Campus in the fall

Emergencies & Closings

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 2 p.m. by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center for the New York counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Cortland, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning 

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning from 9:27 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. for Chautauqua County. At 9:26 a.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 20 miles northwest of North East to near Edinboro, Pa., moving east at 55 mph. Hazard...60 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail. Expect damage to roofs, siding and trees. Locations impacted include Jamestown, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Westfield, Lakewood, Falconer, Mayville, Clymer, Long Point State Park, Findlay Lake, and Chautauqua Lake. This includes Interstate 90 between exits 61 and 59, and Interstate 86 between Exits 4 and 13. For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Move indoors immediately. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.


Sign up for NY-Alert

NY-Alert is a secure, web-based emergency text, email and voice message alert system maintained by Fredonia's Department of Marketing & Communications, and by University Police.  NY-Alert is the primary tool within the mass communication system used on campus during an emergency, and the only alert system which will send messages directly to students, faculty and staff without being having to be logged into email. Learn more about NY-Alert messages

University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings

University policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential services (i.e.: Facilities Services, University Services, Residence Life, Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, University Police, and Food and Health Services) must be maintained in spite of severe weather. When cancellation of classes has been declared, the President will notify the Department of Marketing and Communications to facilitate announcements via the campus' emergency messaging channels (NY-Alert, listserv email, website, etc.) and on radio and TV stations across Western New York, if appropriate. Fredonia's policy states that employees designated as Essential Service will report to work at scheduled start times and perform normal and customary duties in the event of an emergency, including but not limited to weather, power outage, etc. To learn more, visit

Tips to stay safe as you drive home

Here are some helpful tips to ensure you stay safe and are prepared to drive home in the winter weather.