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.
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:
Massachusetts response: Governor requests closures
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.