Dear TSSW Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Tulane University leadership and Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Ida. While we continue to operate under normal conditions, we wanted to share a few reminders and resources to help you stay informed and prepared.
The University disseminates the official communications in regards to the status of operations and classes, so please continue to check your email for updates directly from Tulane's Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Provost. We also recommend you sign up for TUAlerts and Everbridge, the University's emergency alert systems.
Your safety is a priority, so please make every effort to prepare for the possibility of severe weather. You may find the following helpful:
- Access Tulane’s Hurricane Guide.
- Create an Emergency Plan.
- Build a Go-Bag.
- View Tulane’s Hurricane Preparedness Video.
If you are going out to secure supplies, please remember to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene. Those of you who live in flood prone areas of New Orleans should be on the look out for City of New Orleans announcements that parking is permitted on the neutral ground.
Anyone who is experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling. From the United States and its territories, call 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.
Tulane offers the following resources its students, faculty, and staff.
- Students can call or text The Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 504-264-6074.
- Faculty and staff can reach out to Tulane's Employee Assistance program. Reach New Directions professionals are available by telephone at 1-800-624-5544 or their website (company code: Tulane).
- For those looking to explore and practice self-care options the TSSW Self-Care website has curated resources to help people take mental breaks, exercise, and connect for well-being.
Again, for updates about University operations, visit Tulane’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Please stay safe, look after one another, and keep connected.
Patrick S. Bordnick, PhD, MPH
Dean and Professor, Tulane School of Social Work