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Emergency Updates

  • July 13, 2022
  • We are just about to get into the height of hurricane season, so make sure you have a plan. To get the latest tracking information, go to the National Hurricane Center from the National Weather Service.

Preparing the Campus


The University intends to err on the side of caution as we monitor the path of tropical storms and hurricanes from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. The City of New Orleans issues mandatory evacuations for what is considered to be major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). The leadership at Dillard are in contact with city officials and our friends at other college campuses throughout Greater New Orleans, however, we may believe there is an option that is better for the Dillard community. Make sure that you have signed up for the University's emergency alert system and follow Dillard's official social media channels to stay abreast of the latest developments.


Preparing Yourself


Follow the guidance for supplies to have on hand for the duration of the hurricane season. Two to three days of water supplies, a week’s worth of prescription medication, dry goods, flashlight, batteries and a first-aid kit are a good start.


If you drive, keep your gas tank half-full during hurricane season and have cash ready in case of the need to evacuate. Students, consider partnering with other students to pool your resources and to create an evacuation plan.


Have multiple evacuation destinations. Be prepared to follow different routes or modes of transportation depending on circumstances. Remember that storms turn and they can maintain their intensity even after making landfall.


If you live off-campus, gather supplies to prepare your home and createf a plan to secure your home in the event of high winds and hurricane-level storms. Consider keeping your trees trimmed away from your home to lessen wind-driven impacts. If you board up your home, check your materials to see if they are still in good condition.


If you rent or own your home, check to see if you have insurance coverage for wind (including for named storms) and flood. Remember that flood insurance is a separate policy and will have a 30-day waiting period to take effect.


Have a plan for your pet(s), in the case of evacuation.


Consider reducing the amount of frozen foods in your freezer. The less you have to pack up and/or leave when you evacuate, the better.


During an emergency, the University is likely to suspend normal operations. If it is possible to do so, guidance will be provided to students for virtual class meetings and to employees for virtual office hours.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure that you have face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants in your shelter-in-place kit to prevent the spread during recovery activities. Keep yourself safe from COVID-19; visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest information.






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