• Inclement Weather and Emergency Information


  • During planned and unplanned campus closures, Mt, Hood Community College (MHCC) will only provide limited services, depending on the type and severity of the situation. The College encourages students, employees, vendors and visitors to read the following document.

    In general, the Gresham Campus is open seven days a week, with limited services Saturdays and Sundays. Maywood Park and The Bruning Center for Allied Health Education are open weekdays with limited hours and services on weekends.

    The following represents the type of closures that affect all faculty, support staff, students and community members who visit MHCC.

    Up-to-date messages regarding emergency closures or delayed openings are communicated through multiple channels. When inclement weather is predicted, please consult multiple communication channels to receive accurate information. Reliable sources include MHCC's website (mhcc.edu), Facebook, Twitter feed and phone greeting (503-491-6422), local television and radio broadcasts, local television and radio websites.

    Emergency Closures

    Emergency closures include such events as inclement weather, electrical outages and other unforeseen events that have the potential to create an unsafe work or school environment. During these temporary closures, all gates of the Gresham Campus are locked. With the exception of essential emergency personnel, college staff will not report to work. Essential emergency personnel are those that are designated by their supervisor to perform essential emergency duties. In the event of a total college closure, all classes, events, games, etc., are canceled for the entire day and/or evening at the Gresham Campus, Maywood and Bruning centers, East Multnomah County Head Start and all other MHCC locations. Athletic events or field trips that are scheduled at a location other than a MHCC facility will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if conditions require a cancellation. Decisions for such events will be made by the area dean, the faculty member associated with the event and the appropriate college leadership personnel. Information on college closures will be available on the college's website (mhcc.edu), through local radio and television stations. Every effort will be made to announce inclement weather closures or late openings by 5 a.m. If a closure occurs during normal business hours, a decision will be made by 4 p.m. that day.

    Note: Emergency closures are made with regard to conditions on or near the Gresham Campus and do not necessarily reflect conditions or roads in the region, county or state. Generally, the college will be closed for inclement weather when the Gresham area local school districts are closed.


    Late Opening

    An emergency temporary college closure is in effect until the noted time is announced. College gates will remain locked until the noted time to allow emergency crews to operate. Except for designated essential emergency crews, students and college personnel will report to classes or work at the noted time. A class or event that begins prior to the announced opening time will be considered canceled, regardless of the time it is scheduled to end. Information on college closures will be available on the college's website (mhcc.edu), through local radio and television stations. Athletic events and field trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if conditions require a cancellation. Decisions for such events will be made by the area dean, the faculty member associated with the event and the appropriate college leadership personnel.


    Holiday Closures

    Holiday closures are considered non-service days and are specified in the employee agreements. With the exception of Public Safety and designated employees, offices are closed and classes are not scheduled. Employees required/requested by management to work during paid holidays will receive compensation according to their employee group's agreement.


    Extended Holiday Closure

    The college is traditionally closed the day after Thanksgiving and between Christmas and New Years Day. With the exception of Public Safety, all offices are closed and classes are not scheduled. Access to the Gresham Campus is limited. Generally, management must notify classified employees no later than Nov. 1, 2011, if they will be required to work during the break. All employees required to work will be paid according to the employee groups' agreements. Activities of all kind, including performing arts performances/practices, instructional activities and events, student group activities, etc. are not to be scheduled without prior dean and/or vice president approval. Employees that choose to come into offices during the extended holiday closure are required to check in with Public Safety upon their arrival to and departure from the campus.

    Summary

    In the event of inclement weather (or other emergency situation), you have many options to receive notifications about closure, late start, etc. We recommend that you not rely on any single source of information

    1. Visit mhcc.edu (You will always find the most up-to-date information here.)
    2. Listen to local TV and radio stations
    3. Visit the websites of local TV and radio stations
    4. Call the campus (503-491-6422) and listen o the recorded message