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Letter: Stony Brook University Lauded for Response to Blizzard

Local resident says "Nemo was no match" for Stony Brook.

Stony Brook University carried out its emergency plan for snowstorm nemo swiftly, all personnel worked tirelessly throughout the snowstorm to make sure that there was a sense of normalcy.

The University cancelled classes on Monday so more roads and paths could be cleared for everyone to get on a normal schedule for Tuesday. During hurricane Sandy, Stony Brook University showed the strength of its tight knit community, and this snowstorm was no different; everyone was better prepared. The power and strength of a community is important to all of its success. Most importantly, three things matters the most: community effort, planning, and execution.

University personnel provided an outstanding plan to care for students during snowstorm Nemo. They provided emergency food and shelter to all the residents living on campus and these students were happy that Stony Brook kept them up-to-date with notices and kept the cafeteria open so no one would go hungry. The recreational center stayed opened and staffed so people could work out, the library stayed open so students could study and the radio station WUSB 90.1 FM broadcasted 24 hours a day to inform the surrounding community with emergency information about traffic, weather, and closings. The staff and emergency personnel kept the essential services running, The parking lots were cleaned by Saturday and busses were running by Monday. In addition, many staff stayed late and overnight to provide services to students to make sure everyone was safe.

NEMO was no match for SEAWOLVES COUNTRY.

– Shaun Uddin

Editor's Note: Shaun Uddin is a Three Village resident who holds a Master's degree in public policy and is currently finishing an MBA at Stony Book University.

Michael Walters February 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Your serious, they hit and almost killed a student
Truffuls February 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM
You're joking, right? The Computing Center is a 24/7 building. It is critically important that the lot be cleared at all times so essential DoIT staff can maintain the computer systems on campus. The parking lot is STILL not cleared and the loading dock is filled with snow. Your contract workers seem to take great pleasure in leaving snow piled in handicapped spots. My license plate got bent trying to pull in far enough to avoid getting hit by the maniacs all zipping through the lot behind the SAC. NO SIDEWALKS were cleared from Nicolls Rd./North Entrance all the way to the train station. Students were forced to walk on the road. A co-worker had to climb over drifts and fell THREE TIMES trying to get to our office, NOTHING WAS CLEARED between the Admin Garage and ECC. The Humanities Bldg was LOCKED, forcing folks to walk around it, in hip deep snow. Several other people I know fell more than once trying to navigate the deplorable conditions on Monday. Fellow handicapped co-workers are forced to take vacation time or work from home because they can not safely get to work to their offices.
Truffuls February 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM
To be fair, that was a cop, not the snow removal crew. How the hell the cop managed to lose control of his vehicle, bounce off one curb, jump another and run over and pin a girl under his car, is beyond me. The speed limit is like 15 or 20 mph there, he should not have been going fast enough for all that carnage.
Truffuls February 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
And, the sidewalk on the North Entrance and at the North P Lot are STILL unplowed! North Entrance is covered in black ice and students are forced to fight the cars to walk/slide up the hill. Handicapped parking spots all over campus are still full of snow. The Computing Center loading dock/fire lane and many parking spots are still not cleared, AND, police & fire folks tried to zoom in there this morning, almost hitting me and they can't get to where they need to be.

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