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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ice Storm Freezes Activity for Brookhaven

Ice Storm Freezes Activity for Brookhaven

Under the threat of potential inclement weather and a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service, Brookhaven College ended the day at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 and remained closed through Monday, Dec. 9. Sub-freezing temperatures and icy conditions left many North Texas residents without power for days. As the storm pushed through the area, dangerous travel conditions resulted in the closing of school systems, churches and businesses, and cancelation of local events.

Brookhaven College events including scheduled performances of “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol,” Brookhaven Choral Society and Brookhaven Chamber Ensemble were canceled due to the weather. Additionally, the basketball game Dec. 6 against Southwest Collegiate Institute was canceled and has not been rescheduled. The basketball game Dec. 7 at Concordia University JV has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19.

Decisions about campus closings are carefully considered to ensure a safe environment for students and staff to travel to and from the college as well as navigate around the campus. Since temperatures remained near or below freezing, ice on walkways posed a danger that required removal before activities could resume.

Students and staff were kept apprised of the status through the inclement weather phone lines and website updates, although weather related power outages created challenges for the IT department. Additionally, the DCCCD Emergency Alerts system distributed timely emails and texts with closing information.

The alert system sends messages to all those who have registered, and can be used in case of weather related closings or any other emergency. To receive emergency alert texts, log in to eConnect and under “My Personal Information,” choose “DCCCD Emergency Alerts.” You can also opt to receive an email message or a recorded message on your home phone in the event of an emergency.