INCIDENT MANAGEMENT ALERTS

LiveSafe Update: Jan 23, 2020, 7:32 PM  
- Transformer Damage

A power transformer was damaged at Moraga Rd and St. Mary’s Road. MOFD responded. Power has been restored to the College. Please stay tuned to Moraga PD Nixle alerts for more information if broadcast.

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Update on Moraga Incident: 12:21 a.m. Jan. 20, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

We wanted to provide you with an update to the information that we have received regarding the shooting incident in Moraga earlier this
evening.  As shared in our crime alert and in the Moraga police report, the shooting occurred at the Rheem Center in Moraga near Starbucks and the shooting suspect was located and is in custody. Two people were injured during the shooting, one of whom is confirmed to be an SMC student. The suspect is said to be a former SMC student.

We are troubled by this news because it involved Saint Mary's students who are known to one another.  We are offering support to those students who were victims and also want to encourage members of our community to seek out the resources that are available in light of this disturbing incident.  We are including attached to this email a resource for self-care and we encourage that you take advantage of the resources that are available on campus for students and for employees.

Sincerely,

Jane Camarillo, Vice Provost for Student Life

Mark Nagel, Executive Director of Public Safety and Transportation

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LiveSafe Notification, 8:33 p.m. Jan. 19, 2020: Police Activity in Moraga

Saint Mary's College of California has sent a broadcast message via the LiveSafe app:  Saint Mary's College is aware of police activity involving a shooting at Starbucks in Moraga. Receiving reports that suspect is in custody. Public Safety has closed the front gate and verifying vehicles entering campus. Public Safety is increasing patrol during this period. Please be advised to stay away from the area of police activity. Please refer to Moraga PD Nixle for updates.

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Campus Safety Update – November 21, 4:10pm

Dear Campus Community,

This is a brief update to an earlier alert sent to the College campus regarding a report of a concerning social media post that included, among others, a photo of a building on Saint Mary's campus and a separate photo of firearms.  There was not a specific threat to Saint Mary's College but the post was concerning. 

  • When Public Safety received a report of the social media post at approximately 12:47 p.m., they immediately contacted Moraga Police Department and provided all the information that they had in hand. 
  • There was no specific threat to Saint Mary's College and out of an abundance of caution, Moraga P.D. and Public Safety did rounds of the buildings on campus.
  • At this time, Moraga P.D. will continue to investigate this report and there is no additional information.  Moraga P.D. did subsequently send out a Nixle alert.  
  • The safety of the campus community is of utmost importance and the College will continue to cooperate with Moraga P.D. in this investigation.

If you observe any suspicious behavior in or around the College, contact Public Safety immediately.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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 November 21, 1:58pm

The college has been made aware of a concerning social media post from an individual that displays a photo of a Saint Mary's College building and a separate photo of a firearm. The Moraga Police Department was immediately notified and is investigating the matter. There is no specific threat to the College. If you see any suspicious behavior in or around the school, please contact Public Safety immediately at 925-631-4282.

 

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November 20th PG&E Power Shut Off Cancelled

LiveSafe Alert 1:29 p.m. Nov. 19, 2019

Saint Mary's College of California has sent a broadcast message via the LiveSafe app:

Due to changing weather conditions, the previously scheduled power shut down for tomorrow November 20 is cancelled. We will continue to coordinate our efforts with other Public Safety agencies and utilities to provide information as it is received.

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Potential PG&E Power Shut Off - Wednesday, November 20th

LiveSafe Alert 1:57 p.m. Nov. 18, 2019

Saint Mary's College of California has sent a broadcast message via the LiveSafe app:

PG&E has notified the campus of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for Wednesday morning in response to weather conditions that are forecast in the East Bay between Wednesday 9:00 am to Thursday afternoon or evening. If there are no changes to the weather forecast, PG&E will begin de-energizing during this time frame. Once the weather event has passed, PG&E will inspect and re-energize the affected power lines. Times and locations of the Power Shutoff are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Please prepare for this potential power outage. Charge your mobile devices and check flashlights for charged batteries. If you observe unsafe conditions, please call Public Safety at 925-631-4282.

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East Bay MUD Water Outage: Nov. 1, 2019

Update #2  8:26 a.m. Nov. 2, 2019  — EBMUD Water Shutoff

Dear Campus Community,

This is an update to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) water shutoff. 

  • EBMUD reports water should be restored to the campus by 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
  • Please contact the Public Safety Gate (925-631-4282) if you observe unsafe conditions.
  • Please see the Public Safety Incident Management Alerts site for previous messages.

Thanks much for your patience,

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Update #1  11:29 p.m. Nov. 1, 2019  — EBMUD Water Shutoff 

Dear Campus Community,

Please be advised of the following update on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) water shutoff.

