The university is monitoring the path and potential impact of Hurricane Florence. Current forecasts indicate that severe weather will impact the Washington D.C. metropolitan area Friday, Sept. 14th through Sunday, Sept. 16th. This storm has the potential to cause heavy rain, localized flooding, wind damage, and power outages. Businesses and regional services may close during the height of the storm and disruptions to public transportation, communications systems, and supply chains are possible.
All university students, faculty, and staff are advised to be prepared for this storm no later than Thursday evening as travel throughout the region may be dangerous Friday to Sunday. 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 or radio) for current weather and regional safety information.
- Consider keeping non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, and medications on hand in the event of a power outage or regional flooding that prevents travel.
- Charge electrical devices, fuel up your vehicle, and secure exterior windows.
- Allow additional travel time to and from campus and plan activities accordingly.
- Make a communication plan to stay in contact with family and friends throughout the storm.
- Wherever you are Thursday evening, be prepared to remain in place until Sunday.
For more information on how to prepare and respond to severe weather and regional emergencies refer to the following guidance:
The university will provide updates on Mason’s operating status via Mason Alert as the situation warrants. Please visit http://www.gmu.edu/, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information. If the university must close as result of safety concerns or regional issues resulting from this storm, the university will maintain dining and support services to students and employees that remain on campus.
For additional information on Hurricane Florence, its path, and regional weather please visit the National Weather Service website https://www.weather.gov/akq/Florence.
David Farris, PhD
Executive Director of Safety & Emergency Management
Environmental Health & Safety Office
George Mason University