If anybody is out there

Persevere. If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that AirWes still works in some pockets. You probably already know the important stuff:

  1. Sci Li’s open at 4pm for people with unreasonably cold residences. Camping time!
  2. The power will probably be out for another 24 hours at least – (very) amateur estimates go between 24 hours to 1 whole week, but then again, they’re amateurs for a reason.
  3. Weshop was open for a little today, taking cards but not cash. Not sure whether the same will be the case tomorrow.
  4. Price Chopper is open, last I heard.
  5. Some things on Main Street are open, last I heard. Rite Aid, particularly, but sources say that cash only, no credit.
  6. Stay away from the power lines and fallen trees.
  7. Some word is going around that a couple of the dorms have sockets that work – but numbers of such sockets are sparse. I can’t confirm this to be sure (my source was dubious), but if there’s any out there, and if you’re in the vicinity of one and you’re reading this, do let campus know.
  8. The power outage is affecting the whole of Central Connecticut, so I hear. New Haven isn’t hit, Hartford isn’t hit.
Take care, and do keep safe, Wesfolks. In due time, we’ll be back in classes, and bitching about homework. For now, cuddle around – this is probably a really good opportunity to make new friends, and strengthen the bond with old ones!
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  3. Matt Bush

    Two comments:

    The 24,000-odd number of customers in middletown without power is almost identical to the number of households in middletown on the 2010 census.  I think it’s safe to say (from a distance) that the entire town is without power. 

    This just occurred to me: If the power is out, how are students getting into their dorms?  Do the card readers have battery power?  How long will it last?

  4. Anonymous

    Friend in the Nics said there’s some sockets there that work, there also seems to be power there but I’m not sure if it’s in the whole Nics or just some halls.

  5. Jerry Sontag

    Hi. I’m looking for Alex Pillsbury. He’s a visiting high school senior from the San Francisco bay area. He got to campus this afternoon and the admissions office was closed, his cell died, his folks haven’t heard from him, and it would be great to know he is tucked in a corner somewhere. If anybody has met him, can you email me and let me know: books@mtpress.com, or text me at 510-917-0507. Thanks. Jerry (father of Sam ’14).

  6. Mail

    My kid had  a few seconds left on her cellphone and called her boyfriend, that’s gratitude for you, but she seemed unfazed, they are a little cold and  scraping food together but seem to be enjoying the adventure

  7. Matt Bush

    Other resources from CL&P:

    Outage map: http://outage.cl-p.com/outage/outagemap.aspx
    (In a nutshell, the entire state got hit. Hartford proper is only 30-40% without power, Almost everywhere except the coast and the SE part of the state is shown as 80-100% without power.  New Haven and some of the other areas by the coast are served by a different utility company, so not on this map.)

    Twitter: @CTLightandPower:twitter  (they don’t seem to have much to say here that’s helpful)

    At one point, the president of CL&P advised customers to prepare for a worst-case scenario of a week without power.  Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

    Press release from earlier today (sunday):

    BERLIN, Conn. – October 30, 2011 – Damage assessment efforts have begun following a rare October nor’easter that sent trees and branches crashing down on electrical wires and equipment across the state. All of the 149 cities and towns served by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) were affected by the storm. Nearly 770,000 CL&P customers were without power earlier this morning, surpassing the peak number of outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene two months ago.

    “This will not be a ‘quick fix’…this may take more than a week to restore all of our customers. There are reports of trees down practically everywhere,” said Jeff Butler, president and chief operating officer, CL&P. “To help with damage assessments, we’re using two helicopters. Our other priorities today are handling emergency situations and working in partnership with the towns to clear the blocked roads.”

    This event differs from Tropical Storm Irene in that this storm has caused significant damage to our transmission lines, which are the lines that take power from electric generating plants and feeds it to the distribution grid that serves local homes and businesses. 

    CL&P is scheduling crews to work around the clock until restoration efforts are complete. During a multi-day restoration such as this, approximately 75 percent of crews will begin their shifts around 7:00 a.m. in order to maximize daylight hours and be most productive. The remaining 25 percent of crews will begin their shifts around 3:00 p.m. and will work through the night. “The safety of our employees, contractors and our customers is of our utmost concern and we want to make sure everyone working on this restoration has appropriate time to rest between shifts,” added Butler.

    For your safety, CL&P also reminds customers to stay at least 10 feet away from all wires. Assume any downed, hanging or burning power lines are live and dangerous. If a power line falls on your vehicle while you’re inside, stay there. Don’t touch anything outside the vehicle and wait for emergency crews. Call 9-1-1 immediately with any emergency condition.

    To report outages or check the status of an outage, visit cl-p.com or call 800-286-2000. Our automated phone and online systems can rapidly process your report and help us speed restoration efforts. For helpful tips and news updates, go to our website at cl-p.com, follow us on Twitter @CTLightandPower and like us at Facebook.com/CTLightandPower. You can also get updates on outages in your town by texting “outage” and your zip code to 24612 (texting fees may apply).

    Note: I’m the same as Wes Alum ’09 below.

  8. Wes Alum '09

    From http://www.cl-p.com, the CT Light and Power Company website:

    For updates, text the word outage and your zip code to 24612

    Note: they don’t recognize 06459 as a valid zip code (probably because it’s specific to Wesleyan university, not to a geographic area.)  Use the Middletown zip code, 06457.  

    Parents, this should work from any cell phone anywhere in the USA.  

    Update as of now (7:05pm EDT):
    Outages are affecting approximately 21425 customers in your town. After assessing damage, restoration will begin.  Shelter info, call 211.  Thanks 4 your patience
    Shelter open at High School – 200 LaRosa Ln

    Obviously, this is geared more for the general public than the Wesleyan community, but more info is better than less!

  9. Anonymous

    Hello parents,

    I’m abroad, and I haven’t received any new e-mail messages for a while, and from what I hear, the internet is down on campus. I suspect that phone lines are down, and that the Wesleyan mail servers are also down. Don’t worry about it!

    1. Lesanjuan

      If you’re already logged in or have your phone or email program synced to your email, it works fine (the email runs off Google’s servers).

      1. Anonymous

        That’s what I always thought (and indeed, I’m sending and receiving Wesleyan e-mail through gmail’s POP and IMAP servers), but this doesn’t change the fact that I didn’t get any e-mail for about 18 hours, and later, I got e-mails with timestamps from the previous 18 hours. Do you know why this might be? I don’t know exactly how it all works, but I’m pretty sure (because I don’t really believe too much in coincidences) that it had something to do with the power outage.

  10. Concerned Parent

    Yes, please do keep the info coming! We are parents of a freshman out in California and this is also our only source of information.  Also, we are wondering if this will affect next weekend–we have tickets to fly in for Parents Weekend on Thursday.

  11. Glen Holland

    Hey , this is the first place I’ve been able to find any current information on what is actually happening on campus, more please, yes I am a parent, my daughter is a freshmen and we can’t contact her, or anybody else for that matter, and are freaking out a little bit. Any word? Anybody? mail@glenholland.com

    1. DON'T WORRY

      To parents, 

      Everyone is fine. A lot of students, particularly upperclassmen have left campus for neighboring areas for food, if students need food, there were some shuttles that went around distributing sandwiches. Exley is open as a “warming” area for the night. Generally ,students seem to be chilling in hallways hanging out with friends and a lot of students are going off campus to charge phones and laptops. Everyone’s fine! Don’t worry! Its a fun adventure for people on campus– and to be honest, we’re taking advantage of snow covered Foss to get some good sledding in. As far as I know, Parents Weekend is still on. Wesleyan should be back to normal by Wednesday. 

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