  • The EBMUD outage website indicates that restoration of water service is revised to 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.  Crews are making progress on repairs.
  • On campus, water service has been confirmed at this time for central campus (including Filippi Academic and Administration, Brother Jerome West, Ferroggiarro, Oliver Hall, Library, central campus residence halls, lower townhouses, Dante, Garaventa, Brousseau, Madigan, Sichel and Galileo).  
  • Water has been shut off at Canyon residences (not including Becket/More), McKeon Pavilion, Siena, Soda, and upper field area.
  • Dante and Ferroggiarro Hall restrooms remain available this evening for those impacted.  
  • Fire watch is being conducted in the Canyon area by Public Safety.
  • Given the current schedule for restoration, there is no impact on scheduled classes, weekend office/service hours and events.  

The Incident Management Team will be reviewing additional updates throughout the evening and will plan an update on Saturday morning approximately 8:30 am.

Thanks much,

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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8:11 p.m. Nov. 1, 2019  — EBMUD Water Shutoff 

Dear College Community,

Due to a situation in the Rheem area of Moraga, EBMUD will be shutting off water to parts of the SMC Campus now until approximately 11 p.m. tonight.  This is just an estimated time and could extend for 8 hours.  

  • For residential students with meal plans, it is not known whether Oliver Hall will be impacted.  General Manager Lorne Ellison will be extending the dinner service until 8:45 p.m. and cancelling Late Night since health code does not allow them to operate without potable water.  Please bring your "choose to reuse" trays if you have them and they will also be available at the check stand.
  • We expect that Central Campus (Dante, Galileo Brousseau, Garaventa, Residence Halls in Central Campus and Lower Town Houses) will not be impacted.  They will have toilets available if you are impacted in the Canyon area.
  • Classes and events scheduled for this evening are still on schedule.

We will update the campus when water is restored or if the time range of impact is extended beyond the 8 hour period.  I anticipate this to be around 11:30 p.m. tonight.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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LiveSafe Announcement  - 7:14 p.m. — EBMUD Water Shutoff

The East Bay Muniicipal Utility District (EBMUD) has advised Saint Mary's Public Safety that water will be shut off to the campus due to an incident off site. Water restoration is expected at 11 p.m.

Please take this opportunity to fill water bottles and other containers for drinking water. Be advised toilets may be compromised as well.

Please call Public Safety at 925-631-4282 if you observe any unsafe conditions.

 

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Power Outage: Sat. Oct. 26 through Mon. Oct. 28.

Update #6  7:14 p.m. - PG&E Power Outage and Air Quality

Dear Campus Community,

The following are updates on the PG&E power outage and expected wind event on Tuesday.

  • Power was restored on Saint Mary’s campus at approximately 5:26 p.m.
     
  • Another wind event is expected for the area on Tuesday, Oct. 29 that would last through Wednesday, Oct. 30. The College will continue to review information from PG&E about another possible power outage that is called for this area but may not impact the College or parts of Lafayette.  We will keep the campus informed as information comes in.
     
  • According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) air quality index, the air quality in the Moraga area is expected to improve tomorrow. The Incident Management Team will continue to monitor this index.
     
  • For those students who have a respiratory condition, N95 masks continue to be available at the Health and Wellness Center during normal business hours; for employees, they are available at the Facilities Service Desk.
     
  • Oliver Dining Hall will remain on generated power to ensure operation continuity, in the event of a second power shut off.
     
  • Until hot water is completely restored in the campus residence halls, the Joseph Alioto Recreation Center is available for hot showers for residential students and Rec Center users.  The Rec Center will be open during normal hours, but will continue to operate on generated power in the event of a second power shut off. Powered exercise equipment and the pool will not be available for use while on generated power.
     
  • The PG&E Community Resource Center in the Visitor Lot across from Filippi Administration Building will remain open during the power outage in the Lamorinda area between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Center has air-conditioned seating, water, Wi-Fi hot spot and charger stations.

Again, the IMT notes that there is another wind event being forecast for Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.  This may impact power again, and we will alert the community when PG&E provides additional information.

The College expresses its appreciation to all for their cooperation and patience during these challenging days that have impacted the campus, the Lamorinda community, and the North Bay as a result of the PG&E power shutdown.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

For more information on campus emergencies, please continue to refer to Saint Mary’s Public Safety IMT Updates webpage.

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Update #5  - PG&E Power Outage and Air Quality
11:00 a.m. Oct. 28, 2019 

Dear Campus Community,

  • The College remains open at this time and continues to review information from PG&E and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

  • The College has received no update from PG&E regarding the restoration of power.  As there is another less severe wind event expected on Tuesday, this may be informing their action.

