Emergencies & Closings
Special Weather Statement
Weather Updated: Saturday, Nov 10 7:35 AM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Chautauqua County, New York
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 9AM EST SAT ...A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL AFFECT WYOMING...CATTARAUGUS... SOUTHERN ERIE...SOUTHWESTERN LIVINGSTON...CHAUTAUQUA AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES... A LARGE BAND OF HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW PRODUCING SNOW FALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MID-MORNING ACROSS THE WESTERN SOUTHERN TIER, MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 86, AND EXTENDING INTO MUCH OF SOUTHERN ERIE AND WYOMING COUNTIES. WINDS UP TO 40 MPH WILL BE FOUND IN AND NEAR THIS BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW, PRODUCING AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND VERY POOR VISIBILITY. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS... INTERSTATE 390 BETWEEN EXITS 4 AND 5. INTERSTATE 90 BETWEEN EXITS 61 AND 57A. INTERSTATE 86 BETWEEN EXITS 4 AND 10, BETWEEN EXITS 14 AND 16, NEAR EXIT 20, AND BETWEEN EXITS 27 AND 33. USE EXTRA CAUTION IF YOU MUST TRAVEL INTO OR THROUGH THIS DANGEROUS BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW. BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH VERY POOR VISIBILITY AND DEEP SNOW COVER ON ROADS.
University policy for weather-related cancellations and closings
AdministratorSaturday January 10, 2015
University policy on extraordinary weather requires that normal operations continue to the extent possible. Essential college 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. University employees working in these areas should remain on duty or report to work to avoid interruption of these critical services, unless directed to do otherwise by their supervisors.
If classes are cancelled before the beginning of the instructional day, announcements will be made on the following radio and TV stations:
Jamestown: WJTN, SE93, WHUG, WKSN
Buffalo (radio): WBEN, WBLK, WTSS, WJYE, WYRK, WKSE, WBFO
Buffalo (TV): WGRZ, WIVB, WKBW, Time Warner News
Although only the Governor can "close" the University, the campus President has the authority to take the following actions:
1. Cancel classes – When this decision has been made, absences of non-instructional employees must be charged against compensatory time, vacation accruals, or personal leave. Such absences should first be charged by classified employees against personal leave. Professionals, librarians, and management confidential employees should first charge such absences against holiday compensatory time (if accrued) and then vacation.
2. Excuse reasonable tardiness – Without charge to leave credits when extraordinary situations or weather conditions affect the arrival time of employees.
3. Authorize early departure – With appropriate charges to leave accruals or payroll adjustment, when the situation warrants it or weather conditions could make transportation dangerous.
4. Request authorization to direct early departure – Direct the early departure of employees without charge to leave accruals when, in the President's opinion, weather conditions are so severe as to make return home travel so dangerous that the continuation of employees on the job might endanger their health or safety.
5. Excess of one full day – Requests New York State to authorize the restitution of accruals used in conjunction with extraordinary weather conditions so extreme as to have created a natural disaster situation affecting the ability of large numbers of employees over a wide geographic area to report to work.
1. The Chief of University Police is responsible for monitoring weather report conditions. The Chief of University Police may consult with the Weather Bureau, state, local and county police, and the University’s Director of Facilities Services to monitor the effect of storm conditions on transportation to and from the campus.
2. The Chief of University Police will advise the President if reports indicate that weather conditions will potentially disrupt transportation and thus warrant administrative action.
3. The decision of the President under these circumstances may be one or some combination of the options already discussed.
4. Communication of the President’s decision to the university community will be as follows:
a. When cancellation of classes has been declared, the President will notify the Director 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 in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Buffalo, and Jamestown.
b. If classes are cancelled before the beginning of the instructional day, announcements will be made on the following radio and TV stations:
Dunkirk: WDOE, 96KIX
Jamestown: WJTN, SE93, WHUG, WKSN
Buffalo (radio): WBEN, WTSS, WJYE, WYRK, WKSE, WBFO
Buffalo (TV): WGRZ, WIVB, WKBW, Time Warner News
c. If classes are cancelled after the beginning of the instructional day, the announcement will be communicated to Directors and Departmental Chairpersons by the appropriate Vice President, and announcements will be made over the radio stations mentioned.
d. If the President concludes that prevailing weather conditions justify the excuse of reasonable tardiness, employees will be notified by the Department of Human Resources.
e. If the President directs early departure, the President will advise the Vice Presidents and the Director of Human Resources. The Vice Presidents will notify supervisory personnel in their areas to begin directing employees not required for essential services to leave work. Employees should not leave their work locations until directed to do so by their immediate supervisors.
