In February 2021, Texas was hit by a major snowstorm. In the event of inclement weather, Dallas College has protocols in place to decide to cancel classes and close campuses.
Sharon Davis, Director of Business Continuity at Dallas College, is responsible for ensuring Dallas College is prepared for, responds to, and recovers from a business disruption, including ensuring that appropriate communication protocols are in place. in place in inclement weather.
“Since the transition from DCCCD to a single Dallas College, these processes are routinely managed college-wide for all campuses,” said Linda Braddy, Brookhaven Campus President.
On a morning with snow or ice, protocol requires officers on duty to report weather conditions to the police chief by 4 a.m., Davis said. The police chief then forwards the information to the leaders of Dallas College who will set up a conference call at 4:30 am.
The closures or delayed openings will only happen for the affected campuses, Davis said. In previous years, it was an all-or-nothing approach. The decision was made based on the looming weather conditions along with police feedback, the condition of the facilities, and what the independent school district partners plan to do.
In the event that multiple locations are affected, it is likely that a decision will be made for all Dallas College campuses, Davis said. When possible, decisions are made the day before.
Dallas College monitors weather conditions continuously with the National Weather Service. “We make sure to be aware of impending weather conditions that could affect our ability to deliver educational offerings and respond in the best interests of our students and employees,” said Davis.
In the event of a closing or delayed opening, students can learn about the condition of their campus by checking local media, official college social networks, the Dallas College home page, or signing up for alerts. at dallascollege.edu.
Regarding the power outages caused by winter storm Uri, a meeting was held in mid-November to discuss alternative means of communication for the Dallas College leadership in the event of a power outage and to better prepare for the unexpected, Davis said.
The Farmers Almanac, which predicted the winter storm of 2021, released a forecast in August predicting freezing temperatures and another winter storm that would hit Texas in late January 2022.
According to federal forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, above-average temperatures are expected in the south this winter.