  • The air quality for the Lamorinda area according to the BAAQMD air quality index map is in the orange.  The Incident Management Team continues to monitor this index.

  • For those students who have a respiratory condition, N95 masks are available at the Health and Wellness Center during normal business hours.  For employees, they are available at the Facilities Service Desk.

As mentioned above, there is another wind event that is being forecast for Tuesday.  This may impact power again but we continue to wait for word from PG&E.

Thank you as always,

Jane Camarillo

Incident Management Team

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Power Outage: Sat. Oct. 26 through Mon. Oct. 28.

Update #4  - PG&E Power Outage and Air Quality
10:23 p.m. Oct. 27, 2019 

Dear Campus Community,

This is the last campus update for the evening unless circumstances change significantly.

  • As the weather conditions are expected to improve by 8 a.m. Monday morning and the air quality forecast is in the orange range, the College will remain open for classes and modified service and business hours.
     
  • The evacuation order on areas of Lafayette were lifted as of 7:08 p.m. this evening.  The Fire Department reported that the spread of the fire was contained and they continued to work to completely extinguish the fire.
     
  • Oliver Dining Hall will remain operational with modified hours on generated power.  Just after 7 p.m. today, Oliver did close due to a maintenance issue with the generator, however this will be corrected in time for service tomorrow.
     
  • Additionally, commuter students can purchase meals at Oliver if they find that they have the need.  You can either use flex dollars or regular payment at the check stand.
     
  • The Joseph Alioto Recreation Center will be available for hot showers for residential students and Rec Center users beginning tomorrow morning.  Please check their site for specific time.  While they are on generated power, powered equipment and the pool will not be available for use.
     
  • The PG&E Community Resource Center in the Visitor Lot across from Filippi Administration Building will remain open during the power outage between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  They will have air conditioned seating, water, WiFi hot spot and charger stations.
     
  • For students with upper respiratory conditions who have not gotten their own N95 mask but would like to reduce their exposure to the air particulates, the Health and Wellness Center does have a limited supply of N95 masks available during regular office hours.  Employees who have upper respiratory conditions may also request a N95 mask at the Facilities Services Department Service Desk.

If there is a significant change in circumstances, we will issue an update when it occurs.  The next planned update will be on Monday at 11 a.m.

Jane Camarillo 
Incident Management Team

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Update #3  - PG&E Power Outage 
1:40 p.m. Oct. 27, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

This is an update on current condition during this wind event and the PG&E power outage.

  • The College anticipates it will be open on Monday with modifications on some hours of service or business due to the power outage. Classes are expected to continue unless otherwise indicated by individual faculty instructors due to reliance on powered equipment.
     
  • Dining for residential students remains operational in Oliver Hall with modified hours.  
     
  • Visit the Power Shutdown Impacts Some SMC Services page for updates on adjusted campus services.
     
  •  On Monday, the Joseph Alioto Recreation Center plans to be open for hot showers and device charging during modified hours of operation for the duration of the outage.
     
  • The PG&E Community Resource Center is open in the Visitor Lot across from Filippi Administration Building.  Water, snacks, coffee, wifi, and charging stations are available there.  The operational hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
     
  • The PG&E Community Resource Center is taking approximately 15 parking spaces in the Commuter lot.  Commuter students  should be aware that Public Safety will take this into account for enforcement of Commuter permits during this period.  Vehicles parked in handicapped spaces without appropriate placards, loading areas, red zones and fire lanes will be ticketed as usual.
     
  • At this time, the air quality on campus is good (likely due to winds) with the usual impact of debris from the wind.  Incident Management Team will continue to monitor it.

We remind all that the fires in the area and the wind event leave this a fluid situation.  While we anticipate that power restoration will begin on Monday morning, changes either in location of fires or the weather may delay it further.

We will plan a brief update this evening with any additional information to share.  As always, we appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Jane Camarillo 
Incident Mangement Team

p.s.  For earlier Incident Management  messages or active links to modified office/business hours, please go to the Public Safety website and click on IMT-Alerts.
 

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Update #2  - PG&E Power Outage 
6:24 p.m. Oct. 26, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

Two brief updates:

  • PG&E is beginning the set-up of the Community Resource Center for the Lamorinda area in the Visitor Lot next to Filippi Administration Building. The resource center will provide air-conditioned seating, portable restrooms, bottled water, and electronic device charging for the Lamorinda area and campus.  It will be operational during the power outage from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  When the power is fully restored to the impacted area, the resource center will close and be disassembled. 
     
  • During the power outage scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, we will send any updates through both email and LiveSafe. Please see the updated page "PG&E Power Shutdown Impacts Some SMC Services" for more details on modified services during the outage.

