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Hurricane Florence Preparedness

Dear Campus Community:

The Crisis Leadership Team (CLT) is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence. The latest weather predictions call for landfall in the Wilmington, North Carolina area some time on Thursday. The Washington, D.C. area appears to be out of the direct path of the storm, but we can expect several inches of rain beginning on Thursday or Friday and ending on Saturday or Sunday. We also expect heavier vehicular traffic on our highways as people evacuate their homes in southern states.

The University is taking all necessary precautions to ensure that you are safe, and that the campus remains fully functional. We expect that all services will remain uninterrupted from now through the weekend. On-campus students should not experience any disruptions or changes in their residence halls or in the dining hall. The Facilities Department has been proactively preparing the campus, securing and removing items to ensure your safety. The Department of Public Safety will remain vigilant at all times, checking for any possible damage or leaks.

Hurricanes can and do change their paths rapidly. Please monitor local weather reports for any possible changes in the path of Florence that may impact our area. If there are any major changes, we will update the community with information and instructions. Please review Gallaudet University’s emergency preparedness guide. This page contains information on how to sign up and receive Blackboard Connect SMS messages, as well as what to do in different types of emergencies.  Also, please visit the hurricane preparedness page here.

If you see or become aware of any possible hazards and damage, contact the Department of Public Safety via telephone or text message at 202-651-5555, or email us at

Finally, if you have family or friends in the path of the hurricane, please stay in touch with them. We wish them, and you, safety and comfort.


Dwight Benedict
Chair, Crisis Leadership Team

Ted Baran
Vice Chair, Crisis Leadership Team

Posted by Andrew Greenman | Posted September 12, 2018 at 4:52 PM


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002