Nov. 7, 2003 Edition
winter coming, curtailed operations is a possibility
we approach the winter season, I want to remind each of you of the
university’s policies and procedures for declaring curtailed
operations. Although we hope for a mild winter, we must be prepared
for extreme weather situations.
Declaring Curtailed Operations
The decision to curtail operations is made because the local road
conditions are considered to be dangerous, the campus is unprepared
for parking and pedestrian traffic, and/or there are utility and
power outages that impact our working environment. Decisions to
curtail typically relate to the basic teaching, research, public
service and administrative responsibilities of our campus –
decisions to curtail athletic and other special events are made
and announced separately.
Once we curtail operations, we have three methods of communicating
this information to our faculty, staff, commuter and residential
students – by selected radio stations and television channels,
UNH Home Page, and by the UNH Storm Information Line (specific details
When the decision has been made to curtail operations, announcements
will be made immediately and will include information about affected
work shifts and classes (morning, afternoon and/or evening), the
Wildcat Transit bus routes, and Winter Parking Ban, if applicable.
Our goal is to make these announcements by 6 a.m. whenever possible.
If we curtail during our normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.),
university departments will be alerted via e-mail, and an interdepartmental
telephone tree initiated by my office.
Please do not tie up telephone lines by calling administrative offices
or the university operators to inquire whether a closing announcement
is going to be made. Instead, either wait for your department to
be notified, check the Storm Information Line periodically, or listen
to one of the designated radio stations or TV channels.
It is important to note that if we curtail operations, Dining Services
shifts from their normal schedule to offering brunch from 10 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m.
A declaration of curtailed operations means that only personnel
who perform essential support services are required to report to
work or to remain at work. Because UNH is a residential campus,
regardless of the weather conditions we must continue to provide
services to our student population and ensure that our physical
plant is properly maintained. If you are unsure whether your position
is considered essential in a weather emergency, please check with
your supervisor. Employees designated by their supervisors as essential
personnel will receive compensatory time for hours worked during
curtailed operations. If you are not considered essential, please
do not travel to campus.
Use Common Sense
If we do not declare curtailed operations, all offices are open
and all classes are held as scheduled. We must naturally make our
determination based on the condition of the campus and the major
roads and highways entering Durham. If staff feel that traveling
conditions near their home are unsafe, they may choose to take vacation
or earned time rather than drive in those conditions. If faculty
find it impossible to come to campus, they should make a special
effort to contact their students, especially commuter students,
so that no one travels to UNH unnecessarily.
Winter Parking Ban
The Winter Parking Ban runs from the first forecasted snowstorm
in November or Dec. 1, whichever is earlier, to March 31, and is
in effect nightly regardless of weather. During this time parking
is prohibited at any time between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.
in all but “Weather-Conditional” or “Exempt”
Weather Conditional Lots
These lots are open and available after midnight on nights when
no declared snow emergency is in effect. These lots resume their
normal permit requirements at 6:30 the following weekday morning.
It is the responsibility of the motorist to ascertain the status
of the Weather-Conditional lots (status is posted on signs at entrances
to these lots and on a recorded message at 2-1001). The Weather
Conditional lots are: C-Lot, B-Lot and K-Lot (this lot will close
at the start of the Kingsbury renovation project scheduled for this
winter, and will no longer be a WPF weather-conditional parking
option for the duration of the project.)
These lots remain open and available for after-midnight parking,
regardless of weather conditions. The Exempt Lots are all resident
lots, with appropriate permit; A-lot Section 4 (rear, nearest to
Gables); Visitor Lot; and specially reserved spaces (Hall Director,
Dean, H/C, etc. with appropriate permit).
Radio, TV and Storm Info Line
UNH will post details on curtailed operations as follows:
UNH Storm Information Line: 862-0000
Portsmouth: WERZ-FM (107.1 FM),WHEB-FM (100.3 FM), WMYF-AM (1380
AM), WUBB-FM (95.3 FM), WGIN-AM (930 AM), WQSO-FM (96.7 FM), and
WGIP-AM (1540 AM).
Portland: WHOM-FM (94.9 FM), WBLM-FM (102.9 FM), WCYY-FM (94.3 FM),
WCLZ-FM (98.9 FM), and WJBQ-FM (97.9 FM).
Concord: WJYY-FM (105.5 FM), WNHI-FM (93.3 FM), WKXL-AM (1450 AM),
WTPL-FM (107.7 FM), and WOTX-FM (102.3 FM).
Gilford: WLNH-FM (98.3 FM), WBHG-FM (101.5 FM), and WEMJ-AM (1490
Dover: WOKQ-FM (97.5 FM), and WSHK-FM (105.3 & 102.1 FM), WTSN-AM
(1270 AM), WBYY-FM (98.7 FM), and WWNH-AM (1340 AM).
Durham: WUNH-FM (91.3 FM)
Manchester: WZID-FM (95.7 FM), WFEA-AM (1370 AM), and WQLL-FM (96.5
Boston: WBZ-TV Channel 4
Portland: WCSH-TV Channel 6
Manchester: WMUR-TV Channel 9
Candace R. Corvey, vice president for finance and administration