Hurricane Sandy

Dartmouth is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy as it moves up the East Coast. Please watch this page for announcements and updates.


Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, 5:00 a.m.

As Hurricane Sandy passes through the region, Dartmouth is fully operational today, Tuesday, October 30. All regularly scheduled classes and events will be held as planned. Any additional storm updates will be published to the homepage and the Emergency Preparedness website as necessary.


Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Safety Tips for Students

Before the Storm

  • Make sure room windows are shut tight. Also check vehicle windows if you have an automobile on campus.
  • Charge your cell phone, laptop and other electronics now in case there is a loss of power.
  • Fill your water bottles.
  • Pay attention to weather reports.
  • Check the Dartmouth Emergency Preparedness website for updates
  • Call your family and let them know you're okay. Also, inform family members that they may check the Dartmouth website for updates.
  • Information will be made available on these sites:
    Dartmouth website
    Telephone: Call the Human Resources inclement weather telephone line, toll-free, at 888-566-7669, or call 603-646-9191.
    Radio: 99.3 FM, at 99 Rock, Dartmouth's student-run station

During the Storm

  • If you are outside when the storm hits, immediately seek shelter.
  • Stay in your residence hall.
  • Stay away from windows. High winds could pick up debris and shatter windows with no warning.
  • If your residence hall loses power, stay in the building and contact Safety and Security, at 603-646-3333.
  • In case of a power outage in residence halls, fire alarms, emergency lights in hallways, and student ID cards used to access the building will function. Bathrooms and water will also continue to function.
  • Do not burn candles.
  • Those experiencing emotional distress may contact Safety and Security, at 603-646-3333, to be connected with the dean on call.

After the Storm

  • Make sure the storm has completely passed before going outdoors.
  • Report downed power lines to Safety and Security, being careful not to touch the line. Stay clear of downed lines.
  • Call your family and let them know you're okay. Also, inform family members that they may check the Dartmouth website for updates.
  • Be patient. It may take a while before things are back to normal.


Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Notice of Early Closure

To the Dartmouth community,

Following the recommendation of New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, who has today declared a state of emergency, Dartmouth is releasing all faculty and staff, effective immediately, except those performing services essential to the support of the operation of our residential community. Such services are those needed to maintain core student services, campus safety and security, and also vital patient services.

All 3 p.m. classes are cancelled, as is the Faculty of Arts & Sciences meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Additionally, all Dartmouth-sponsored events for the rest of the day are cancelled effective immediately. Dartmouth libraries will close at 4 p.m.

The Class of 1953 Commons dining facility will remain open until 8:30 p.m. All other dining facilities are open until 8 p.m.

Additional details for undergraduate students will be forthcoming in an email from Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. That information will also be published to the Emergency Preparedness website as it becomes available.

Students and faculty members can be assured that the integrity and safety of their work in laboratories and other locations is secure and protected.

Dartmouth anticipates resumption of normal operations tomorrow, however employees and students should monitor the following resources for updates:

  • Dartmouth homepage:
  • Dartmouth Emergency Preparedness web page
  • Telephone: Call the Human Resources inclement weather telephone line, toll-free, at 888-566-7669, or call 603-646-9191.
  • Radio: 99.3 FM, at 99 Rock, Dartmouth's student-run station.

We encourage members of our community to remain safely indoors as the storm passes through our area. As always, call 911, for police, fire, and emergencies requiring an ambulance. To reach Dartmouth Safety and Security, call 603-646-3333.

Office of Safety and Security
Dartmouth College


Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Community Notice: Hurricane Sandy

To the Dartmouth community,

Dartmouth's emergency planning group--in consultation with town, state, and federal officials--is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy and its potential impact on our campus. Current weather models predict that the worst of the storm will not hit us directly. It is expected that our region will experience high winds and heavy rain beginning late tomorrow afternoon and continuing through Tuesday morning.

At this time, Dartmouth plans to conduct all regular operations--including classes, events, and activities--as usual on Monday.
As the exact path of the storm is uncertain, the emergency planning group will continue to monitor the latest available information. Additional community updates will be shared as necessary via email and the home page of Dartmouth's website.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Harry Kinne
Director of Safety and Security