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Points to Ponder: Review of UW Procedures for Severe Weather Closures, Delayed Openings, and Early Closures

Now that it’s officially winter and severe weather is more than likely to be in the forecast, we wanted to review the University of Wyoming’s established procedures for determining whether severe weather warrants delayed opening, early closure, or total closure of the UW campus.

The procedures, courtesy of Environmental Health and Safety and Mark Collins, VP of Operations, are as follows:

  • Communication protocol established between UW Administration and UW Communications Office.
  • Monitor weather conditions and area closures & cancellations on an hourly basis.
  • Ongoing review of all updated weather forecasts and satellite information from NOAA (National Weather Service), Weather Channel, WYDOT and UW Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Communication link established with Superintendent’s Office at Albany County School District (communication updates begin 5:00 A.M. – 5:30 A.M.).
  • Snow removal and infrastructure updates from UW Physical Plant.
  • Current weather condition  updates and reports from UW PD and local law enforcement
  • Updates from Transit and Parking Services on status of bus fleet, road conditions.
  • AVP Operations provides recommendation to VP for Administration and President ’s  Office.
  • AVP Operations provides official weather notification to UW Communications Office (before 6:00 A.M.).
  • UW Communications will issue announcements via  text alert messages, campus e-mail broadcast, color-coded message on UW home page, notification to UW phone operators, communication to Wyoming Public Radio, messages to local radio stations & electronic media and periodic updates to state officials in Cheyenne.
  • Monitor weather conditions for potential cancellation of UW Athletic events, Fine Arts  programs and UW student - sponsored special events

You can view the original document outlining UW Procedures for Severe Weather Closures, Delayed Openings or Early Closures here.

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