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    UO Alert!: Test 04/07/14

    April 7th, 2014

    04/07/14   UOAlert! This is a test of the UOAlert! system. This is a test.

    Want to know more about what you can do to prepare for an emergency or how the UO prepares for emergencies? Visit UO Emergency Management and Continuity online: emc.uoregon.edu or connect on Facebook: www.facebook.com/UOEMC.


    April 4 Traffic Advisory from City of Eugene impacts near campus area

    April 4th, 2014

    The City of Eugene has issued the following traffic advisory near the University of Oregon campus:

    Traffic Advisory
    April 4, 2014
    For further information, contact:
    Melinda McLaughlin, APR, Public Information Director, 541.968.0497
    Laura Hanmond, 541.682.6231

    TRAFFIC ADVISORY
    Avoid Broadway/Hilyard Area – City Working to Clear Illegal Trespassers

    Travelers are asked to avoid the Broadway/Hilyard area for the next several hours as the City helps a group of people who have been trespassing since September 2013 to vacate the premises and remove their belongings.  In the interest of increased safety of the public and City workers, traffic flow is restricted at several nearby intersections including:

    ·        All westbound traffic on from Franklin Blvd/Broadway Avenue to Hilyard Street is restricted to one lane only due to the temporary road closure. Travelers are recommended to divert westbound onto 11th Avenue at the intersection of Franklin Blvd. / 11th Avenue. An electronic reader board is in place near this intersection to provide early warning.

    ·        Eastbound traffic on Broadway will not be allowed to turn left (northbound) onto Hilyard Street.

    ·        Northbound traffic between 11th Avenue and Broadway will only be allowed to turn east or west. No through traffic will be allowed due to the temporary road closure.

    ·        No eastbound traffic will be allowed at 8th Avenue / Hilyard Street

    The site at the corner of Hilyard and Broadway is not open for public use. The City Council directed that the site be closed no later than April 15 and that clearing and clean-up of the area begin no earlier than April 1.

    The site was first occupied illegally in September 2013. The site was posted as not open to the public and people on the site at that time who refused to leave were warned that they would be subject to prohibited camping citations. After written and verbal warnings, more than 20 citations for Prohibited Camping were issued in September to people refusing to leave the site.

    In January 2014, additional written notices and verbal warnings were issued and signs marking the area “No trespassing” were installed. People remaining at the site are and have been subject to criminal trespass charges, a jailable offense.

    The City-posted signs at the site were torn down by unidentified individuals. Subsequently, permission was granted by an adjacent business to install metal signage facing the site, and more signs were purchased and installed. Those signs were also torn down.

    Also in January, the City provided dumpsters at the site so people there could begin to clean out trash and leave with their belongings. Since that time, staff has checked the dumpsters daily and they have been serviced at least once a week or more as needed. A fence was added at that time to contain expansion and make the site’s closure obvious.

    Last week, on March 27, the City re-posted notices that the property is not open to the public and that the clearing and clean-up of the area would begin after April 1.

    Since this site was first occupied, a police liaison has continued to meet on a regular basis with the group’s representatives. CAHOOTS and other social services have been checking in frequently with trespassers in coordination with City staff.  Providing access to human services and a peaceful resolution have been the central aim of these planning measures.

    Conditions in and around site
    An analysis of conditions in and around the camp found that since the camp was first established, quality of life crimes and calls for police service increased in the area.  These calls included complaints about open fires and loud disputes inside the camp, syringes found in the area, injured subjects, robbery, theft, assaults, disputes between campers and passers-by, and damage to neighboring businesses and properties. Calls about traffic hazards and crashes near the site also increased. Area businesses reported a decrease in both patron business and income, and an increase in quality of life crimes or anti-social behavior.

    In contrast, the community-managed rest stop sites and Opportunity Village provide legal and safer places for people to be. These legal camping sites are managed by community organizations that provide essential services and oversight. They also have clear rules that help ensure the health and safety of people at the site as well as reduce its impact on its neighbors.

    City goals and next steps
    The City’s goal has been for people to leave the site voluntarily and to get connected with the services they need to find safe and legal shelter. The City has and continues to coordinate with a number of local social service agencies to help people transition from the camp.  Examples include the opening of two rest stops at 1) Garfield and Roosevelt, and 2) Northwest Expressway and Chambers. These are being managed by Community Supported Shelters.

