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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Severe Weather Advisory: 8:06 p.m. EDT

A Tornado Watch remains in effect for all Massachusetts counties except Berkshire County until 11 p.m. this evening (a Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornados). All Tornados Warnings issued earlier this evening have either expired or been cancelled (a Tornado Warning means a tornado could be imminent). MEMA has made outreach to a number of communities that may have been impacted by the severe weather. Wrentham has reported an area of tree damage near Franklin and Banks Streets. There are no additional reports of damage at this time. There are currently 3,250 customers without power across the Commonwealth.

Severe Weather Advisory: 5:05 p.m. EDT

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tornado WATCH for all of Massachusetts until 11 p.m. this evening. This is an ongoing WATCH and monitoring situation only; further updates will follow if needed. Please move all scheduled outdoor activities inside.

Visit the National Weather Service website for more info: www.weather.gov​

Updates and Further Communication to Follow

Severe Weather Advisory: 11:30 a.m. EDT

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Massachusetts except the Cape and Islands from 2 p.m until potentially 8 p.m. The NWS Storm Prediction Center has categorized western and central Massachusetts to be at an enhanced risk for severe weather. The primary threats with the storms are frequent cloud to ground lightening, damaging winds, heavy localized rainfall, and possibly hail. Precautions should be taken duri​ng this time and outdoor activities relocated to an indoor safe space.

Emergency Info

The Public Safety Department supports the Babson community by implementing programs in emergency preparedness to build, sustain, and improve the capacity of the College to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency disasters.

Babson College is actively working to provide for the safety and security of members of the Babson community. The College has a standing Crisis Management Team, consisting of senior administrators, which is ready to act as necessary.

In the event of an emergency, Babson has an emergency notification system in place and will give information to the community via email, voice mail, text message or through other appropriate methods.

Audiences

Point of Contact

 
Parents and Undergraduate Students Office of Student Affairs 781-239-5008
Graduate Students Office of Graduate Student Affairs 781-239-4018
Faculty and Staff Office of Human Resources 781-239-4419.
 
General Information About Terrorism
Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.

Terrorists often use threats to:
  • Create fear among the public
  • Try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism
  • Get immediate publicity for their causes

Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism; assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons.

Targets

High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail.

Within the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire, and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.

General Safety Guidelines

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right
  •  Report suspicious activity to the Babson Public Safety Department 781-239-5555 or local police. 
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency
  • Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on—electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and Internet transactions
  • Be Prepared: Everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves and their family and stay informed about what to do during an emergency.
More Information
For further information on Terrorism Awareness and Emergency Preparedness, visit www.ready.gov. ​
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