As always, thank you for your preparedness and cooperation during this period.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Update #1  - PG&E Power Outage 
5:51 p.m. Oct. 26, 2019

Dear SMC Campus Community,

I wanted to provide an update on the planned power outage (public safety power shutoff) for our area (Moraga, Lafayette, Orinda) impacting campus.

PG&E Power Outage

  • The College will remain open during this period of time given the expected duration and timing of the power outage.
     
  • PG&E has advised that the power shutoff has been moved up to Saturday at 1 p.m. through the wind event expected to end on Monday afternoon.  Power restoration may take days depending on the time it takes to inspect power lines.
     
  • Dining Services in Oliver Hall will remain operational with modified hours as a generator has been established as of this writing.   Cafe Louis and the Pub are closed while Oliver is on the generator.
     
  • When the power outage occurs, it will impact lighting for the buildings, hot water, wifi, and VOIP phones.  
     
  • There is a women's volleyball game and men's basketball game expected to be played as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday in McKeon Pavilion.
     
  • A generator is also being arranged for the Recreation Center for Monday to provide hot showers and charging stations.  There are also 3 charger tables in the Ferroggiaro Quad Patio.
     
  • As of 9 p.m. Friday evening, elevators in buildings will be pre-emptively closed for operation until the end of the power outage.  Staff are reaching out to students who use wheelchairs or have mobility differences and have classes above the first floor to confirm access to classes on Monday.  Employees are encouraged to contact supervisors if they also have a concern with the elevator outage.

Air Quality

  • It is anticipated that the air quality is going to be poor for sensitive groups (e.g. those with respiratory conditions) for the coming days as the fire in the North Bay is being contained.  As shared in the earlier email, there will be N95 masks available for those students with respiratory conditions at the Health and Wellness Center on Monday as well as for employees at the Facilities Services Service Desk.
     
  • The College will continue to monitor the air quality index and weather conditions throughout the weekend and evaluate whether the College remains open based on its impact even if power is restored.

Please take note that PG&E will be establishing a Community Resource Center in the Visitor Lot across from Filippi Administration Building as soon as Friday evening.  The resource center will provide air-conditioned seating, portable restrooms, bottled water, and electronic device charging for the Lamorinda area and campus.  It will be operational during the power outage from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  When the power is fully restored to the impacted area, the resource center will close and be disassembled. 

Thanks much for your preparedness for this event.
 

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Initial Announcement  - PG&E Power Outage 
9:46 a.m. October 25, 2019

Dear Saint Mary's Community Members,

Saint Mary's College has received notification of a PG&E planned power outage impacting the Lamorinda area, anticipated to begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, extending through Monday afternoon, Oct. 28.  The outage is in response to weather conditions for Sunday in our area (high gusty winds, low humidity, higher heat).

At this time, there is no plan to close the campus or cancel classes by the College.  As a reminder, the power outage will impact lighting, hot water, and wifi, as well as the College’s VOIP telephone system.  While we expect to have generated power for internet, wifi will not be available.  We will be able to update the College's website and social media channels with updates and information.

Due to fires in the North Bay, we also expect to have an impact on air quality in the Lamorinda area.  SMC’s Incident Management Team will be monitoring these conditions over the coming days using Air Quality Index (AQI) data from calibrated and reliable indicators.  Those who are sensitive to changes in air quality due to upper respiratory conditions are encouraged to reduce exposure and remain inside when possible.  Additionally, for students who do have asthma or other upper respiratory conditions, the Health and Wellness Center is open from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and has limited quantities of N95 masks if you need one.  For employees who have increased exposure and upper respiratory condition, the Facilities Services Service Desk will also have limited quantities of N95 masks.    

Please take time on Friday to prepare for the planned power outage (e.g.recharge your portable charger, replenish battery supply, check your flashlights, etc.) as well as check out the local hardware store for N95 masks in the event of poor air quality for an extended period of time.

We will share an updated communication before the end of the day on Friday. Thank you in advance for your preparation.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Power Outage Weds. Oct. 8 through Thurs. Oct. 9

Update #7 PG&E Power Outage 
5:04 p.m. Oct 10, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

We did receive an update from PG&E that the weather event has passed and the process of power restoration has begun.  The conservative estimate is that power would be restored by Friday afternoon however some neighborhoods in Moraga have already been restored.

Please be advised that when power is restored, personnel in Facilities Services and Public Safety will be inspecting and restoring services (e.g. relighting furnaces, opening elevators, checking fire safety alarms and equipment) for campus before we are fully functional.  They will work as quickly as is reasonable to address any problems that occur after power restoration.

