Dear UHD Community,
Hurricane season is here, and the memory of Harvey still looms large in our minds. While the University of Houston-Downtown recovered from Harvey, many Houstonians (including members of our UHD family) are still affected by this storm.
As many of you are aware, the season for hurricanes and tropical disturbances extends from June 1 to Nov. 30. There is no better time than the present to prepare yourselves for possible storms.
In addition to ensuring that your homes and families are equipped with a hurricane kit, it is vital that everyone update their contact information to receive emergency alerts (through email and text). Also, become familiar with UHD’s other communication channels (social media, UHD News) to receive timely notifications in the event of a severe weather emergency. Sign up for alerts at our Emergency Management site and save other sites that will be useful in the event of a crisis. These would include:
During Harvey, many of our divisions and departments learned valuable lessons. You may recall that many communications systems were taken offline by the storm. Thanks to social media, UHD News, text messages and other tools, we were able to communicate crucial messages during Harvey. And through UHD’s social media tools, members of the Gator family were able to check up on each other or provide assistance to those in need.
In addition to ensuring you are connected with UHD communications, it is advised to stay informed through the Regional Joint Information Center, which issues updated severe weather reports.
Although preparation is essential, no one was expecting an event such as Harvey. Still, our community reacted and adapted to the situation. As a result, all of us emerged from that storm both smarter and stronger. In fact, many of the lessons learned during Harvey were addressed during the recent meeting of the University’s Emergency Management Board and will be incorporated into UHD’s Emergency Plan.
It is my hope that our city is spared from a severe storm threat this hurricane season, but I am confident that we as Houstonians and Gators will be ready should one arise.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD President