to the Editor
Provides Curtailed Operations Information
As 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.
UNH is a walking New England campus. Conditions of roads, parking
lots and walks must be adequate for properly attired students, faculty
and staff to move about safely within the campus in order to reach
destinations and carry out normal activities. We also have many
commuter students and operate an extensive bus service. Thus, we
must consider road conditions in the surrounding area. The decision
to curtail operations is made when the campus is, or is expected
to be, unprepared for parking and pedestrian traffic, local road
conditions preclude continuation of bus service 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, selected radio and television stations,
and the UNH Storm Information Line (862-0000) will carry announcements.
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, Blackboard, an
interdepartmental telephone tree initiated by my office, and the
UNH Home Page also will carry the information. Circumstances permitting,
we will endeavor to provide three hours advance notice of any curtailment
during normal working hours.
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. Any decision to curtail will be announced as
quickly as possible. Please also understand that some radio and
TV stations post our announcements more quickly than others and
may use their own sometimes confusing terminology. The UNH Storm
Information Line will have the complete information if there is
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 available weather forecasts and the predicted
condition of the campus and immediate vicinity. 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.
RADIO, TELEVISION AND STORM INFORMATION LINE INFORMATION
UNH will post details on curtailed operations as follows:
UNH Storm Information Line 862-0000.
WBZ-AM, Boston, 1030 AM
WERZ-FM/WHEB-FM/WMYF-AM/WUBB-FM/WGIN-AM/, Portsmouth, 107.1 FM/100.3
FM/1380 AM/95.3 FM/930 AM/
WQSO-FM/WGIP-AM, 96.7 FM/1540 AM
WHOM-FM/WBLM-FM/WCYY-FM/WCLZ-FM/WJBQ-FM, Portland, 94.9 FM/102.9
FM/94.3 FM/98.9 FM/97.9 FM
WJYY-FM/WNHI-FM, Concord, 105.5 FM/93.3 FM
WKXL-AM/WTPL-FM, Concord, 1450 AM/107.7 FM
WLNH-FM/WBHG-FM/WEMJ-AM/WLKZ-FM, Gilford, 98.3 FM/101.5 FM/1490
WOKQ-FM/WSHK-FM, Dover, 97.5 FM/105.3 & 102.1 FM
WOTX-FM, Concord, 102.3 FM
WTSN-AM/WBYY-FM, Dover, 1270 AM/98.7 FM
WUNH-FM, Durham, 91.3 FM
WWNH-AM, Dover, 1340 AM
WZID-FM/WFEA-AM/WQLL-FM, Manchester, 95.7 FM/1370 AM/96.5 FM
WBZ-TV, Boston, MA, Channel 4
WCSH-TV, Portland, ME, Channel 6
WMUR-TV, Manchester, NH, Channel 9
Winter Parking Ban
The Winter Parking Ban runs from the first forecasted snowstorm
in November or December 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"
lots (see below).
“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 862-1001). The Weather
Conditional lots are: Lot C and Lot B.
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).
Vice President for Finance and Administration