Purdue to assess conditions throughout the night before determining operational status

February 4, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the arrival of the predicted winter storm in West Lafayette, Purdue has opened its emergency operation center and will evaluate weather and road conditions throughout the evening and overnight.

A decision on operations at Purdue's West Lafayette campus will be made in accordance with standard procedures based on input from university and county public safety entities.

When severe winter weather is forecast, the Office of Environmental Heath and Public Safety evaluates whether conditions are improving or deteriorating in consultation with Tippecanoe emergency management officials. Carol Shelby, senior director for EHPS, advises Provost Tim Sands and Treasurer Al Diaz of the current and expected conditions. Sands and Diaz make an initial determination on operational status and check their conclusions with President Mitch Daniels.

Purdue plans to make an initial evaluation of the current storm and its impact at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 4) and will make a subsequent evaluation early Wednesday morning (Feb. 5).

Faculty, staff and students should consult local television and radio, the Purdue home page, and email for decisions on operational status.

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