Extreme weather occasionally disrupts the University’s normal operations.

Decisions on cancellations, closures, or delays are normally made by 7 a.m. and are communicated via:

Severe weather could result in cancelled classes, a delayed opening or early closure, or a full closure of the University. Operations such as the heating plant, security, snow clearing, residences, and the dining hall are maintained even if the University is closed.

Storm safety
A few things to keep in mind to keep you safe during the season:

  • Check weather and highway conditions — before heading out on the road, check the forecast and highway conditions. The weather can deteriorate quickly and roads can remain slippery even after a storm is over.
  • Use your judgment in getting to campus — if you travel to campus by car and are concerned about road safety, don’t venture out. Conditions in your area may be different than in Sackville.
  • Advise your instructor or supervisor — if the University is open and you cannot make it to campus due to weather conditions, advise your instructor(s) or supervisor.
  • Watch your step — even when sidewalks, stairways, and parking lots are salted or sanded, there can be slippery spots, and new snow can hide ice from view.

Penguin posterParking lots and walkways
Facilities Management is responsible for snow clearing on campus. Staff work diligently to keep parking lots and walkways clear of snow and ice and are often here very early getting campus ready after a storm.

In some cases, the same weather conditions that restrict access will mean that facilities staff may have more difficulty getting to campus to begin clean up. This is one factor taken into account when considering campus cancellation or delays in opening.
Drifting snow and changing conditions can quickly cause a build-up of snow or ice. If you note icy or snow-covered patches, please let Facilities Management know by e-mailing fixit@mta.ca 

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes are very uncommon in southeastern New Brunswick, however they can occur.

  • Seek shelter indoors. In particular look for:
    • Small interior rooms on the lowest floor, without windows (such as a closet)
    • Hallways on the lowest floor in a place away from doors and windows
    • Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick, or blocks with no windows
  • Seek shelter under a sturdy workbench or heavy furniture if no basement or interior room is available.
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Stay away from:
    • outside walls and windows
    • top floors of buildings
    • areas with glass windows or doors
    • auditoriums, gymnasiums, cafeterias, or other areas with large, free-span roofs
  • If you are out in the open and cannot get indoors, some possible actions are:
    • If you are able, get into a vehicle, buckle your safety belt and drive to the closest study shelter. If your vehicle is hit by debris, pull over and park.
    • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put your seat belt on, cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible.
    • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. Try to stay in a low, flat location.
    • If there is no time to escape, lie flat in the nearest depression or ditch.

There is usually more warning for a hurricane than for a tornado.

If you are not in an area that is being evacuated, stay inside and do not plan to go outdoors until after the hurricane has passed. Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by flying glass from broken windows.

Check in with local media and the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization frequently for updated weather and emergency instructions.


If you are indoors:

  • Drop down onto your hands and knees so the earthquake doesn’t knock you down.
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself from falling debris.
  • If possible, get under a desk, table, door arch, or stairwell. If none of these is available, move against an interior wall.
  • Keep away from windows, shelving systems, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, and electrical power.
  • If you are in a laboratory, exit the lab to the corridor.
  • If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • Stay where you are until the shaking stops.

If you are outside:

  • Stay in an open area, away from buildings, power lines, street lights, trees, and roadways.
  • Drop down onto your hands and knees and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • If you are in a car, pull over and stop. Do not park under an overpass or near a building, trees, or power lines. Take care when you resume driving in the event roads have been damaged by the earthquake and avoid bridges or ramps that the earthquake may have damaged.

After an earthquake:

  • After the shaking stops, survey your immediate area for trapped or injured persons and ruptured utilities (water, gas, etc.)
    • Call 911 if there are any trapped or injured individuals in your area, then contact Security at (506) 364-2228.
    • Contact Facilities Management at (506) 364-2444 if there is any damage in your area.
    • Evacuate if the building seems unsafe or if you are instructed to do so, following the University’s evacuation procedures.