Hurricane Joaquin

Posted: October 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Dear Patriots,

The university is monitoring the path and potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Current forecasts place the storm in the vicinity of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area Sunday, October 4, through Monday, October 5. There is the potential for localized flooding from heavy rainfall, wind damage, and power outages.   

At present, the university anticipates maintaining the regular schedule of classes, events, and activities throughout the weekend and on Monday, October 5. However the university will provide updates on Mason’s operating status via Mason Alert as the situation warrants. Please visit, 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 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:

Regional Emergency Preparation Guide:

Virginia Emergency Preparedness Guidance:

National Emergency Preparedness Guidance:



Julie A. Zobel

Assistant Vice President

Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management