Severe Weather Update
10/29/12 at 9:50 pm
A message from MASCO:
Please note that the MBTA anticipates service to resume at 5 am on 10/30. Several issues remain, however, for Green Line and commuter rail services. The MBTA will need to conduct damage assessment before making a final decision on restoration of services. The MIC will disseminate more information as it becomes available.
10/29/12 at 8:55 pm
Message to the HMS Community:
We hope that all are safe from the storm as it passes through New England. We anticipate that the harshest weather will end this evening, and want you to know that HMS will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30. Classes will be held as scheduled.
We understand that there are some who will have been directly affected by the storm and may not easily be able to commute to work. If you cannot make it in tomorrow, please make arrangements with your supervisor to use personal or vacation time.
If you rely on public transportation and are unsure if buses, trains or ferries will be operating on time, the University has arranged for you to park for free with a Harvard ID at one of the three University parking lots: 10 Everett St., 52 Oxford Street in Cambridge and the Soldiers Field Parking Garage at 1 Western Avenue in Boston. If you choose to park in one of these lots, the M2 will be running throughout the day.
For further updates, continue to check the HMS website at hms.harvard.edu and the HMS phone line and the University phone line, both of which are regularly updated.
10/29/12 at 5:30 pm
A message from MASCO:
Be advised that MASCO will reduce the schedule for Ruggles and JFK/UMASS shuttles for the remainder of this evening, due to the very low number of passengers riding these transit services. The reduced schedule is as follows:
RUGGLES: 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15 and 8:45 pm.
JFK/UMASS: 5:05, 5:35, 6:05, 6:35, 7:05, 7:45 and 8:05 pm.
The Park and Ride shuttles and M2 Shuttle services are in full operation and will continue their normal schedule.
10/29/12 at 5:25 pm
An update from Harvard University:
University officials continue to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy and expect the brunt of the storm to pass through Cambridge and Boston tonight. At this time, we are making preliminary plans to return to normal operations on campus Tuesday morning.
As the storm passes and the conditions created by the storm are better understood, the University will make final plans for Tuesday operations. For further updates, please check www.harvard.edu and 617-496-NEWS.
10/29/12 at 11:50 am
Due to the MBTA Service Suspension at 2:00 pm today, MASCO has added additional services to JFK/UMASS, Ruggles and Crosstown/Wentworth Shuttle Services.
AUGMENTED MIDDAY SERVICES:
- JFK/UMASS SHUTTLE: There are extra trips leaving the LMA via Longwood Avenue and Francis Street at: 11:20 am, 11:50, 12:20 pm, 12:50, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20 and 2:50. Regular afternoon service starts at 3:20.
- RUGGLES EXPRESS SHUTTLE: There are extra trips leaving the West Campus stop at: 11:15, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00pm, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15. Regular afternoon service starts at 2:30.
- CROSSTOWN/WENTWORTH COMBINATION: There are extra trips leaving Vanderbilt Hall at: 11:30, 12:15 pm, 12:32pm, 1:00, 1:07, 1:30, 1:42, 2:00, and 2:25. Regular afternoon service starts at 2:40.
- Chestnut Hill SHUTTLE: There are extra trips leaving 70 Francis Street (Shapiro Building) at: 10:15 am, 11:05, 11:55, 12:45 pm, and 1:45. Regular afternoon service starts at 2:35.
REGULAR MIDDAY SERVICES:
- M2: Regular midday service from Harvard Square and Vanderbilt Hall at: 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15 pm, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:30 and 3:45pm. Regular evening service starts at 4:00.
- Fenway: Regular midday services are operating normally.
10/29/12 at 10:35 am
For updates on MBTA service during the storm, visit http://www.mbta.com/weather/. Following is an update the MBTA provided at 10:20 am:
All service will be suspended effective 2 pm today. Customers are encouraged to make final MBTA trips as early as possible to ensure safe arrival at their destination.
Regularly scheduled service will operate until service is suspended.
The safety of customers, employees, and infrastructure is the MBTA’s top priority.
Customers are encouraged to check MBTA.com, follow the MBTA on Twitter @mbtaGM, and check local news broadcasts for updates throughout the storm. Customers interested in receiving text or e-mail updates are encouraged to sign up for T-Alerts.
10/29/12 at 9:25 am
For updates on MASCO service, visit http://www.masco.org/. Following is an update MASCO provided at 9:15 am:
Be advised that MASCO’s shuttle services are operating as usual today, Monday, October 29, 2012, with provision for additional shuttle services during the midday to facilitate any early dismissal of LMA employees:
- JFK/UMASS SHUTTLE: There are extra trips leaving the LMA via Longwood Avenue and Francis Street at 11:20 am, 12:20 pm, 1:20 and 2:20. Regular afternoon service starts at 3:20.
- Chestnut Hill SHUTTLE: There are extra trips leaving 70 Francis Street (Shapiro Building) at: 10:15 am, 11:05, 11:55, 12:45 pm and 1:45. Regular afternoon service starts at 2:35.
- M2: Regular midday service from Harvard Square and Vanderbilt Hall at: 10:45 am, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15 pm, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:30 and 3:45. Regular evening service starts at 4:00.
- Fenway, Wentworth, Crosstown, and Ruggles: Regular midday services are operating normally.
10/28/12 at 9 pm
Due to the anticipated severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy tomorrow, Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency for tomorrow, Monday, October 29. As a result, Harvard University, including HMS and HSDM, will be closed for all but essential operations. Please note that all Quad-based classes for MD (New Pathway, HST, and HSDM students enrolled in MD courses) and PhD students are cancelled for Monday, October 29 only.
All students at clinical sites are responsible for contacting and following the reporting instructions of their site or clerkship director. Students must use their own discretion regarding the safety of travel to their clinical site. However, third- and fourth-year students may be essential to the emergency and should follow the reporting instructions of the site and clerkship director. Please see section 7.04 of the HMS Student Handbook: http://hms.harvard.edu/content/704-weather-and-emergency-policy.
Only designated staff essential to core operations should report to work on Monday. These include those engaged in functions of animal care, facilities operations and critical research tasks. Please check with your supervisor for further clarification.
During weather or other emergencies, information is available to the HMS community through the following channels:
- HMS emergency phone line (listen only), 617-432-6666
- The HU phone line for info on all Harvard schools (listen only) 866-496-NEWS (6397)
- MyCourses will have updates about specific courses and sessions
- The HMS home page: hms.harvard.edu