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Preparing for a Possible Winter Storm

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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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Leveraging Libraries and Librarians Webinar Now Available

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Leveraging Libraries and Librarians to Improve Disaster Readiness in Our Nation’s Libraries and Our Communities
Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will present about his experiences advocating for greater disaster readiness in our nation’s libraries. In addition, he will talk about creating a disaster readiness culture at the library he works at (University of Virginia Health Sciences Library) and his role in establishing a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) at the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Click on this URL to view webinar: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p7hr32r2hva/