Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tornado Drill Day

For more than 20 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. A statewide tornado drill is part of that event.
On Thursday April 20, 2017 simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued to test the statewide warning and communications systems. All counties in Minnesota normally participate in the first drill at 1:45 p.m. unless actual severe weather is expected.
Please consider this an opportunity to familiarize yourself with designated tornado shelter areas or safe spaces in areas that you frequent.

In an Apartment, Dorm or Condo
If you live in an apartment that is on an upper floor, get to the lowest level of the building that you can immediately. This could be an underground parking garage or a neighbor’s first floor apartment. Then move to the most interior area possible, away from windows.
If you live in a high-rise apartment building, you may not have enough time to get to a lower level, so picking a place in the hallway in the center of your building is the best idea such as a stairwell. If that is not available then a closet, bathroom or interior hall without windows is the safest spot in your apartment during a tornado. Power loss during a tornado storm is common, so avoid elevators and keep a flashlight handy.

In an Office Building, Hospital or Store
Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building — away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.

2017 Summer parking permit sales

Summer parking permits for 2017 will go on sale Tuesday, April 18th at 8:00am. If you have a valid 2016-2017 parking permit, you will be able to use that for Summer parking in surface lots K, A, B, D, and L. If you need to purchase a parking permit for the Summer semester, log into your Inside Augsburg account and register your vehicle information. You will be able to select the permit type you will need and pay online, or stop by Public Safety. If you have any questions, email parking@augsburg.edu or come to Public Safety.

Use of Recreational Facilities in Kennedy Center/Si Melby Hall

 

The Augsburg Department of Public Safety would like to remind our entire campus community that facility use in Kennedy Center and Sci Melby Hall is for students, staff, faculty, alumni and authorized users. Members of these groups are not permitted to host guests in this space. Check-in procedures after regular business hours will be enforced and an appropriate picture ID will be required. Fob access will also be required after 5:00pm daily. Those found not in compliance will be asked to leave and may be legally prohibited from returning to Augsburg’s campus. Any student, staff, faculty, alumni or authorized user who intentionally violates or attempts to circumvent this policy may lose access privileges as well as face appropriate disciplinary actions.

Road Closure Notice from City of Minneapolis

From the City of Minneapolis:

There are several major road closures that will affect traffic this weekend. Here is information that you need to be aware of so you can plan and give yourself extra time to get safely to your destination if you are traveling in Minneapolis.

I-35W South in Minneapolis 

Southbound I-35W from Highway 280 in Roseville to 4th Street SE in Minneapolis will close Friday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, weather permitting.

 Southbound I-35W traffic will be detoured to southbound Highway 280 and westbound I-94. Access to eastbound Highway 36 from southbound I-35W will remain open. Motorists also will be able to access southbound I-35W from 4th Street SE/University Avenue.  Motorists intending to access southbound I-35W from westbound Highway 36 will be detoured to southbound Highway 280 and westbound I-94.

Eastbound I-394 in downtown Minneapolis

Eastbound I-394 will close at 12th Street North beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. through 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

Eastbound I-394 traffic will be detoured to the 12th Avenue North exit, eastbound Hawthorne Avenue, eastbound First Avenue and northbound Washington Avenue. Crews also will close the westbound I-394 entrance ramps from Washington Avenue/Third Avenue North and Third Street North Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The ramps will reopen by 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

Motorists intending to access westbound I-394 from the Washington Avenue/Third Avenue North ramp will be detoured to southbound Washington Avenue, westbound First Avenue, westbound Hawthorne Avenue and westbound Linden Avenue. Motorists intending to access westbound I-394 from Third Street North will following the same detour beginning at westbound First Avenue.

Twin Cities Marathon

Due to the Twin Cities 10 Mile and Marathon on Sunday, Oct.  5 several Downtown streets and most parkways within Minneapolis (https://www.tcmevents.org/) will be closed between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The marathon starts at 6th Street South between Park and Portland Avenues and the TC 10 Mile starts at Third Street South and Portland Avenue. Roads will reopen once the runners have moved on. Please see the marathon website for more information.

Minneapolis PrepareFair

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District is hosting its annual Minneapolis PrepareFair on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the IDS Crystal Court, City Center, and Nicollet Mall between 6th and 10th Streets.

