Emergency and Severe Weather Closings
When emergency situations – severe weather, power failure, fire, loss of water or other serious event – force the closing of LCCC/LCCC learning centers or the cancellation of day, evening or weekend classes, local radio and television stations will be notified and announcements broadcast at frequent intervals. The decision to suspend operations and/or cancel classroom instruction and activities is made as early in the day as possible.
Weather reports are monitored 24/7 by College officials. The decision to cancel classes is made after an assessment involving the following criteria:
- Severity of the weather conditions
- Expected duration of the storm
- Vehicular travel conditions throughout the service area
- Ability to render campus and outreach center roadways, sidewalks and parking lots safely usable
Additional information that will be considered when determining the College’s operational status will be the snow emergency declaration levels provided by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and Medina County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Below is a description of each Sheriff’s levels:
|(a)||Level 1 (LCSO)-||Snow emergency means that roadways are hazardous, drive with extreme care.|
|Level 1 (MCSO)-||Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive carefully.|
|(b)||Level 2- (LCSO)-||Snow emergency means that roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing, drifting snow and/or flooding. Only those who feel it necessary to travel should be on the roadways. Employees should comply with workplace policies or contact their employer.|
|Level 2- (MCSO)-||Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.|
|(c)||Level 3- (LCSO)-||Snow emergency means that most roadways are closed and extremely hazardous/flooded. Employees should comply with workplace policies or contact their employer. Violators may be cited.|
|Level 3- (MCSO)-||All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.|
If a decision is made to suspend morning classes, notifications will be sent prior to 6 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. A decision regarding evening classes may be made by 3 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible.
When inclement weather strikes the area, students are advised to first consider the conditions in their immediate area relative to traveling safely. Conditions may vary significantly within the service area of the College and its outreach centers. Decisions regarding College operations are made on the general status of the overall service area.
Students are ultimately responsible for their own safety and travel decisions. Coursework is also the continuing responsibility of students. A decision to be absent from a class for any reason does not exonerate students from their full responsibility to complete all prescribed coursework. If you decide not to attend class, please notify your instructor(s).
In the event that classes are cancelled, the following notification methods will provide timely information regarding campus status:
- LCCC Alerts (free text message service) http://www.lorainccc.edu/alerts for students
- TV Broadcast Channels 3, 5, 8 and 19
- Radio Broadcast WGAR, WAKS, WTAM, WEOL, WMMS
- College’s homepage http://www.lorainccc.edu
- Student Email
Remember, you can sign up to get emergency messages from LCCC sent directly to your mobile phone. There is no charge from LCCC for this service, but normal text-messaging charges from your cell carrier will apply. Please visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/alerts to sign up.
Should a special event(s) be scheduled and severe weather is threatening, the Director of Campus Security confers with the appropriate people in the particular areas of concern, such as Stocker Center personnel for performing and cultural arts events and Ewing Activity Center personnel for recreation- and fitness-related events. The Director of Campus Security keeps all concerned parties apprised of threatening weather and related conditions. Any decision to close the campus is communicated as quickly as possible.