URI Hurricane Earl Update: Move-in days to be held as planned

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KINGSTON, R.I. — September 2, 2010 – The University of Rhode Island will hold its scheduled freshmen move-in days Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5 as planned.

The State of Rhode Island is expected to experience tropical storm conditions Friday and early-morning Saturday, but forecasters have indicated that heavy rain and winds will be gone by daybreak Saturday.

URI Public Safety Director Robert Drapeau urges parents and students to consider weather conditions while planning their travel to URI.

While freshmen have been assigned specific times to move in to their residence halls, the University’s Department of Housing and Residential Life expects that the storm could cause delays and is prepared to accommodate students and families if they cannot make it to campus for their designated time slot.

“We want those individuals delayed by downed trees, power failures or other issues related to Hurricane Earl to know that they have time to take care of matters at home,” said Jeffrey Plouffe, associate director of Housing and Residential Life. “We also want them to travel with care and be prepared for delays. If a student can’t get to campus for a day or two, we are prepared for those types of issues.”

The Department of Public Safety, Facilities Services, housing and Dining Services will be fully staffed during the weekend to address any storm-related issues and provide assistance to families during move-in. For assistance, families may call the Customer Service Center at 401-874-2215.

Any additional updates will be posted to the URI website, uri.edu and to the University’s call-in lines, 401-874-SNOW and 401-874-1000. Please do not call the Campus Police for storm updates.

The Office Of Housing and Residential Life has sent an email directly to its students stating that move-in will be held as scheduled, but to watch for updates on the URI homepage and the URI Housing and Residential Life homepage.

Follow the storm track and read more about hurricane preparedness from the RI Emergency Management Agency.