Message from Administration about hurricane preparation

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    ALCON,

    In addition to Mary Jane’s email (provided below), we are also providing you with the instructions being provided to your midshipmen. We strongly encourage you to watch www.usmma.edu for regular updates on the Academy’s status and you are welcome to join the Amerilert system (information also located below).

    The Academy’s number one priority is the safety and welfare of every midshipman and every action taken by the Academy is done with this priority in mind.

    Please keep in mind that the Academy is expecting to lose primary power and internet abilities during the storm so contacting the school will be highly difficult. As our website and Amerilert are secured off campus, please refer to these regularly.

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    Catherine DeCoursey
    Parents Program Coordinator
    USMMA
    Wiley Hall
    Kings Point, NY 11024
    516-726-6048
    decourseyc@usmma.edu

    To All USMMA Parents, Parent Association Officers and Friends:

    PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION! THANK YOU.

    Admiral Phil Greene was kind enough to call tonight and give the USMMA National Parents Association advanced information regarding preparations for the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene, expected to pass directly over Kings Point sometime Sunday, causing a large storm surge, damaging winds and substantial rainfall. Admiral Greene has been in touch with all the emergency management agencies and it was agreed that the Academy would prepare for the worst case scenario and hope for the best case scenario. In line with those plans, the regiment will be given special liberty for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, August 26-30, so that midshipmen who wished to leave campus and ride out the storm at home with their families, or those who wished to move further inland out of the path of the storm, could make arrangements to do so. Midshipmen who live far away or who do not wish to leave campus, will be fully protected within the Academy grounds. Food and water shipments are already in place, generators are available and ready, all ships have been moved up the Hudson River to West Point, and all aspects of emergency preparation have already been put into place. Faculty and staff have been notified and the regiment is being advised of the situation tonight. Admiral Greene expects power supplies to be cut off for some period of time and internet and phone systems to be out following the storm. For that reason, he wanted parents to know their mids who remain on campus will be fully secured and safe, but probably unable to contact parents until power and services are restored.

    Also note that we are assuming all storm damage will be cleared in time for normal Parent Weekend/Acceptance Day Activities, so that will continue as planned unless you are notified otherwise in upcoming days.

    Please do not call the Academy during this very hectic time. Converse with your midshipman and check the National USMMA Parents Association website (kpparents.com) for updated information. We will all try to keep you posted as information is available. We feel very secure that all midshipmen remaining on campus will be fully protected from the hurricane. Thank you for your patience.

    Mary Jane Fuschetto,
    National USMMA Parent Association Chair and the USMMA National Parents Association Executive Board


    USMMA Department of Information Technology

    **URGENT – Please Read**

    Please set up your account on Amerilert, the academy’s emergency notification system. This system is used to alert the USMMA community of inclement weather, closures and power outages.

    By default, it sends messages to your email account. You may opt in and add your cell phone, to receive text alerts. This service is offered as a convenience; the cost of text alerts will be borne by the recipient.

    Follow the instructions below to set up your Amerilert account. If you already have an Amerilert account, log in and confirm that your contact information is up-to-date.

    For email alerts only:
    1. Click the “Amerilert - Alerting America” link on the left side of the Heaveho.usmma.edu home page or enter the URL https://www.amerilert.net/my/usmma/
    2. Click the “Click Here to Sign Up Using Email Only” link.
    3. Enter your username. It is best to use your USMMA username.
    4. Enter your first and last name.
    5. Enter your password.
    6. Enter your email address.
    7. Read the “Terms of Service” and check the box.
    8. Click Create Account button.
    9. At this point your email account will be unvalidated. You will receive an email from Amerilert. Reply to the message to validation your email.

    For text and email alerts:
    1. Click the “Amerilert - Alerting America” link on the left side of the Heaveho.usmma.edu home page or enter the URL https://www.amerilert.net/my/usmma/
    2. Click the Create New Account button.
    3. Enter your username. It is best to use your USMMA username.
    4. Enter your first and last name.
    5. Enter your password.
    6. Enter your phone number and select your wireless carrier.
    7. Read the “Terms of Service” and check the box.
    8. Click Create Account button.
    9. Enter your email address.
    10. Click the Add Email button. At this point your email account will be unvalidated. You will receive an email from Amerilert. Reply to the message to validation your email.

    USMMA Help Desk, Helpdesk@usmma.edu, 516-726-5803
     

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