Power Outage at LIU Post, No Major Damage Reported Following Hurricane Sandy
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
LIU Post, Long Island University
Despite high winds associated with Hurricane Sandy, LIU Post in Brookville did not sustain any major property damage; however the campus is still without power as of Monday, October 29, and operating on back-up generators. The campus is closed through Sunday, November 4, 2012. Long Island University's administration center, also located in Brookville, is also closed through Sunday. At this time, LIPA has not provided an estimate of when power will be restored. The campus will make an announcement about Monday's possible reopening no later than Sunday, November 4.
No major damage has been reported on campus. There are no injuries. The only remnants of the storm are some fallen trees and tree branches, according to Bill Kirker, director of facilities services. The campus lost power Tuesday afternoon but continued to operate on back-up generators, which run on continuous natural gas. "Early preparations ensured there was no major damage," said Kirker. "We pruned trees, move equipment inside, gassed up generators, and took other precautions to ensure the campus property was secure," he added. Electricians, plumbers and custodians continue to be available around the clock to respond immediately.
Various campus departments are working together to ensure that students and staff residing on campus are safe and secure. Approximately 600 of LIU Post's 1,600 residential students remain in the residence halls and are receiving meals in Winnick Student Center. Students are able to charge their phones in designated outlets and most residence halls have a TV in the lobby for students to watch news reports and movies.
During the storm and the aftermath, campus radio station WCWP 88.1 FM is broadcasting news and announcements at the top of the hour. WCWP director of broadcasting Dan Cox is providing information for the local residents in the Village of Brookville as well as local clean-up efforts.
The campus community will be updated about class and event cancellations through various communication outlets, including the Emergency Hotline (516-299-EMER), the campus web site (www.liu.edu/post), LIU e-mail, Facebook.com/LIUPost, twitter.com/LIU Post, and weatherclosings.com.
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