– State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced that
the 64 campuses of SUNY have taken numerous steps in a coordinated approach to
prepare for Hurricane Irene. Chancellor Zimpher convened SUNY's presidents
yesterday, and her office is leading a collaborative effort to ensure the
safety of the system’s over 467,000 students and 88,000 employees throughout
New York State.
“Our primary concern is the safety of the State University’s
students, faculty, and staff. We are doing all we can in partnership with the
Governor, the State Office of Emergency Management, and our local communities
to successfully weather the storm,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “I have directed
all campuses to remain on full alert and be in constant contact with us on
their preparations before the storm and their current situation as the
campuses on Long Island, in New York City, and in the Lower Hudson Valley are
taking all necessary precautions. The vast majority of campuses in these areas,
which are forecast to bear the brunt of the storm, have already cancelled
classes for Monday.
are scheduled to return this weekend to campuses throughout the state for the
start of the fall semester. Many campuses downstate, including the Fashion
Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State College, and Maritime College, have
postponed move-in to later in the week. Many other campuses, such as SUNY IT in
Utica/Rome and SUNY Oswego, have offered early move-in to their downstate
students to avoid travel during the storm.
are also serving as bedrocks of support in their communities. For example, SUNY
hospitals at Stony Brook University in eastern Long Island and Downstate
Medical Center in Brooklyn are opening their beds to patients from other
hospitals being ordered to evacuate. Several campuses, such as Nassau Community
College and the SUNY College at Old Westbury, both in western Long Island, have
been identified as Red Cross and county emergency shelters. In addition, many
campuses including Westchester Community College are designated staging areas
for critical local utilities such as National Grid, Con Edison, and Verizon.
continues to monitor the situation as the storm approaches, and campuses make
necessary safety decisions and provisions. For the most up-to-date information
for a specific campus, visit
their website, and be sure to identify any campus emergency hotlines before
the arrival of the storm. Statewide emergency preparedness information is also
available from the State Office of
the State University of New York
State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in
the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree
and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 3 million alumni around
the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.