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Hurricane / Disaster Preparedness

Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning 

  • Watch: Conditions are a threat within 48 hours
  • Warning: Conditions are expected within 36 hours 


How to Prepare?

  • Listen to WHUR 96.3 FM and WTOP 103.5 FM
  • Monitor & HU Communications
  • Signup for Alert HU at
  • Close windows and doors
  • Turn refrigerator/freezer to coldest setting
  • Learn the evacuation plan for your building/residence hall
  • Make sure disaster supplies are stocked


Hurricane Checklist

  • First-aid kits and other medications
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food/ can opener
  • Flashlights, batteries and batteryoperated radio
  • Personal hygiene items (moist towelettes and hand sanitizer)
  • Secure personal documents (driver’s license, passport, social security card)
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Printed contact information for family
  • Cash


What to do During?

  • Listen to local news for updates
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors - keep them closed.
  • If necessary, evacuate according to the instructions of campus officials and/or local authorites.
  • If your building structure is threatened, lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Move to the lowest level of your building.
  • Remain inside until an official “all clear” is given.

Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059