Update from Messiah College Crisis Management Team

Local weather forecasts for today continue to call for rain, gusty winds and potential for snow or a wintry mix. The brunt of Hurricane Sandy has thankfully moved out of the area, but as you know, the storm has had an impact on our campus. Power remains out in most of the academic buildings, and while Lottie Nelson Dining Room has ongoing provisions to continue to serve meals to students, it is doing so with a limited menu and the limited hours of: breakfast from 7-9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and dinner from 4-7 p.m.

The Larsen Student Union will open from 1 p.m.-1 a.m. today as a gathering place for students; and student offices in that space will also be open (although the Union Café will remain closed.)
PP&L has not yet been able to give the College an estimate on when power will be restored to the affected areas of campus. This is critical information for the College’s decision about when classes and activities can resume. We will provide an update on the decision about tomorrow’s schedule and operations later this evening.

The College has been in ongoing communication with employees and students at the Harrisburg and Philadelphia Campuses, and we are pleased to report that both campuses have power and everyone is safe.

Students are asked to be mindful and aware of the following:
• The Yellow Breeches Creek, Starry Athletic Complex, South Entrance and the Millhouse all remain off limits due to flooding and dangerous conditions.
• While outdoors and on the road, please be aware of inclement weather, debris, flooded areas and other potential hazardous conditions.
• Professors may be in contact with students today via email and Sakai regarding academic work and assignments.
• The Provost’s Office is currently in planning regarding scheduling any necessary make-up classes due to further prolonged class cancellations.

We realize that there have been inconveniences and challenges for our campus associated with this hurricane. However, we are thankful for the safety of our students and employees—and for the dedication of the staff in Dining Services, Facilities Services, Safety, and Residence Life who have remained on campus 24/7 to care for the security, welfare and needs of our campus community. Please continue to pray for the victims of this historic storm that has brought such widespread destruction and loss of life.