Hurricane Joaquin Update

Posted: October 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Dear Patriots,

The university continues to monitor Hurricane Joaquin, which appears to have shifted east and away from the Washington D.C. region. We do expect heavy rain, wind and possible flooding this weekend.

The university plans to operate on a regular schedule of classes, events and activities throughout the weekend and on Monday, October 5. We will continue to monitor the storm’s activity and provide any necessary updates on Mason’s operating status via Mason Alert if the situation changes. Please visit www.gmu.edu, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information about the university’s operating schedule.

Due to potential severe weather, events scheduled over the weekend may be cancelled or postponed at the discretion of the event coordinator. Please check the event website or contact the event coordinator to confirm an event.

We urge all members of the Mason community to consider the following ways to prepare for the potential impact of this or any storm:

  • Monitor weather and news channels (television and radio) for up-to-date information;
  • Consider keeping nonperishable food, water, a flashlight, and medications on hand in the event of a power outage or regional flooding that prevents travel;
  • Allow additional travel time to and from campus during inclement weather and plan activities accordingly; and
  • Have a contact plan with family and friends in advance for communication and follow-up should this storm materialize into a regional emergency.

For more information on how to prepare and respond to severe weather and regional emergencies, refer to the following guidance:

Tornado and Severe Weather Preparation Guide: ehs.gmu.edu/emergencymanagement/plans-guides/
Regional Emergency Preparation Guide: ehs.gmu.edu/emergencymanagement/plans-guides/
Virginia Emergency Preparedness Guidance: www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia
National Emergency Preparedness Guidance: www.ready.gov/

Sincerely,

Julie A. Zobel
Assistant Vice President
Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management