Dear Howard University Community:
Earlier today, I spoke with members of the community on the main quadrangle. I assured the campus that safety was our top priority. Following the afternoon earthquake, no injuries have been reported. If you have not already done so, students are encouraged to contact family members.
Structural engineers have assessed several campus buildings and determined that some buildings are safe to re-enter. All residence halls, the Blackburn Student Center, East Campus (Divinity) and West Campus (Law) have been approved for re-entry. The shuttle service has also resumed its normal schedule.
We will continue to work to clear the remaining buildings. Please note that classes and business will resume on Wednesday, August 24. Stay tuned for campus-wide updates on delays or relocation classes and services.
For information about classes and campus activities, please visit the earthquake update page: http://www.howard.edu/newsroom/releases/2011/20110823EarthQuakeUpdates.htm
Information will continue to be available via the following communication vehicles*:
- HU Communications
- Howard.edu (homepage and howard.edu/newsroom)
- Alert HU messages (emergency text notification)
- Facebook and Twitter
- WHUT-TV Resnet
- WHUR 96.3 FMEnterprise Technology Services (formerly ISAS)
* In an emergency situation, we may experience outages such as an overwhelmed cell phone network; it is important to check multiple communication channels in the event of an outage.
Please be reminded of the University’s emergency preparedness guidelines. To learn details, please visit http://www.howard.edu/directory/emergencies.htm
In the event of aftershocks, please follow the guidelines as outlined by the U.S. Geological Service: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/faq/?faqID=83
We urge all members of the HU Community to register for AlertHU mass notifications and HU Guardian service, by visiting www.howard.edu/bisonconnect
Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this emergency.
Sidney A. Ribeau