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Last updated 27 January 2015, 01:35 AM

Winter Storm, State of Emergency
Jan. 26, 4:33 p.m.

All members of the community are urged to pay close attention to weather reports, guidance from the university and state officials, and to take appropriate precautions.

  • Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo declared that State Government is closed from 11 p.m. tonight through 4:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. All non-essential employees are excused from work and are not required to discharge time during these hours. A travel ban will be in effect at midnight.
  • Classes, events canceled: As announced earlier, all classes and all events at the University were cancelled starting at 4 p.m. today and continue through tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27.
  • URI offices and buildings are closed.
  • What is Available

    • URI Dining Services has revised hours of operation for the Mainfare and Ram's Den.
    • Though the Library will close today at 5 p.m., the 24 hour room will remain open tonight and through tomorrow, Jan. 27.
    • Health Services will be open until 8 p.m., Jan. 26. Appointments scheduled for Jan. 27 have been rescheduled.
    • URI EMS in Kingston has two emergency vehicles fully staffed. Call 874-2121 in an emergency.

    Safety Tips

    • The University will be closely monitoring conditions throughout the storm. If extended power outages cause chilly conditions in residence halls, warming centers will be established on campus and the affected students will be notified of where to go by Residential Life staff.
    • If any member of the community becomes stranded on the Kingston Campus during the storm and needs assistance, contact Campus Police at 874-2121.
    • As with any storm, be prepared. Make sure you have the essentials - food, water, blankets, flashlights etc. Also, charge cell phones and computers.
    • Be prepared to stay indoors during periods of heavy snow and high winds and monitor local weather for updated forecasts.
    • Given the high winds and heavy snow, falling or downed branches and power lines are a particular concern. Do not approach or touch a downed power line under any circumstances but report it immediately to Public Safety.
    • Grounds and custodial staff will clear pedestrian paths, stairs, and parking areas as soon as conditions allow. Depending on the total amount of accumulation, snow removal may take some time. Members of the community are encouraged to remain patient and exercise caution on paths which will be covered with snow and ice.

    Off-Campus students, faculty and staff

    Remember: Do NOT call 911 to report a power outage. Contact @nationalgridus at 1-800-465-1212 or visit #JunoRI

    Due to extreme weather conditions, the following communities are offering shelters and warming centers. If you do not see your community listed, contact your local municipality.

    Jan. 26, 11:52 a.m.

    All undergraduate and graduate classes at all campuses are canceled starting at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 26 and continuing through tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27.

    A full parking ban will be in effect as of 5 p.m. today, Jan. 26 until further notice.

    The University will continue to monitor conditions and announce any further actions needed.

    Related Notices


    Emergency preparedness is based upon individual responses to urgent situations. We are all "first responders" to any given emergency.

    The following six-minute video, used with the permission of Towson University (Baltimore) and edited by URI Marketing and Communications, provides some very useful tips for how to respond safely and effectively in some emergency situations and what actions to take when directions like "lockdown," "shelter," "shelter in place" or "evacuate" are given.

    All members of the community -- students, faculty, staff and visitors -- are encouraged to view the video to be better prepared to help themselves and others in an emergency.


    The University of Rhode Island works to provide safe and healthy campuses for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. This Alert page is the site where community members will find factual and timely information related to emergency situations, power outages, weather alers and other campus notices. Such notices will also be available from:

    • This page which will be accessed from the URI home page.
    • The University's alert phone line, 874-SNOW (7669).
    • URI's EmergencyAlert text message service.
    • URI social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

    Read about the whole process for Weather Notices and related items.


    There are many wonderful stories of our community members coming together to support one other during an emergency situation. At any time, any concerned students, faculty or staff are encouraged to reach out to any of the various campus support services that are available including:

    Emergency Alert
    Depends on YOU

    The safety of all members of the University community is our number one priority. As many community members have learned, if there is an emergency affecting the community -- whether you live on campus, down-the-line, or anywhere off-site -- the University puts overlapping communication tools to work to keep community members informed.

    URI's Emergency Alert system is one tool that is used to reach all faculty, staff and students who have registered to receive the voice/text notices on their cell phones, PDAs and/or other devices. Notices are also posted on the URI home page, URI Alerts, Facebook, and Twitter.

    If we don't have your number please:

    • Log onto eCampus to update your contact information. It does take 48 business hours for any additions or changes.
      Student eCampus
      Faculty/Staff eCampus
    • If you don't remember your campus ID or password, contact the URI Help Desk, 874-4357
    • Once at eCampus, select the "URI Emergency Alert System" choice from the left-hand menu, and follow the related links. Set your contact priorities as listed above.

    Please Know: This emergency contact information is NOT included in the University's online or print directories. Data is stored in a completely different, secure database.

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