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Service Continuity Plan Activated at CMHSL

Update: 11:28 3/6

I closed the library last night at 6pm, and everyone affiliated with the Health System that wanted to stay, moved to our large after-hours space.  The snow stopped falling around 16:00, and road conditions had begun to improve when I headed out.  Charlottesville’s bus system was operating on limited service, but I lucked out and found a bus waiting at the bus stop.

This morning, UVA announced that classes would start at 11am and that all non-designated staff should also report to work at 11.  The Charlottesville buses were operating on schedule, so I was able to get in and open the library at our regular time.  By 10:30 I had backup, and we now have our full service desk team.

Thirty minutes ago I sent out an After Action Review request to staff.  So far, I’m getting positive feedback and I’m hearing about ways that staff helped patrons from home by answering the library’s email account.

Update: 11:32 3/5

Our area is now under a Winter Storm Warning.  Rain is currently changing to snow and we are expecting 4 to 8 inches by evening.  UVA has cancelled classes today; however, we opened at our normal time (7:30am) and we have decided to close at 6pm.  UVA Health System affiliates will have access to our large after-hours space at closing.

Because UVA cancelled classes, all non-designated library staff were asked not to report to work.  I’m faculty, and since the weather was not bad this morning, I came in and opened, after consulting with library leadership, which includes me, another associate director, and the library director.  Our Service Continuity plan is active until 5pm today, meaning that many of our core services are being maintained from home.

Of the 12 libraries on Grounds, the Health Sciences Library and the main library, Alderman Library, are the only libraries open.  Alderman is open from 10am to 10pm.

It has been a very busy morning.  Many students are studying and two major certification exams are taking place in our classrooms.  The afternoon exam lasts until 5:30, which is why we are closing the library at 6pm.

The worst of the snow is suppose to hit between 1pm and 4pm.  I’m hoping that conditions will begin to improve at 6pm.  We’ll see.

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3/4 11:30

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Central Virginia, beginning late tonight and lasting into Thursday.  In response to the Watch, I just sent this Situation Update to library staff:

According to the National Weather Service, our area is currently under a Winter Storm Watch, beginning late tonight and into late Thursday.  Right now, the NWS is predicting 3-5 inches, but, as is usually the case around here, totals can fluctuate due to the track of the storm.

Please be sure to call the 924-SNOW line (or check virginia.edu) before heading out tomorrow morning, and follow instructions for non-designated academic side staff.

Service Continuity Team: Please let me know if anyone is not available tomorrow, so I can make any necessary adjustments in the event that the university closes.  

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC

451 AM EST WED MAR 4 2015

MDZ017-VAZ036-037-056-057-041800-

/O.EXT.KLWX.WS.A.0005.150305T0800Z-150306T0200Z/

ST. MARYS-NELSON-ALBEMARLE-SPOTSYLVANIA-KING GEORGE-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ST MARYS CITY…CHARLOTTESVILLE…

FREDERICKSBURG

451 AM EST WED MAR 4 2015

…WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH

THURSDAY EVENING…

* LOCATIONS…LOWER SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND PORTIONS OF NORTH-

  CENTRAL AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA.

* HAZARD TYPES…WINTRY MIX…THEN SNOW…POTENTIALLY HEAVY AT

  TIMES.

* TIMING…RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW AND SLEET LATE TONIGHT. SNOW AND

  SLEET MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED…MAKING TRAVEL

  POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER 30S.

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