We appreciate your continued patience.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Update #6 PG&E Power Outage 
11:37 a.m. Oct 10, 2019
 

Dear Campus Community,

We have received updates from PG&E that the power outage will continue for the duration of the Red Flag Warning (expected to end at 5 p.m. Thursday). If the weather conditions improve, PG&E will be able to begin restoration of power, which they are projecting could take 1 to 5 days.  These are conservative estimates but PG&E are required to inspect lines prior to restoring power to lines.

For campus, the following are some updates:

  • The College remains open with modifications on office hours and services provided.  Students should attend to individual communications from their instructors regarding their specific classes.
  • The dining facility, Oliver Hall, remains operational for the modified schedule at the following link.
  • For the duration of the power outage, Public Safety and residential staff will be doing fire watch throughout the campus buildings.
  • If the power outage extends to the weekend, a generator will be set up for the Joseph Alioto Recreation Center (JARC) to provide hot showers for the residential population.  Additionally, the Recreation Center will be able to provide charging stations.  While they will have power, the services at the Recreation Center will still be limited.  We anticipate that this will be available later this afternoon.  Check this link for service hour updates.
  • There are solar powered charging tables (N=3) in the Ferroggiaro Quad area.  You will recognize them by the solar umbrella's and plugs.

Below is a summary of the Merrill fire in Moraga.  We continue to encourage that community members sign up for Nixle alerts in this zip code as well as consider signing up for alerts from the Contra Costa Community Warning System.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Merrill FIre in Moraga

Saint Mary’s College public safety officials were informed early Thursday morning of a 60-acre grass fire that was burning near the Sanders Ranch home development in Moraga, approximately one mile south of the College. The Moraga Orinda Fire Department (MOFD) determined that the College was not at risk from the blaze, and reported that as of 5:20 a.m., the fire was under control.

It was further reported by the MFOD that the mild winds made it easier to fight and contain the fire. While residents of the development were forced to evacuate, Saint Mary’s students and staff were not impacted.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Moraga lost power as part of PG&E’s wildfire prevention outage. Saint Mary’s has taken action and is managing campus operations to support academic instruction, student services, dining services, and staff and administrative needs during the outage.

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Jane Camarillo, Ph.D.
Incident Management Team
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Update #5 PG&E Power Outage
11: 24 p.m. Oct 9, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

The power has been shut down on campus with no estimate for restoration. 

The College will remain open for classes and services with appropriate modifications.  There will be some exceptions so students should attend to communications from their instructors.

Oliver Hall will be operational as it will have generated power.

Students are asked to take precautions on campus given the darkness.  

Public Safety has extra patrols during the outage period and can be reached at 925.631.4282.

As we get additional information we will plan to communicate it out either through the website, social media or flyers on campus.

Thank you as always for your patience.
 

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Update #4 PG&E Planned Power Outage
8:50 p.m. |  Oct 9, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

The College received word from our PG&E representative that the planned PG&E power outage is pushed back to 10 p.m. this evening. 

I also wanted to share with you a few planning items that the Incident Management Team have discussed.

  • If PG&E does shut down power, it may take beyond Thursday afternoon for restoration to our area.  This has been discussed in multiple news reports.  The College will take action to assure that dining for the residential population continues throughout the days that extend beyond Thursday afternoon. 
  • We are also exploring options for charger stations particularly for the residential population over the weekend.  The broad impact of the power outage is affecting the availability of resources however we will continue to explore different options.
  • During the outage, we will be communicating any updates to the residential population through the residential staff.  For the broader community, we will have the ability to update the website (link here) and update the social media channels.  If you have a data plan on your cellular device, you should be able to access the College's website or if you live outside of the impacted area, you will be able to view any updates.

As a reminder, the College remains open with modifications in some office hours and services.  For those students who have courses in the next three days/evenings, please attend to communications from your faculty instructors.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Update #3 PG&E Planned Power Outage

1:08 p.m. Oct 9, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

Please be advised that the planned PG&E Power Outage has been pushed back to begin at 8 p.m. per Nixle Alert from Moraga P.D. (see below).

The modified office hours are likely still in place but please check this link for any updates.

Thanks for your continued patience,

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Wednesday October 9, 2019, 12:45 PM
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Advisory: Power Shutoff Delayed Until 8:00 p.m.

Dear Moraga Resident,

PG&E just notified us that the power shutoff is delayed until 8:00 p.m. due to weather conditions.  It is still anticipated to end on Thursday at noon.  The repowering process will start at that point, so power may not be restored immediately.

PG&E is constantly monitoring the weather situation.  Since the anticipated high winds have not occurred, they are delaying the Public Safety Power Shutoff.  

Moraga Police will continue to monitor the situation and send out new information as it is received.
Contact Information:
Jon King
Moraga Police
925-888-7049
king@moraga.ca.us

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Update #2 
9:48 p.m. Oct 8, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

This is a brief update to the 5:12 p.m. communication regarding the planned PG&E Power Outage. 

