For any Emergency Dial 9-1-1 or Obtain an Outside line then dial 9-1-1
The purpose of this information is to remind the Rutgers community of university policy concerning adverse weather conditions and to identify sources through which accurate weather-related information will be disseminated to students, faculty, and staff.
In the event of a delayed opening, class cancellation, or closure of the university, the earliest possible notification will be made. If you are designated as an essential services employee and you are advised that your services are needed, you must report for work if the university or a particular campus is declared as closed for any length of time due to a weather-related emergency. Please note that the term "essential services personnel" only applies when employees (who have been given status of essential services personnel) are informed that their services are required, and there is a delayed opening or closure of the university.
You can find information about Rutgers' operating status by going to http://uwide.rutgers.edu/status. Additionally, you can find operating status updates on the following pages:
If you are a student or not designated as being needed as an essential services employee for purposes of the weather emergency, and the university does not close, your decision regarding travel during inclement weather is a personal one and should be based on your particular circumstances.
Faculty and staff not designated as essential services employees for purposes of weather emergencies, with appropriate approval from your supervisor, may wish to take personal leave rather than commute in adverse weather.
University policy 60.3.16 addresses university operations during inclement weather. This policy can be accessed at the University Policy Library web site at http://policies.rutgers.edu or http://policies.rutgers.edu/PDF/Section60/60.3.16-current.pdf.
Campus Information Services (CIS) plays a primary role in disseminating Adverse Weather related information to the university community, including the announcement of delayed openings, office closings, and class cancellations. Additional methods are also utilized to disseminate the information, which include e-mail, websites, campus television and local radio/television stations.
Faculty and staff may also be notified of campus status through their departmental telephone chains and are encouraged to review their group's emergency telephone chain and update them as needed.
Please use the information resources listed above and refrain from calling the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) regarding possible cancellations, closures, or delays. Maintaining the ability of the RUPD to receive emergency calls is vital. A large volume of calls can tie up police phone lines at critical times.
We will strive to communicate emergency-related information as broadly as possible and in a timely fashion. Because weather emergencies often occur outside of normal work hours, we ask that you keep a copy of this communication at home; employees are also encouraged to keep an updated list of the home telephone numbers of colleagues both at work and at home.
Weather Related Information
An earthquake is a violent moving or shaking of the earth"s crust, generally caused by a release of tectonic stress along fault lines. Earthquakes are impossible to predict and rare in New Jersey, as such most buildings in this State are not designed to withstand a significant quake and may sustain damage creating hazards during and after the event.
Individual and Group Safety Information
The following are important safety considerations in case of an earthquake:
Actions While Indoors:
Action While Outdoors:
Sheltering In Place
SHELTERING IN PLACE
An emergency situation such as a hazardous materials release outside of building, major storm, terrorism incident, etc. may require that university personnel take shelter in their facility:
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING
If you are caught outdoors in a severe thunderstorm or when lightning threatens:
1. Immediately seek shelter in a substantial building.
2. Avoid contact with metal fences, metal bleachers, or metallic structures.
3. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones ONLY in an emergency.
4. Do not take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm.
5. Wait 30 minutes or more after hearing the last thunder before leaving the safe location
If Caught outdoors and No Shelter Is Nearby:
REMEMBER: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Once you have taken shelter indoors, you should monitor a weather radio, commercial radio/television station, internet or other weather service provider. Even when a specific storm cell has passed beyond the area, conditions may still be right for high winds, lightning, and other hazardous weather conditions. In an emergency dial 9-1-1. The alternate RUPD phone numbers are: New Brunswick 732-932-7111, Newark 973-353-5111 or 973-972-4491, Camden 856-225-6111.
New Brunswick/Piscataway Campuses utilizes Lighting Detection Systems to detect and announce the proximity of lighting. The Lighting Detection System covers the large recreation and athletic fields, stadium and the golf course on the Busch and Livingston Campuses. The system will activate an audible horn alarm to announce the proximity of lighting. All activities on the fields SHALL be suspended and everyone must locate appropriate cover until the storm has passed.
In many instances, utility outages will be for a short duration of time. Emergency lighting and alarm systems will operate for a period of time to safely guide your way out of a building. Status of utility interruptions can be found at:
In the event of a longer outage, additional information will be provided using established communication mechanisms, as the circumstances dictate. The following instructions may be given during a utility outage: