SAFETY AND SECURITY
INCLEMENT WEATHER EMERGENCIES
An inclement weather event may require the University to suspend some or all operations at a research and extension center (REC) or unit (REU), or at a WSU Extension county office. (See also 50.40 for University-wide procedures regarding suspended operations.)
This section provides an overview of the procedures regarding evaluation of and response to inclement weather situations that affect WSU Extension county offices and research and extention centers.
Weather Emergency Condition Levels
A research and extension center (REC) or unit (REU) director who has received delegated authority from the President may declare one of the following condition levels when a weather emergency affecting the REC or REU is imminent or active.
The President has delegated authority to the WSU Extension Director or designee to declare one of the following condition levels when a weather emergency affecting a county extension office is imminent or active.
Condition Levels Green Classes, nonessential services, and essential services are all operational. Yellow Class operations are delayed two hours or cancelled. Nonessential services are reduced at the discretion of unit heads. Essential services are operational. Red Campus is closed. Nonessential services are suspended. Essential services function with minimal levels of staffing.
The applicable REC/REU director or the WSU Extension Director or designee is to exercise discretion in determining essential services and essential minimal staffing levels in accordance with 60.40 and applicable leave policies.
Additional guidelines related to inclement weather and suspended operations are available from the Human Resource Services (HRS) website at:
When an REC, REU, or WSU Extension county office is at the yellow or red condition level, the presumption is that the unit will return to the green condition level on the following day unless the REC/REU director or the WSU Extension Director or designee decides otherwise.
Students, volunteers, and employees should check with the REC, REU, or county extension main office for the latest condition level information. For contact information, see the Extension Locations website at:
Assessment and Recommendation
In case of inclement weather affecting an REC or REU, the director assesses weather warnings and make recommendations for temporary changes to University operations.
In case of inclement weather affecting a county extension office, the county extension director and the WSU Extension director or designee assess weather warnings and make recommendations for temporary changes to University operations.
The goal is to have information about delays or closures made public as soon as possible on the day of reported inclement weather.
The REC/REU director notifies the CAHNRS Dean's Office, the Extension Director's office, and if possible the Agricultural Research Center of the situation and decision. See 50.40.
Each REC, REU, county extension main office, or the WSU Extension administration office:
- Shares suspended operations or delay information and updates personnel by telephone tree;
- Manages internal and external communications;
- Notifies television and radio stations, external newspapers, and other media o utlets as appropriate; and
- Releases other emergency communications deemed appropriate under the circumstances, including the use of the Emergency Notification System (also referred to as the WSU CougAlert System; see 50.40).
The REC/REU director ensures that all areas of the REC/REU are secured (e.g., laboratories, chemical storage sheds).
Office and Unit Responsibilities
All WSU Extension offices and other operating units must develop Emergency Response Plans and Continuance of Operations Plans, in accordance with Executive Policy EP25 and BPPM 50.39. In addition to other Emergency Response and Continuity of Operations responsibilities, the purpose of these plans is to:
- Prepare for weather emergencies;
- Ensure that faculty, staff, and students are informed of the closure of offices within the area;
- Ensure that faculty, staff, and students are informed of the postponement of special events or activities; and
- Reinforce the communication of any decisions reached by the REC/REU director or the WSU Extension Director or designee.
The procedures above are not intended to cover all possible eventualities. The University administration assumes that the decision-making and relevant communications will be adapted, as appropriate, to suit the circumstances. The University administration does not assume that all individuals who may be coming to or are at the REC, REU, or county extension office can be notified of a weather emergency or the designated condition level.