Public Information • Bad Weather Procedures
MC Bad Weather Notification Process
• How the decision to close is made
Midland College will provide early information for students regarding classes, typically by 6:00-6:30 a.m. You can check one of the following information sources to see if classes will be held, canceled or delayed:
ONLINE: Visit our website at www.midland.edu - there will be a visible message on the main page.
TELEPHONE: Call (432) 685-4500
WEATHER INFORMATION: For weather updates and forecasts across the Permian Basin, visit the National Weather Service's Midland/Odessa webpage at www.srh.noaa.gov/maf/
For current weather conditions on the MC Main Campus, visit our Weather View 32 webpage at www.midland.edu/weatherstation/
Here is a link to the website of the National Weather Service office at Midland International Airport, which is updated timely and is always the best source of information for our local weather: www.srh.noaa.gov/maf
In case of extreme weather conditions that may cause Midland College to delay or cancel classes and/or the opening of offices, please use the following procedure:
I. By 5:00 a.m., the Executive Vice President or the Vice President of Administrative Services will consult with the MC Police Chief and review weather forecasts and road conditions to make a decision about the status of classes and offices for all MC facilities in Midland County. The MC Police Chief will also contact the MISD Police Chief to see about the status of MISD schools. While MISD’s decision on closure or delay will be taken into consideration, Midland College’s decision may not necessarily coincide with the decision made by the Midland Independent School District.
II. Once a decision has been made, the Dean of Community Relations & Special Events will be contacted, and a text alert will be sent through the Emergency Alert System. The Dean of Community Relations & Special Events will also be responsible for contacting area media and posting messages on the MC website, MC social media sites and the main MC switchboard answering system by 6:00 a.m. (or as soon as notified). The messages will convey the following:
• Midland College facilities in Midland County are CLOSED for classes and offices today and tonight
• Midland College facilities in Midland County have DELAYED classes and the opening of offices until _____________ (a.m./p.m.)
Note: From experience, we have learned that the TV stations prefer to keep the message brief in their scrolling ticker messages. The best we can expect to be posted onto that ticker is probably “All MC facilities are (closed or delayed).”
III. The Community Relations office will monitor the information reported by the television stations, their websites and mrt.com … and make follow-up phone calls to correct messages, if necessary; any concerns about the MC information being broadcast should be communicated to the Dean of Community Relations & Special Events (cell phone number below). Please be aware that, depending on other news events, unless the station is using their constant, on-air “news scroller,” updates may not be given for 15 or 20 minutes, so please monitor the station for 30 minutes before calling.
AFTER THE BAD WEATHER DAY IS OVER, the Community Relations & Special Events Office will reset the switchboard message and website.
IV. In the case that Midland College is open and students/employees feel that weather conditions are unsafe for travel, they should contact the appropriate faculty/supervisor to notify them of their absence. Students/employees will not be penalized for their absence in such circumstances.
To educate students, information within the procedure that relates to students will be available in the student catalog, class schedules, and MC website.
Bad Weather Procedures
William Regional Technical Training Center
The Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) follows the same open/close decision that the Fort Stockton Independent School District chooses. That decision is communicated via the local Fort Stockton radio station, KFST, on its morning show broadcast from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on both FM 94.3 and AM 860. Students can also call the radio station at (432) 336-2228.
WRTTC students should monitor KFST FM 94.3 or AM 860 for information.
MC Public Information Office
Allison Fine Arts Building, #141
Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705