Sign up for NY-Alert
Christine Davis MantaiFriday November 18, 2016
Members of the Fredonia campus community are urged to sign up for NY-Alert, a secure, web-based emergency alert system implemented on campus and created and maintained by SUNY Administration and the New York State Emergency Management Office.
Alerting students, faculty, and staff to safety concerns
It is the primary (although one of many) emergency notification tools used to send information regarding serious safety issues to the entire campus community in response to any event or situation which causes a serious safety concern. Trained, authorized personnel on the campus will be able to warn students, faculty and staff who have signed-up to the system of an impending emergency, and provide timely and ongoing information to protect lives and minimize campus disruption.
NY-Alert is a major component of the mass communication system which we use during an emergency, and is the only alert system which will send messages directly to students, faculty and staff without having to be logged into email.
Text, email, voice or fax messages
NY-Alert is capable of sending text, e-mail, and recorded voice messages to multiple addresses and phone numbers that persons provide to the system. Participation is widely encouraged but completely voluntary. It is provided at no cost (with the exception of any charges assessed by a person’s wireless service provider), and only a single e-mail address is required to participate. If you sign up for multiple contact methods (fax, e-mail, text, or phone), please understand that you may receive only one contact message, as the goal of NY- Alert is to make at least one contact.
Instructions for Students
1. Go to the Fredonia home page
2. Click on the Your Connection link (found in the upper right under the envelope icon)
3. Log in with your Fred ID# or Social Security Number and Password
4. Click on the “Personal Information” link on the Main Menu
5. Click on the last option on the Personal Information menu, “Emergency Alert Contact Information (NY-Alert)”
6. a. If you have not previously registered for the NY-Alert system, you will be given two choices. Click the first option, “I would like to register for this service now and receive any alerts sent to the campus community.” Then click CONTINUE.
i. Enter an e-mail address to receive NY-Alert messages, then click CONTINUE.
ii. Enter phone numbers to receive text, voice, and/or fax messages, then click CONTINUE.
iii. Confirm the information by clicking, “Register me with NY-Alert,” located at the bottom. You should then see the confirmation: "You have successfully registered for SUNY NY-Alert."
6. b. If you have already signed up for NY-Alert and need to update your information, you will be given three choices. Click the second option, "I would like to continue with the NY-Alert System but I need to alter the displayed contact information," then click CONTINUE. Review your information and make changes as needed.
Instructions for Faculty and Staff:
1. Go to the SUNY home page
2. Click on System.SUNY.edu in the top right corner
3. Click on SUNY Blue Login in the top right-hand column. It then may ask you to select “Fredonia” from the drop-down menu and then sign on using your Fredonia User ID and Password. If you are already logged in, it will take you right to the SUNY Blue page.
4. Click on SUNY Emergency Alert System in the right-hand column of the SUNY Blue page.
5. Complete the form as indicated; it will ask for your name, affiliation (employee, student or other) campus, e-mail address(es), telephone numbers (with area code) for voice and text messaging, text messaging provider, and fax number (if applicable).
6. Then click Submit at the bottom of the form, which will take you to another form to review, and then click Confirm. You will receive a message that your entry was submitted successfully to the SUNY Emergency Alert System.
To Unsubscribe from NY-Alert:
If you would like to discontinue receiving Fredonia NY-Alert messages:
Students should log into Your Connection and click on the Personal Information link. Then click on the last option on the menu, Emergency Alert Contact Information (NY-Alert). Chose the third option, "I am not interested in participating in this service. I understand that safety alerts from the system would not be sent to me," then click CONTINUE.
Faculty/staff should email email@example.com, putting "Unsubscribe" in the heading.