    Volunteer sponsors have stepped forward to manage a third rest stop site proposed near Leo Harris Drive. The City hopes to sign an agreement with the site managers/sponsors in the next couple days.

    Including the two open rest stops and Opportunity Village, more than 60 legal camping options have been created over the past year. The third site will add legal camping sites for up to 15 more people.

    The Eugene Mission and the expanded car camping program managed by St. Vincent DePaul are also available to campers in addition to other social service venues on a case-by case basis.

    While these efforts cannot solve the challenge of homelessness in our community, they are a concerted effort to help vulnerable individuals through hard times, and to provide an alternative to illegal behavior.

    The City Council and staff continue to try to balance the needs and views of all parts of our diverse community, to find options for vulnerable people while also addressing health and safety concerns of the entire community.

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    Tree clean-up efforts, information from City of Eugene

    February 11th, 2014

    February 11, 2014 @ 3:47 pm
    The University of Oregon continues to clean up from the recent snow and ice storm and campus trees are still vulnerable to further damage.  Several areas have debris piles or tree limb hazards and should be avoided. Click here for a map of these locations.

    As members of the greater community, the UO is sharing information from the City of Eugene regarding its efforts (details below) and an updated weather forecast for tonight.

    As communicated by the City of Eugene, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for tonight starting at 10 p.m. Use caution around trees damaged by Saturday’s ice storm.  Stay well clear of trees that may leaning or that have loose hanging limbs.

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    2/11/2014 11:01 AM

    CONTACT:        John Clark, Incident Commander

    From Public Information Section

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Tree Debris Clean-up Continues Throughout Eugene

    Public Works is continuing to clear trees and limbs from streets and sidewalks. Crews have cleared a number of locations on major thoroughfares, but wiring tangled in some trees has limited crews’ ability to respond to some locations for safety reasons.

    Operations has split the city into seventeen sectors in which crews are focused primarily on clearing any blockages. Efforts will transition to cleaning up the debris left by damaged trees.  In addition, Public Works had assessment teams out in the field reporting and prioritizing hazards.

    Plowing efforts have been successful clearing priority routes. Streets that had been blocked will be plowed as needed today. The plowing equipment will transition to debris hauling equipment to support the tree crews.

    Stormwater operations are continuing to keep catch basins and curb inlets open for the melting snow. Localized flooding from melted snow and ice has not been an issue thanks to the mitigation efforts of Public Works staff. The potential of flooding will remain as weather forecasts predicted rainfall for the next several days.

    Many sidewalks are covered with slush or even snow and ice in higher elevations. Property owners are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks passable next to their homes or businesses and bear the liability if someone slips or falls on a poorly maintained sidewalk.

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for tonight starting at 10 pm. Use caution around trees damaged by Saturday’s ice storm.  Say well clear of trees that may leaning or that have loose hanging limbs.

    To report a blocked street, hazardous trees or street flooding in Eugene, call 541-682-4800. For power outages in Eugene, call EWEB at 541-484-2300. Public Works cannot respond to trees on private property. Property owners are advised to contact commercial tree services for assistance in dealing with trees on private property.

    For updates on Public Works storm operations, go to www.eugene-or.gov/snow.

    Airport travelers are advised to check flight schedules. Up-to-date flight information is at www.flyEUG.com. For information about the status of other City services, go to www.eugene-or.gov.
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    AT&T cell site maintenance

    February 11th, 2014

    AT&T Mobility is undertaking a major upgrade of their cell site at Hayward Field this month.  This facility/tower serves much of the campus area.

    Starting today (2/11) or tomorrow (2/12), they will be bringing the site completely down to install new equipment and antennas that will double its capacity. Their crew will be working 12 hour days at the Hayward site for the next few weeks and expect to have it back on line by March 1st.  During this time, it’s possible AT&T customers on campus may experience some degradation in service given the central location of this tower.  Service degradation could include reduced ability to make/receive phone calls or ability to use cellular data in locations on campus currently covered.

    For privately owned/managed plans, AT&T has several retail locations in the vicinity, you can use the search page here to locate a store near you: http://www.att.com/maps/store-locator.html#fbid=Kfb_QflYsN   Or contact AT& T online at http://www.att.com

    If you need help or support with a UO managed cellphone device or plan handled through UO NTS, please contact  at NTS@ithelp.uoregon.edu or by phone at 541-346-NETS (6-6387).