The Minneapolis PrepareFair is hosted to encourage people to be prepared for emergencies.  The PrepareFair will have demonstrations from the Minneapolis SWAT team, Bomb Squad, K-9 Patrol, and other units during the day on Nicollet mall.

For more information, visit the City’s PrepareFair website, and for additional information on emergency preparedness, visit FEMA’s preparedness website.

2014 City of Minneapolis Sewer Smoke Testing

During late summer and early fall 2014, the City of Minneapolis will be conducting smoke testings of the city sewers to look for leaks, cracks, or faulty connections.  As a result, we may see white smoke coming from sewer and plumbing.  Below is the posting from the City of Minneapolis’ website.

If you would like more information, please visit the city’s Sewer Smoke Testing website.

 

NOTICE FROM THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS WEBSITE:

(The following text was prepared by and taken from the City of Minneapolis and is being provided only to relay the information to the Augsburg community.)

2014 Smoke Testing

Project Type:

Smoke testing helps us to find cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rainwater into the sanitary sewer system. These rainwater connections can overwhelm the sewer system during larger storm events and can cause Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) to the Mississippi River. The smoke testing project is a part of the City’s CSO Program which includes sanitary sewer repairs and upgrades aimed at eliminating CSO. Although the City has significantly reduced the occurrence of CSO more progress is needed to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act and to avoid fines and or additional surcharges for wastewater treatment.

Smoke testing Fact Sheet

Smoke testing Questions & Answers

Project Limits:

See detailed map.

Duration of Construction:

Testing will be completed in various locations between the months of April and November. Each smoke test will last approximately 30 minutes.

Traffic Impact:
Traffic impact should be minor. We anticipate that there will be short-term lane closures and some parking restrictions.

Construction Start Date:

Not known at this time.

Contact: Kelly MacIntyre 612-673-3626
Project Updates:
Look for updates here.

DPS is Hiring Students Now!

If you are a fast-learner who likes to help people, and you want to earn money at an exciting job with great co-workers, you should apply to work for DPS!

DPS is hiring at least 8 students for two positions for the academic year 2014-2015, with training starting in August. Applications are open now and can be found at augsburg.edu/dps/work-public-safety or HR’s job listings.

Both Dispatcher and Patrol are great on-campus jobs with flexible hours, up to 20 a week. Fast-paced and high-responsibility, looks great on any resume. If you’re interested, email Janine Kellogg at borcharj@augsburg.edu or Hannah Youngquist at youngqui@augsburg.edu.

Faculty & staff – if you have any students you think would be a good applicant, please direct them to apply online and/or email their name to Janine or Hannah. Thanks!

On-Campus Fire Safety

Firescience.org recently launched a college student’s guide to fire safety and education.  This guidebook was expert-driven and includes contribution from the NFPA, the CEO of Campus Fire Safety, and public safety directors from two 4 year campus colleges.  The guide provides safety tips for college students living in dorms and off campus housing, including Fraternity & Sorority houses.  Additionally, the guide provides fire safety information for students with disabilities and a comprehensive list of fire safety resources.  See the guide below:

Fire Science Online:  Fire Safety & Education for College Students
http://www.firescience.org/resources/fire-science-and-safety-education/

Firescience.org we founded in 2011 and serves those looking for fire science education and fire safety information.  Most recently, the organization has broadened its scope to address several public safety and service careers such as homeland security, EMTs, forestry, and criminal justice to name a few.  Fire Science Online was funded by private donations and remains non-commercial and advertisement free.

Summer Parking 2014

During the summer of 2014, May – August, an Augsburg parking permit will  be required to park in Augsburg lots. Summer permits are available for purchase for $50 for all Augsburg faculty, students, and staff. You may log into Augnet, click the link for “Parking Services”, and register for a Summer parking permit. Summer permits are valid for all available

Any 2013-2014 year or semester permit is valid during May – August of 2014. If you have already purchased a permit this year – fall permit, spring permit, or academic year permit – you DO NOT need to purchase a summer permit. Your fall, spring, or academic year permit will remain valid the summer of 2014 in all Augsburg lots.

Summer Parking Information