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USM Ready for Hurricane Irene

weather map showing Hurricane Irene's projected path through Maine

USM continues to prepare its response to the impact of Hurricane Irene and the opening of the academic year.

It appears that the most significant impact of the storm on the Gorham residential campus will be heavy rains, high winds and possible power outages Sunday through early Monday morning. Please also note that emergency agencies are recommending that all citizens avoid areas that will likely be significantly impacted by dangerous high winds and high tides including beaches and other coastal locations.

Resident student Welcome 2011 activities will still occur on Sunday; please check with Residence Hall and Student Life staff for updates on the schedule of activities. 

In the event of power outages on the Gorham campus, emergency lights and systems will remain operational. The Brooks Student Center will remain fully operational on generator power for Dining Services and as a gathering location for resident students who do not wish to remain in their residence halls during a power outage. 

At this time, we anticipate that USM classes and activities will proceed as planned on Monday. Should circumstances require adjustments to the Monday class schedule, updated information will be posted on the USM Emergency/Storm Phone Line, 780-4800, and on USM’s website beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the start of classes on Monday, that information will also appear on various local television and radio stations.

As always, should emergency services be required on campus, please contact USM Public Safety at 780-5211.