  • Moraga Police Department issued the update from PG&E regarding the time of the planned power outage (see below).  The power outage is now planned to begin at Noon on Wednesday and extend until Thursday afternoon.  As was previously indicated, this power outage is in response to adverse weather conditions for wildfire danger. The range and duration of the outage is subject to PG&E evaluation of those prevailing weather conditions.
  • Early reports by CalTrans of a shut-down of the Caldecott Tunnel have been revised.  PG&E and CalTrans are reporting   that the Tunnel will remain open as emergency power generators are being provided to the Caldecott Tunnel.   I would suggest that this situation remains fluid and would advise that commuters who take this route continue to monitor news report as well as identify alternate routes to the Tunnel route.  Two alternatives include the Canyon route and the Fish Ranch/Claremont route to avoid the Tunnel if necessary.

Thanks much,
Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Power Outage Weds. Oct. 8 through Thurs. Oct. 9

Update #1 
5:12 p.m. Oct 8, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

The following is an updated communication regarding the PG&E Planned Power Outage on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. to Thursday afternoon.

We recognize that the campus will experience some challenges given the outage, however, the College will strive to do everything it can so that the delivery of instruction can continue. 

Faculty are asked to seek alternative modes to conduct their classes. Staff should plan on continuing their work on mission critical business recognizing that there are some modifications that they will need to make given the lack of power. Students are encouraged to be vigilant as their residences in the impacted area will be dark, as will traffic lights be flashing red. During these times, it is "back to basics" for note-taking in class and completing assignments if students are able to do so.

For students, please note that your faculty are aware of and likely impacted by the outages affecting you. They will communicate directly with you regarding any modifications that they may be making during this time. 

As stated in the earlier email, we do not anticipate a campus closure; however, with a lack of power, lighting for buildings, heat for hot water, and air conditioning will be impacted. We have some additional information. 

  • SMC’s Internet Service Provider is Comcast, and they are located within the impacted outage area. If Comcast loses power, the campus will be without Internet service.
  • With the power outage, VOIP phones will not be operational; however, voicemail will.
  • Public Safety will be on high alert to ensure the safety of our SMC community. Staffing has been increased to add to campus patrols from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.
  • For an update on modified operational hours for campus offices and services, follow this link.  
  • The College is not cancelling classes; however, please refer to communications from your instructors in the event that they change the class location or provide an alternative to instruction for your class period. 
  • SMCs social media channels and the College website will be updated during this period and accessible through your cellular data plan.

Please be reminded that the power outage may last up to 36 hours. The College’s Incident Management Team will continue to monitor conditions and provide updates to the community.

Again, thank you for your patience during this period,

Jane Camarillo
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Jane Camarillo, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Life
Saint Mary’s College of California
925-631-4235
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Power Outage Weds. Oct. 8 through Thurs. Oct. 9

10:26 p.m. Oct. 7, 2019

Dear Campus Colleagues,

There is a planned PG&E power outage scheduled for Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. until Thursday afternoon.  This planned power outage is reported to impact Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette (see Nixle notice below).  It is the PG&E response to the weather forecast for the East Bay.  Though winds are anticipated to be high, temperatures for our area are not.

We do not anticipate a campus closure however there will be an impact without power on lighting for buildings, heat for hot water, and air conditioning.  The College's internet should remain up though wifi will likely not be available.  The Schools are encouraged to consider alternative means for delivering instruction for those courses dependent on electricity, particularly our evening courses.  Offices are encouraged to remain open though availability of full services may be altered for Wednesday through Thursday morning.

The College will be assuring that dining will be available though menus may be modified and the Incident Management Team will continue to monitor the circumstances during the day on Wednesday.

There are some relevant personal preparation tips in the notice below; please use the next 24 hours to prepare to be without power per the PG&E notice regarding planned power outage.

Thanks in advance for your patience during this period,

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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Update: Anticipation of Future Power Outages

6:11 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Dear Campus Colleagues,

The main Saint Mary's campus experienced a PG&E power outage at approximately 2:45 p.m. today which lasted for approximately 45 minutes.  It appears that the Rheem campus did maintain power for the duration of the outage. 

The California Independent Systems Operator (ISO) has called for a Flex Alert between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight meaning that our area is asked to reduce and conserve power to avoid overloading the power grid.  If we exceed the capacity, there may be another power outage this evening.  Where possible for business, classes or events, please prepare for a possible outage.


PREPARING FOR FUTURE INCIDENTS

We anticipate that for the upcoming weeks and months of summer,  we will likely experience additional power outages.  We have seen that the average outage due to high heat and high energy demand could range between 2 to 8 hours.  Alternatively, if we have an threat due to anticipated or actual fire danger in the area, PG&E could preventatively shut down power for a longer period of time.

