February 6, 2018
 
Dear Howard University Community,

Please read and save this information regarding procedures in the event of class and event cancellations and/or University closings due to weather or other circumstances pertinent to the health and safety of the campus community.
 
FEMA: Special Weather Statement issued February 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. by the National Weather Service Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC. A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
 
There is potential for hazardous commuting conditions for the Wednesday morning commute.  A period of snow is expected to develop Tuesday night and continue into Wednesday morning across the Baltimore/Washington metro areas as well as portions of the Virginia Piedmont, with the potential of ice due to freezing rain.
 
What to expect:
 
Mixed precipitation expected. A coating of sleet with a trace to a few hundredths of an inch of ice from freezing rain. If this threat does materialize during the Wednesday morning rush-hour, many roads could quickly turn icy.  This could lead to dangerous traveling conditions, multiple accidents, and extensive delays.
 
If commuting Wednesday morning, be aware of the possibility of significant travel disruptions.  Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time.  Check local channels for school and government closures.
 
Howard University Operations

  • As of the time of this email, Howard University is scheduled to continue its usual operations.
  • As of the time of this email, Howard University Hospital will continue normal business operations.

 
In the event of a campus closure or event cancellations, the University and Hospital communities will be notified via an official HU communication.
 
Recommended Preparedness

  • Prepare for snow or ice-covered roads and decreased visibility for driving conditions.
  • Prepare for icy and slippery walking surfaces - especially stairs.
  • Downed electrical lines, branches, and/or trees should be minimal, but may occur, so if you must drive, stay alert.
  • Safeguard against freezing water pipes by turning on taps and allowing them to drip (not fully flow).
  • If you are taking medication, ensure you have an adequate supply.
  • Ensure you have basic food supplies, in the event of supermarket and restaurant closures.
  • If you who are traveling, please check airport and train schedules regularly.

Your safety is our number one priority. If an emergency arises, please be sure to contact Howard University’s Department of Public Safety for assistance at 202-806-7777.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018