After Irene: Resources Available on Campus for Those Still Without Power

To:       Off-Campus Students
From: John Saddlemire, vice president for student affairs
& Jim Hintz, director of off-campus student services
Re:      Available resources and advice for students without power

Although power is gradually being restored throughout Mansfield, here is a list of some resources available to students – and UConn employees – who still do not have power in their off-campus residence.

Showers
Students, faculty, and staff can shower in the Hawley Armory or in the Field House during the week and over the weekend. Monday through Friday, showers are available in Gampel Pavilion: there are two general locker rooms in Gampel on the lower level – Room 109 is for men and Room 103 is for women. Each has multiple showers. The building is unlocked Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students looking to access the locker rooms should enter via the Natatorium Lobby entrance (located to the left of the Husky Dog statue), then take the large stairwell on the left down to the lower level of Gampel. The women’s locker room is on the left and the men’s is on the right. Please bring your own towels, soap, etc.

Food
UConn is working with the Town of Mansfield to support their efforts on behalf of town residents still affected by the loss of power. Food will be available at the Mansfield Community Center or E.O. Smith High School through the weekend. UConn is contributing enough food to feed roughly 200 people per meal.

The Weekend
Because power may continue to be out in areas of Mansfield through the weekend, the University is advising students who live off campus and do not have power to either return home for the long weekend or arrange to stay with friends who do have power. If this is not possible, students should be aware that UConn’s dining halls on campus will remain open through the weekend.

Undergraduate students can contact the Office of Student Services and Advocacy if they are in need of an emergency loan (STELF Loan) at 860-486-3426. Graduate students can contact the Graduate Student Senate by visiting http://www.gss.uconn.edu/elf.php or stop by the GSS office in the Student Union, Room 213.

Additional Resources
Charging Stations & Wi-Fi
Residents of Mansfield also can log on to the town’s free wireless Internet Wi-Fi system located in the Community Center (you can bring your own laptop or use one of the public access computers).

Cell phone and electronic charging stations can be found in the Student Union and across campus. Please do not leave electronic devices unattended while charging. Most UConn buildings are also equipped with free Wi-Fi.

Potable Water
The Town of Mansfield has set up two potable water stations for residents to fill their containers:

  • Outside the Town Hall (on the Route 275 side of the building)
  • Outside the front of the Mansfield Community Center

Please bring your own containers for water.

Continue to check with CL&P for outage information or text OUTAGE (space) Zip Code (example: OUTAGE 06268) to 24612 for more information. Individuals in need of other support services also may contact the American Red Cross or call 211. Please feel free to contact UConn’s Off-Campus Student Services Staff at www.offcampus.uconn.edu or 860-486-3426.