Columbia University Medical Center

Storm Update: Normal Operations on Monday Jan. 25

Updated Sunday, January 24,2016, 7:30 p.m.

Columbia University Medical Center plans normal operation on Mon., Jan. 25, 2016.

Updated Saturday, January 23, 2016, 4:20 p.m.

The University continues to monitor conditions on campus and in the wider New York City area during the current storm.

Based on the latest information, below are several updates:

  • Transportation
    • The city has issued a road travel ban, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, except for emergency travel.
    • Above ground subway and regional rail service will be shutting down services as of 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23.
    • The city has also suspended alternate side of the street parking, through Monday, January 25, to facilitate snow removal.
  • Campus Accessibility
    • The Medical Center is accessible, and most walkways are clear. Facilities Management will continue snow removal throughout the weekend. Please note, however, the Hammer Building lower level one entrance is temporarily closed. Entry is available using the main doors at 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.
    • Morningside campus is accessible, and most walkways are clear. Facilities will continue snow removal throughout the weekend.

Due to rapidly changing conditions, please continue to use caution if you need to venture outside, and we encourage you to check in with service providers before visiting.

As more updates become available, we will continue to post new information to Morningside updates will be available on the Columbia Preparedness Website. We encourage all members of the community to use these resources.

For assistance with campus and building services, contact Facilities Management at the Medical Center at 212-305-HELP (option 3), or Facilities at the Morningside campus at 212-854-2222. For health or safety emergencies, please call 911.

For more information on weather and transit, please visit:

Please stay safe and exercise caution if you need to travel.


CUMC Facilities Management

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning effective from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with predictions of heavy snow with accumulations from 8 to 12 inches possible, strong winds and dangerous travel conditions.

There are currently no changes to the regular weekend schedules for the Bard Athletic Center or the Knowledge Center at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, but we advise checking in with these service providers before visiting. The Lamont-Doherty Shuttle will not be running on Saturday, January 23. Other Columbia Transportation shuttles are currently running on their normal schedules, although this is subject to change based on weather and road conditions. We advise students to check with your school and/or instructor regarding the status of weekend classes. If you are scheduled to attend an event on campus this weekend, you may want to check in with the appropriate venues or event organizers for the latest updates and possible cancellations. 


Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged New York City residents to avoid travel and to use mass transit when travel is necessary for the duration of these weather conditions. Although the blizzard is expected to occur over the weekend, when most classes are not in session, we urge all members of the CUMC community to heed the mayor’s advice and to stay informed about weather conditions.


As a reminder, before you leave work today:

Close and lock all windows and doors, and close blinds and curtains. Be sure to close all windows in spaces that are not normally occupied. It is in these “forgotten” rooms that an open window can potentially lead to damage to your work area due to water pipes freezing and cracking and also wastes energy.

Turn off computers, lights, and other equipment. Additionally, electrical or valuable items should be moved off the floor and away from windows.

If your lab or experiments depend on electricity, make sure critical equipment is plugged into outlets that are backed up by emergency power. If you are not sure which outlets are on emergency power, please contact Facilities Management at 305-HELP (305-4357), option 3.

Report problems, such as leaks or windows or doors that cannot be closed, to Facilities Management at 305-HELP (305-4357), option 3.

To report an emergency on the CUMC campus, please call Public Safety at 212-305-7979. For off-campus emergencies, call 911.


For more information on weather and transit, please visit:


The New York City Severe Weather website: 

The MTA website:

he National Weather Service website:

As the situation changes, we will continue to update this page.  Alternatively, you may call  212-305-7300.


Please stay safe and exercise caution if you need to travel. 




CUMC Facilities Management