Hurricane Sandy 2012

Office of the President

Webb Institute and the Northeast braced for the arrival of "Superstorm Sandy." By now, no one needs to be told about the destruction that Sandy left in her wake.  While, our region continues to face great challenges.  Importantly, our thoughts and support are with those who have been most affected by the storm, and several Webb students have already spent last weekend volunteering with clean-up efforts in the local community. 

Our campus and grounds fared better than many of our neighbors' - thanks in no small part to the quick preparations made by our facilities staff.  Webb's emergency generator has been powering the campus for a week now, and although we have no firm date for when power might be restored, we are confident it will be soon.  And as anyone who has tried to call us knows, we were without telephones and internet until Sunday evening.  

Despite these challenges, we have returned to doing what we do best: educating young men and women to become the nation's finest naval architects and marine engineers.  Our dedicated faculty and staff have been driving to work since Thursday dodging an obstacle course of large trees on Crescent Beach Road enabling us to resume classes after just two days of downtime

As many of you who follow us via social media know, we are incredibly fortunate to have weathered the storm with minimal damage to campus while ensuring everyone's safety.  We appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns as the whole region works toward normalcy.

Olsen Signature  
Robert C. Olsen, Jr.
President, Webb Institute