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10/30/12 @10:00 a.m. - College Resumes Classes and Business Wed. Oct. 31

Beginning October 31, all classes and regular business at Elizabethtown College will resume as scheduled. The College sustained limited storm damage, most of which was water-related. Facilities Management is addressing those problems. Thanks to our community, the students, faculty and staff, for your support throughout this recent weather event.

Some reminders:

  • Be aware that a high wind warning is still in effect through this afternoon (10/30). Please continue to exercise caution.
  • The Leffler Lecture with Marian Wright-Edelman, scheduled for October 31, has been postponed. When the lecture is rescheduled, the information will be shared.
  • If a work order needs to be submitted for storm-related damage, please send an email to:
  • Normal parking regulations are in effect-please make sure cars are parked in appropriately designated areas.
  • The dam weathered the storm as expected.
  • Health Services reports that Hershey outpatient offices are closed 10/30 but nurse triage lines are open.
  • The Dining Services Halloween Celebration is still planned for October 31!

Dining Services for today, October 30th are as follows:

  • MARKETPLACE - Continuous dining 7 am – 7 pm
  • JAYS NEST - 6:30 am – midnight (regular hours)
  • BLUE BEAN - Closed
  • All regular hours of operation resume tomorrow, Wednesday October 31st


10/29/12 @12:50 p.m. - Closed Tuesday, Oct. 30

College Closing: Elizabethtown College will be closed on Tuesday, October 30. All essential personnel should report.

Safety: Students are encouraged to stay inside during the height of the storm. A High Wind Warning remains in effect from 8 am Monday to noon EDT Tuesday. Students should venture outside only for meals.

  • Winds: increasing from the north to sustained speeds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts between 60 and 70 mph. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
  • Impacts: numerous downed trees, and widespread, potentially long-duration power outages.
  • Report emergencies (ie. downed power lines and trees) to Campus Security at ext. 1111 or 717-361-1111. Always stay clear of downed power lines.
  • Students are reminded that burning candles is prohibited on campus.
  • Should power be lost, additional information and directions to students will be issued by ECAlerts, the College website and residence life staff.
  • Reports of leaks or other maintenance issues should be reported using the work order form located here:
  • Health Services reminds students that the Nurse Triage Line is available 24/7. In the event of a medical emergency, as always, contact Campus Security.

The Dam: The dam isready to handle the water expected to flow into the lake during this rain event


10/29/12 @10:00 a.m. - Dining Services Information

Dining Services announces the following meal schedule for Monday 10/29 and Tuesday 10/30, to ensure the safety of our regular and student staff as they are coming and going on and off campus to work their shifts, while still meeting the needs of our residential students.


  • Marketplace – regular meal hours 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM continuous dining
  • Jays Nest will close at 7:00 pm
  • Blue Bean will be closed


  • Marketplace will be open with a limited menu
  • Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30 am
  • Lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Dinner 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Jays Nest and Blue Bean will be closed

Please contact Dining Services at if you have any questions.


10/28/12 @4:30 p.m. - Closed Monday, Oct. 29

Elizabethtown College will be closed Monday, October 29. All classes and scheduled events have been cancelled. Dining Services will remain open. All essential personnel should report on Monday.

The Emergency Management Group will continue to monitor the hurricane and provide regular updates on the website, social media and via ECAlerts.

Students are reminded to observe safety precautions for severe weather events.


10/28/12 @11:00 a.m. - Preparation Update:

As the College's Emergency Management Group monitors the approaching hurricane, we encourage students to spend Sunday preparing for possible power outages. Please consider the following safety tips and important directions:

  1. Monitor local news, the College's website, and ECAlerts via text, phone and email for updates to information.
  2. During the height of the storm, high winds and rain are expected. Students are encouraged to remain indoors when possible and exercise extreme caution when venturing outside.
  3. Charge all mobile and electronic devices.
  4. Dining Services will remain open and is well stocked for this emergency. Students may choose to have additional bottled water and non-perishable food items on hand for your convenience.
  5. Close all windows. Turn off computers, lights and other electronic equipment when not in use.
  6. Electrical and valuable equipment should be moved away from windows (where possible leaks occur) and off of the floor.
  7. Have adequate prescription medications on hand.
  8. Report any hazardous conditions (downed trees, power lines, etc.) to Campus Security immediately at ext. 1111 or 717-361-1111.
  9. Window and ceiling leaks should be reported to resident life staff.
  10. Be patient and help your fellow students. Extended power outages and extreme flooding are possible which will present challenges for our entire community.

Currently, the class schedule for Monday remains unchanged and campus events for the week are being evaluated. Status updates will be shared as decisions are made.


10/27/12 @7:00 p.m. - Campus Hurricane Preparation:

The College's Emergency Management Group is meeting on October 28, to plan for the impending hurricane. The College has an Emergency Action Plan and will be implementing the Plan as necessary.  Information will be shared with parents and the entire campus community via the website, social media, the college hotline (717-361-1988) and through ECAlerts in text, phone and email.

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