President's Message: Hurricane Season Preparations
Dear UHD Community:
Hurricane season kicked off this month and will continue through November 30. Houstonians are well aware that hurricanes can have serious impact on our city and The University of Houston-Downtown.
UHD is remaining vigilant even during these early months of hurricane season. UHD’s Police Department, Emergency Management, Facilities Management, University Relations and other divisions and departments are regularly reviewing emergency procedures. Likewise, we are making sure our emergency communications systems are working properly to keep faculty, staff and students informed in the event of a severe weather threat.
I encourage all of you to be prepared during hurricane season. It is very important to make sure you’re able to receive the University’s emergency alerts (through email and text) and are aware of UHD’s different communication channels that will disseminate important notifications in the event of an emergency.
I recommend that everyone register to receive University alerts by visiting the Emergency Management site. I also advise bookmarking the sites that will keep our community informed during a weather crisis.
If you are not on social media, you can still be informed through Twitter text messages. This article provides directions on how to do that. Additionally, stay tuned to the Regional Joint Information Center at ReadyHarris.org. On that site, you can receive up-to-the-minute reports on severe weather events in our area.
Your safety is my No. 1 priority, so I also encourage everyone to take precautions at home too. Create a plan and assemble a kit with supplies. This site from the National Hurricane Center has details on home preparation.
Being prepared is essential during this time of the year. I encourage everyone to serve as responsible partners to the University and community and be ready and aware during the months to come.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.