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Hurricane Irene Preparations

August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene Preparations

August 26, 2011: 10:25

For additional updates, visit RPIAlert

August 25, 2011: 10:30 p.m.

As you know, the National Hurricane Center has been tracking Hurricane Irene as it moves north along the east coast. While conditions and the track could change over the next few days, the forecast from the Center indicates that the storm will bring high winds and heavy rain to our area on Sunday, August 28.

Because it appears that the most serious impact of the storm is likely to occur at a time when most students would be traveling to Troy, we have made several adjustments to facilitate the best possible travel conditions and enable students to arrive after the storm has passed.

We have cancelled classes for the first day of the fall term, Monday, August 29. Students therefore should plan NOT to travel to the campus during the upcoming weekend, but should plan to arrive on Monday. Classes will commence as scheduled on Tuesday, August 30. Since it is expected the worst travel day will be Sunday, those families and students who still wish to travel and check in today or tomorrow (Saturday) can still do so.

First year Convocation, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 28, has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 29, at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Distribution of laptop computers for new students, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been rescheduled to Friday morning at the Low Center for Industrial Innovation.

First-year students, most of whom have already arrived on campus, will receive further information about schedule changes from the Office of Student Life.

This information will be updated through additional email messages, the university's website, and RPIAlert as circumstances warrant.

For more information on preparing for a hurricane, please visit:

To track the storm yourself, visit:

Contact: Mark Marchand
Phone: (518) 276-6098