discard.

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