School's out for Sandy

UPDATE: Classes have been officially canceled for Monday Oct. 29, according to the Boston College emergency hotline.

While the massive storm that is Hurricane Sandy barrels towards the East Coast this Sunday night, Oct. 28, Gavel Media is here to update you on the latest and tell you what you need to know about closings, staying safe, and even laughing off the impending threat.

The “Frankenstorm”, as it has been dubbed, is a combination of Hurricane Sandy, a winter storm brewing in the West and artic air from the North. The AP estimated that as much as $1 billion of damage may result across the East Coast.

A Google Public Alert warns that Boston and eastern Massachusetts will face damaging winds all day Monday.

BC’s response: Classes officially canceled for Monday, Oct.29, caution is advised.

Students are advised to:

          -have an Emergency Supply Kit ready

          -charge electronic devices in case power is lost

          -close and lock doors and windows

           -if living off campus: take outside items inside, elevate basement items

           -keep cars fueled and do not park in easily flooded areas

          -don’t go outside until the storm has passed

          -be aware of downed wires, broken trees, and debris

BC also advises students to keep up with the latest news at www.bc.edu/emergency

If there is any flooding or other emergencies, students should call BCPD directly.

Boston response: MBTA still running, but stay home

Mayor Menino has announced that all Boston Public schools will be closed Monday and all non-essential city employees will not need to go to work.

For the latest Boston news, check www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston or follow @notifyboston on Twitter.

The MBTA announced that service plans to run as normal with bus, subway, commuter rail, and RIDE service Monday “for as long as it is safe to do so,” spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in a Boston.com article.

This video says it all:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUZvQaSySbs

 

Massachusetts response: Governor requests closures

Around 5 p.m. on Sunday, Governor Deval Patrick tweeted, “Requesting all schools, campuses & early ed programs to close Monday for safety & keep the roads clear for emergency personnel. #MASandy

Around 70 colleges and universities across the state have already announced closures for Monday. Among this list are the nearby BU, Northeastern, Tufts, and UMass.

 

 

Other responses: NY and NJ prepare

Sandy is also predicted to hit hard in New York and New Jersey Monday. All New York City public schools will be closed tomorrow and Zone A is being evacuated. The MTA public transportation system in New York will also run its last train and bus trips tonight, ceasing service until further notice. Towns across the Jersey Shore are also being evacuated.

 

 

The White House response: Emergency-status

While the relationship between federal and state governments can be tricky in terms of providing emergency status, President Barack Obama made clear that he will be on top of storm relief.

"My message to the governors as well as to the mayors is anything they need, we will be there, and we will cut through red tape. We are not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules," he said. "We want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward into making sure that we have the best possible response to what is going to be a big and messy system,” he said in a meeting with federal emergency officials.

"My first message is to all people across the Eastern seaboard is that you need to take this very seriously,” he said.

Watch the President speak here.

The Internet response: let’s laugh

To provide some levity in the midst of the pre-storm panic, check out Hurricane Sandy's twitter for a laugh…while the internet is still up.

School, major and year: A&S ‘14, Political Science
HometownWestfield, NJ
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? Awesome people, great content.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? Hockey game, tour of campus, meal at Hillside, read The Gavel
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self?No worries, it all works out.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Out of sheer laziness, my room.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Haven’t had a meal plan in a tragically long time.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? Sarah Palin, Halloween 2008
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Chili’s, although I’d probably die of high blood pressure within a matter of days.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy from "30 Rock," because, duh.

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