VanCoug Alerts

C-TRAN service impacts due to adverse weather expected Thursday, 12/8

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2:36pm

Due to wintry weather expected throughout the Portland-Vancouver area and Clark County on Thursday, December 8, C-TRAN riders should prepare for potentially significant impacts to bus service. Routes 157, 177 and 190 have been canceled for Thursday. Passengers who normally use those routes should consider the following options:

  • Instead of Route 157, take Route 199 from 99th Street Transit Center to Portland. Once in Portland, take any eastbound MAX to the Lloyd District.
  • Instead of Route 177, take Route 164 from Fisher's Landing Transit Center to downtown Portland.
  • Instead of Route 190, start from 99th Street Transit Center and take another Express route to downtown Portland. Once in Portland, use TriMet's Line 8 or the Portland Streetcar and the aerial Tram from South Waterfront Avenue for service to Marquam Hill.

C-TRAN Connector service is also canceled on Thursday, December 8. Other routes may experience impacts and delays depending on the conditions. Routes 2, 6, 9, 19, 32 and 47 may detour to snow routes. Travelers should use caution and wear extra warm clothing if they're out and about on Thursday.

Additional updates will sent out as needed, and alerts will be posted at Major C-TRAN service impacts are also posted to Twitter (@ctranvancouver) and Facebook ( 

For questions or trip planning assistance, please call C-TRAN at 360-695-0123.

Great Shakeout Earthquake Awareness Drill

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:18am

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions

Federal, State, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.  Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills ( are opportunities to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.

You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense…so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!);
  • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be ready to move with it until the shaking stops.

If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.

Do not move to another location or outside.  Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. You are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking. Also, you will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one…and that’s why you should always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

These are guidelines for most situations. Read below to learn how to protect yourself in other situations and locations, or visit

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.

In a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.

In bed:  If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.  You are less likely to be injured staying where you are.  Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.

In a high-rise:  Drop, Cover, and Hold On.  Avoid windows and other hazards.  Do not use elevators.  Do not be surprised if sprinkler systems or fire alarms activate.

In a stadium or theater:  Stay at your seat or drop to the floor between rows and protect your head and neck with your arms.  Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.  Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall in the aftershocks.

In a store: When shaking starts, Drop Cover and Hold On.  A shopping cart or getting inside clothing racks can provide some protection. If you must move to get away from heavy items on high shelves, drop to the ground first and crawl only the shortest distance necessary. Whenever you enter any retail store, take a moment to look around:  What is above and around you that could move or fall during an earthquake?  Then use your best judgment to stay safe.

OutdoorsMove to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards. 

Driving:  Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake.  Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.  Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.  If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

Near the shore:  Drop, Cover, and Hold On until the shaking stops. If severe shaking lasts twenty seconds or more, immediately evacuate to high ground as a Tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake.  Move inland two miles or to land that is at least 100 feet above sea level immediately.  Don’t wait for officials to issue a warning.  Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards.

Below a dam:  Dams can fail during a major earthquake.  Catastrophic failure is unlikely, but if you live downstream from a dam, you should know flood-zone information and have prepared an evacuation plan.

MYTH – Head for the Doorway: 

An enduring earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the doorframe as the only standing part.  From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake.  We now understand that doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house, and do not provide protection from falling or flying objects. You are safer under a table.

More information:

50th Ave. entrance closed

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 7:33am

The 50th Ave. entrance is closed due to fallen trees. Facilities Opereations is assessing the damage after sunrise and will work as swiftly as possible to remove the trees and clear the road. Until that time, please use the Salmon Creek Ave. entrance.

WSU Vancouver open and classes are running on time

Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 2:23pm

WSU Vancouver is open and classes are running on time. Students, please check with your instructors. Individual classes may be cancelled based on the instructor’s ability to get to campus safely.

It is rare that WSU Vancouver modifies operations for ANY weather conditions. Any closure or late opening announcements will be posted to major news and media outlets AND listed on the WSU Vancouver website home page and this web page.

If plowing and/or de-icing is in progress when you arrive on campus, certain parking lots and pathways may be closed. In that case, please park in open, plowed parking lots—regardless of parking permit type—and use pathways that are plowed and de-iced.

It is your responsibility to decide if you can safely commute to WSU Vancouver in the event of inclement weather while WSU Vancouver remains open for operations. Review FAQ: Inclement Weather for clarification on using leave during crummy weather.

Faculty members, if you cancel your class while WSU Vancouver remains open for operation, it is your responsibility to notify students of the cancellation.

Guidance and Recommendations Regarding the EBOLA Virus

Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:56am


To: The Washington State University (WSU) Community
From: The WSU Infectious Disease Response Team
Date: October 8, 2014
Re: Guidance and Recommendations Regarding the EBOLA Virus

The WSU Infectious Disease Response Team (IDRT) has been closely monitoring the evolving threat of the Ebola virus, including outbreaks in several West African countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Guinea) and the recent case of the traveler from Liberia presenting with Ebola infection in Texas. Current steps are being taken by the CDC to minimize the spread of the virus making the risk to the public for this situation quite low. 

Health organizations like the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are also working on a global level to contain, and eventually eradicate this threat. Accordingly, members of the university community, including students, faculty, and staff at all WSU campuses should stay abreast of public health information about Ebola.

Continuously updated information about Ebola can be found on the CDC website:

The CDC has also provided specific guidance for universities, colleges, and students regarding Ebola at

Consistent with this guidance, WSU has implemented the following:

  • Restricting all non-essential university related travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.  The IDRT will continue to monitor the evolving situation and re-evaluate this restriction accordingly. Further possible restrictions to travel will be based upon CDC Level 2 and Level 3 Travel Alerts.

Any students who have traveled from any of the affected countries within the past 21 days are asked to contact Health and Wellness Services (HWS) at (509) 335-3575. Any faculty or staff traveling from any of the affected countries is asked to contact their health care provider or their local county health department.  Clark County Public Health may be contacted at 360-397-8182,

  1. Travelers from affected countries are also asked to monitor themselves for possible symptoms of Ebola (fever, headache, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, or bleeding). If travelers have symptoms, they should call their health care provider or their local county health department immediately to report symptoms and recent travel history. It is important to call first before seeking help in person so that precautions to contain possible spread of the virus can be enacted in a timely manner.
  2. WSU strongly encourages faculty and staff who are traveling abroad to register with the WSU International Travel Registry at
  3. WSU requires all students traveling abroad for non-credit earning opportunities to register with the WSU International Travel Registry at the link specified above.
  4. We have already contacted a small number of students arriving from Nigeria at the beginning of fall semester, none of whom have developed symptoms. To our knowledge, there has been no further recent travel from affected areas within our university communities.

Despite the recent case in the United States, the threat of Ebola spreading to our university communities remains low at this time. Spread of Ebola from affected areas requires recent travel by a person who has been in extended recent contact with bodily fluids from an afflicted individual. Timely identification of persons traveling from affected areas coupled with close monitoring and reporting of symptoms is a cautious and prudent approach to continue to contain this risk.  Students with questions may contact HWS at (509) 335-3575. Faculty and staff with questions should contact their health care provider or their local county public health department.