To prepare for the likely power outages this summer, the Incident Management Team wanted to share this protocol that we would likely follow.

  • If we have a power outage due to high temperatures and high energy demand and that is anticipated to last at most between 6 to 8 hours, we will communicate that information to the campus community and share the anticipated duration.  
  • Depending on the time of day and heat, supervisors and managers would be asked to use their discretion as to whether to release non-essential staff while maintaining mission critical functions and remaining open for reduced business.  
  • Additionally, academic leadership would be asked to use their discretion to initiate alternate means to deliver classes if their classroom circumstances warrant it (given the loss of power, limited use of technology, or high heat).  
  • We will also, through partnership with Sodexo, set-up a cooling station in Dryden Hall with cold water available.  
  • Please be reminded that when there is a power loss in your building, VOIP phones (those formerly known as landlines on your desk and/or currently operated through your computer) will not be operating although they will be accepting voicemail.  [Emergency phones in elevators should remain operational.]  Please discuss with your colleagues how you will plan to make contact with them to confirm status of the office during the outage or status of classes and events during the outage.  This could include establishing a phone tree or a cell phone contact list.
  • The Incident Management Team will be sending out Live Safe alerts as we get credible information or direction on available resources for the campus during a fixed-time power outage.
  • For outages that are expected to run for a longer period of time beyond a high demand or high heat period (i.e. pre-emptive outage during a local fire event) and in excess of a 6 to 8 hour period, we will initiate actions to provide temporary power in key locations (e.g. Alioto Recreation Center) to provide extended support for residential community members or alternate work locations for mission critical functions.  Depending on the anticipated duration, we will further consider office closure or class alternatives or cancellation.  
  • To personally prepare for any level of power loss or major incident, please take time now to prepare your personal support or "Bug Out Bag" that includes essential resources for your personal use.

We ask that all managers, supervisors, academic leadership work through a plan now to continue to provide mission critical services  during anticipated power outages.  Please discuss with your Vice President or Vice Provost your business continuity plans and don't hesitate to let me or the Incident Management Team know how we might be of assistance. 

Jane Camarillo, Ph.D.
Incident Management Team
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Vice Provost for Student Life
Saint Mary’s College of California
925-631-4235
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Update: Moraga Power Outage

4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dear Saint Mary's Community, 
At approximately 2:30 p.m., the campus experienced a power outage that impacted the Moraga area.  We are not aware of the specific cause but PG&E has restored power on campus.  You may still find some areas of outage of campus WIFI, internet, and landlines while our IT Services works to restore them all.  

This power outage will hopefully serve as a reminder to prepare your BOB (Bug Out Bag) with flashlights and solar chargers as well as water and snacks that could last the duration of a longer outage.  

Thank you for your patience during this power outage and thanks to our services like Public Safety, Facilities Services and IT Services and others who worked throughout to address areas of concern.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team
Saint Mary's College of California
jc11@stmarys-ca.edu
925-631-4235

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Update 4: Air Quality Alert: Campus Update regarding Classes & Offices

Nov. 18, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Dear Saint Mary's Community,

This is an update primarily concerning graduate and professional students. We are continuing to monitor the conditions of the air quality on the campus and the forecast for AQI remains in the unhealthy red category for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Nov.20, with a storm front arriving on Wednesday, Nov.21 expected to result in clearer air quality. 

Graduate and professional students are encouraged to refer to a communication from the dean of their school regarding the status of classes for Monday and Tuesday. Depending on your program, they will be seeking alternatives to in-person meetings where possible or cancellation to accommodate the concern for environmental conditions on campus. Again, please refer to the email from your school dean.

Campus offices will be open and operating on their regular schedule next week, November 19 to 21 and are closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Again, supervisors are encouraged to reduce outdoor activity where possible for their employees, and provide protective gear (N95 masks) when employees are required to be outdoors. Additionally, supervisors are asked to work with individual employees whose specific circumstances would be appropriate for a temporary modification of workplace. Please contact your HR liaison for questions and information. 

Please refer to the Athletics website for updates on competitions scheduled or cancelled for this week. Oliver Hall will offer its regular operational hours until Wednesday. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Oliver Hall will be closed after breakfast on Wednesday and re-open with dinner on Sunday, November 25.  

Thank you, 

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

 

Update 3: Air Quality Alert: Campus Update regarding Classes & Offices

Nov. 16, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Dear Saint Mary's Faculty and Staff,

As we continue to track weather and AQI projections for the coming days, indicators are not optimistic for improvement for Monday and Tuesday. Slight improvement is projected for Saturday; however, meteorologists are predicting a change of wind direction on Sunday, hence bringing smoke back into our area. The weather forecast for Wednesday and Thursday predicts rain and cleaner air. Given the concern for continued unhealthy air, the College is canceling undergraduate classes on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. Classes will resume their normal schedule on Monday, November 26. 
 
