To the William Paterson University Community
This past weekend was difficult for many New Jersey residents, including students and families who lost power and heat over the weekend. On campus, we lost power at 4:30 pm Saturday and did not regain power until Sunday around 10:30 am. As a result, we cancelled Saturday and Sunday activities and sent out various emails, text messages and campus alerts to keep people apprised of the situation. If you have not already signed up for Connect Ed, the campus emergency notification system, I strongly encourage you to do so as it is the most effective way we have of quickly communicating to over 12,000 students and employees. To sign up, please log into WP Connect and click on Emergency Notification Service under WPUNJ Bookmarks.
Let me thank all of you who worked diligently throughout the weekend to keep the campus safe and to quickly repair whatever needed work. This unusual October snow storm is a reminder that we need to be better prepared for the upcoming winter and we will be reviewing all of our emergency procedures and communication protocols. Happily, our contingency plans worked, with additional security quickly placed into residence halls without power and our generators kicking on to provide emergency power in several residential halls. Unfortunately, we do not have generators in all facilities, a condition that we need to improve upon for the future. As a result, some students remained in the dark and I apologize to them and their families. However, we did have residential directors in place at all times and we added security officers in each residence throughout the night. At this time, our campus is back in operations although we and the community continue to experience periodic difficulties with telephone connections and heat. Please be patient as we do the best we can with this widespread problem. We will continue to provide you with periodic updates.
I wish to thank our public safety officers for their diligence and devotion to the safety of students. Many officers worked 24 hour shifts when their colleagues could not reach campus due to snow conditions in their home communities. Thank you all for your hard work and an additional thanks to the students on campus over the weekend who remained calm and cooperative through a difficult weather condition. Pioneer spirit really stood out.