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CAMPUS ALERT: UTPA to Close Due to Tropical Storm Alex
By Office of University Relations
Posted: 06/29/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American will officially close the main campus and all of its satellite locations today, Tuesday, June 29, at 10 p.m. after the end of the last scheduled class due to Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to intensify and become a hurricane.


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The University will remain closed Wednesday, June 30; Thursday, July 1; and Friday, July 2. UTPA anticipates resuming regular classes and office services Monday, July 5; however, please monitor local TV and radio stations for the latest information on the storm and for any change in University schedules.

You can also visit the main UTPA Web site at www.utpa.edu for further weather and campus alerts. For those who do not have access to the Internet, the Safe Hurricane Preparedness Hotline (956/665-7233) will be available to provide you with the latest information. In addition, the Bronc Alert emergency system will also be used to inform you of any campus updates.

Currently, university crews are sandbagging, boarding up, clearing debris and taking other precautionary measures around campus. If you see something that should be taken indoors or that might be a hazard due to possible strong winds or flooding, please advise Physical Plant at extension 2748 immediately.

Students, faculty and staff are also being asked to secure their workplaces and computers. Please follow the instructions, which can be found in the Hurricane Preparedness Plan website at http://www.utpa.edu/hurricane. At this website you will find important details to help you prepare your University work area as well as information on how to protect you and your family, your home and your personal belongings.

Please also be aware that no one will be allowed on the university grounds after UTPA is shut down Tuesday evening – until the official reopening. Only personnel authorized by their respective division vice president will be permitted on the grounds.

Your safety and that of your family is of utmost concern. If you feel that safety considerations require you to take leave before the end of the work day today, you may take annual leave after you have discussed this with your supervisor, secured your workspace and made sure that your responsibilities for the University are covered.

For more information, call the UTPA Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 956/665-3690 or the Safe Hurricane Preparedness Hotline at 956/665-7233.