Of special note: Graduate classes will remain on their regular schedule for this weekend and next week. As stated earlier, it is projected that the AQI for Saturday will be improved. Graduate courses realize a significant impact when one class is missed since some courses meet only once a week. Several graduate students have questioned why undergraduate classes are not meeting while graduate classes continue. Undergraduates are on campus typically four to five days a week for class, and 1600 of those undergraduates live and eat on campus. The exposure to adverse air conditions on this campus is greater for undergraduates as compared to graduate students. We value and are deeply committed to the health and well-being of our undergraduate and graduate students, and are working to balance the costs and benefits to both with this action.

Campus offices will be open and operating on their regular schedule next week, November 19 to 21 and closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday.  For this weekend, the Alioto Recreation Center and Saint Albert Library will maintain their usual schedule.  Please refer to the Athletics site for updates on competitions scheduled or cancelled for this weekend.  Oliver Hall will have its regular operational hours until Wednesday.  For the Thanksgiving holiday, Oliver Hall will be closed after breakfast on Wednesday and re-open with dinner on Sunday, November 25. 

Supervisors are encouraged to reduce outdoor activity where possible for their employees, and provide gear (N95 masks) when employees are required to be outdoors. Additionally, supervisors are asked to work with individual employees whose specific circumstances would be appropriate for a temporary modification of workplace. Please contact your HR liaison for questions and information.

For faculty teaching graduate courses, we encourage when possible alternative contact including synchronous or asynchronous online contact, makeup days during finals week, or other alternatives that will best fit your course as you deem appropriate.

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Update 2: Air Quality Alert: Campus Update regarding Classes & Offices

Nov. 15, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Dear Saint Mary's Community:

This is an update on the status of our campus closure as of 8 p.m. Air quality projections remain the same for Friday. Campus offices will remain closed until Monday, Nov. 19, and undergraduate classes will be cancelled for Friday. 

Graduate classes for Friday and Saturday will meet as scheduled since the air quality is expected to improve over the weekend. However, faculty instructors for Friday/Saturday graduate classes can decide to cancel individual classes using their standard protocol for communicating with students.

The Alioto Recreation Center will remain open during regular hours as will Dining Services, Public Safety, and Health and Wellness. After hours, the Health and Wellness Center will have the Advice Nurse available by phone (925-631-4254).

The Saint Albert Library Service Desk will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Reference staff will be available online from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library will resume its regular weekend hours on Saturday.

For students, please remember to review the absence policy for your classes. Many have expressed the desire to leave campus early for the Thanksgiving holiday, so it's important to know if your attendance will be impacted. For students experiencing health impacts, we urge you to take advantage of this absence policy and to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for academic resources if you can provide necessary documentation of your illness. Even if you do not have a chronic illness but have a temporary disability due to the adverse air quality, SDS may be able to assist you if you can provide the relevant documentation.

Saint Mary’s employees will not be expected to use vacation or sick leave for the closure of offices tomorrow. Additionally, supervisors should communicate with student workers so they are aware of office closures at the College.

Campus offices and classes will resume a regular schedule on Monday, November 19. We will continue to monitor the air quality and weather conditions throughout the weekend for any significant changes.

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Air Quality Alert: Campus Update regarding Classes and Offices

Nov. 15, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Dear SMC Community,

Due to poor air quality conditions today, Saint Mary’s College of California is cancelling classes and outdoor activities for the remainder of Thursday Nov. 15, effective at 1:15 p.m.  The Incident Management Team (IMT) has been tracking the air quality index, and today’s index is in the red zone, categorized as unhealthy and is projected to worsen as the day unfolds.  

Air quality conditions will be monitored and IMT will send out an update for Friday’s status for the campus at 11 p.m. on Thursday evening.

College Offices will also be closed with the exception of critical student services which will have normal business hours (Health and Wellness Center, Public Safety, Dining Services/Cafe Louis). The Library will be open until 7 p.m.  The Reference Desk staff will be available in person 5 p.m. and then remotely until 9 p.m. Please see the Library website for more information.

Supervisors of critical services please be mindful of postponing outdoor activity until the air quality improves.  Additionally, employees will not be required to use vacation/sick leave for this day.  

Students are encouraged to remain inside with doors and windows closed. If you must go outside, community members are advised to use protective N95 masks, which are available for students at the Health and Wellness Center, and for faculty and staff at the Facilities Services Building, Warehouse 6 (behind the Power Plant).  

The next update is planned for 11 p.m. this evening regarding the status of classes and campus for Friday.