    Campus Debris and Hazard Map

    February 11th, 2014

    As campus continues to recover from the snow and ice storm, everyone’s cooperation to maintain safety on campus is appreciated.

    Several areas still have debris piles or tree limb hazards. Please avoid the areas as indicated on this map.

    Campus Operations crews and arborists have been working around the clock to remove the debris and address safety hazards. In addition to debris clean-up, arborists are evaluating unseen vulnerabilities that can continue to be dangerous after the snow and ice melt. Please do not remove caution tape around the debris and tree hazard  areas.


    All classes and events occurring today; hazards continue

    February 10th, 2014

    UOAlert!: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 9 a.m.

    All classes and events occurring today; hazards continue

    As students, faculty and staff arrive on campus, they will find dozens of downed tree limbs and approximately 60 university employees working to remove the debris and address safety hazards.  In addition to debris clean-up, arborists are evaluating unseen vulnerabilities that can continue to be dangerous after the snow and ice melt.

    Please DO NOT REMOVE caution tape and AVOID the areas blocked off as indicated on this map.

    Campus Operations crews have been working long hours around the clock during the storm and everyone’s cooperation to maintain safety is appreciated.

    As melting occurs, please walk carefully and avoid walking next to buildings that may have falling snow and ice from the roof.


    Campus preparing to operate normally Monday; hazards continue

    February 9th, 2014

    UOAlert!: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, 4 p.m.

    Campus preparing to operate normally Monday; hazards continue

    Snow and ice have impacted approximately 100 trees on the University of Oregon campus.  Falling tree limbs can be very dangerous and unseen vulnerabilities must be evaluated by experienced arborists.  Currently, crews are using caution tape in areas that are of the highest concern.  Please DO NOT REMOVE caution tape and AVOID the areas blocked off.

    Campus Operations crews have been working long hours around the clock during the storm and everyone’s cooperation to maintain safety is appreciated.

    As melting occurs, please also avoid walking next to buildings that may have falling snow and ice from the roof.

    To view a UO webcam, visit http://webcam.uoregon.edu


    Sunday classes and events canceled until noon

    February 9th, 2014

    UO Alert!: Sunday, Feb, 9, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

    Sunday classes and events canceled until noon

    Winter weather continues to make for dangerous conditions on campus and throughout the Eugene Springfield area.  Please use extreme caution when outdoors and there are several downed trees and power lines in the greater campus community. Avoid walking under or near trees or downed power lines.  There are dozens of downed tree limbs on campus due to icy conditions, and Campus Operations continues to work to improve the areas impacted most.

    As heavy snow and ice begin to melt, there is increased risk from roof slides; therefore, avoid walking immediately adjacent to buildings.

    Ice Storm Facts:
    •    – Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times.
    •    – A 1/2″ accumulation on power lines can add 500 pounds of extra weight.

    Visit http://webcam.uoregon.edu for a view of current conditions.


    Sunday classes and events canceled until noon

    February 8th, 2014

    UOAlert!: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 7 p.m.

    Sunday morning classes and events canceled

    The University of Oregon has canceled classes and events for Sunday morning, Feb. 9.

    While campus is typically less active on weekends, it is home for 4,000 students and employees are responsible for supporting a world class research enterprise.

    For students on campus, there are facilities and activities open including:
    -    Housing Dining Venues are open normal weekend hours
    -    EMU – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    -    University Health Center  – Closed
    -    Student Recreation Center  – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

    For students and others on campus, please use extreme caution and avoid walking under or near trees as there are dozens of downed tree limbs due to icy conditions.

    The UO’s Eugene campus remains operational and employees are expected to report to regular duties to support campus activities beyond canceled classes and events.

    It is understood that not everyone will be able to travel to campus due to the continuing inclement weather. Members of the campus community are expected to use their best judgment in assessing the risk of coming to campus and returning home, based on individual circumstances. Those who believe that the road conditions from their homes are dangerous are urged and even expected to remain home.


    Extremely Hazardous Conditions

    February 8th, 2014

    UOAlert:

    Extremely dangerous conditions continue on campus and throughout the Eugene community due to ice accumulation on trees and power lines. Avoid outdoor travel if possible. If traveling is necessary, please use extreme caution and avoid walking under or near trees.

    Ice Storm Facts: