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Update: Thursday, Aug. 27, 12 p.m. – Galveston College to Resume  On-campus  Services Friday, Aug. 28

Galveston College will resume on-campus and online services and operations on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m.

Registration is set for Friday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 31.

Late registration will be Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Late fees will be waived.

Student housing move-in is slated to begin Friday, Aug. 28, by appointment only. Resident students should contact Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu to schedule an appointment.


Update: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m.
– Galveston College Suspends Operations Due to Forecast of Storm

Galveston College will suspend all on-campus and remote operations, effective Tuesday, Aug. 25, to allow all students, faculty and staff who reside on the island to evacuate safely. College operations will be reinstated when it is safe to do so.

 The City of Galveston has issued a mandatory evacuation instructing all Galveston residents to begin leaving the island for safety after overnight models shifted the landfall of Hurricane Laura westward. City services will be suspended today at 12 p.m. People should be getting their plans together this morning for an evacuation. It is urgent that residents heed this mandatory evacuation and leave with all family members and pets.

 Following the forecasted storm, Galveston College will announce additional information for the continuation of fall 2020 registration, student housing move-in and the beginning of classes.

 As conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, gc.edu, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Update: Monday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m. – Galveston College Operations Go Remote Tuesday, Aug. 25, Will Reopen When Safe

Galveston College officials continue to monitor Tropical Storms Laura and Marco as they develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

 Out of an abundance of caution for students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus classes and operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant.

Students can register for fall 2020 classes online via their Whitecaps portal or by contacting the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu or (409) 944-4242.

As conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, gc.edu, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

 

Update: Monday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. – Galveston College Operations Go Remote Tuesday, Aug. 25, Will Reopen When Safe

Galveston College officials continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Laura and Hurricane Marco as they continue to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although Hurricane Marco does not appear to be much of threat to Galveston at this time, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and could impact the Texas Coast.

Therefore, today (Monday, Aug. 24) campus operations will continue as normal. And, out of an abundance of caution for our students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant. As forecasted conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Update: Monday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m.

The safety, protection and well-being of Galveston College students, faculty, staff and the community are of the utmost importance as we prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

Preparedness Tips:

Stock your home with supplies that may be needed during a severe weather emergency. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person)
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food
  • A first-aid kit and manual
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets (at least 1 per person)
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs
  • Non-prescription medicines, such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers and other baby supplies
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes,” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as body soap, toothpaste, etc.
  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

 

The following sites are also important to severe weather preparedness:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

https://www.weather.gov/media/mob/pdf/GulfCoastHurricanePrep.pdf

https://www.weather.gov/media/crp/Hurricane_Guide_Final_English.pdf

https://www.galvestontx.gov/491/Hurricane-Preparedness

https://gcoem.org/x-hurricanes/

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/weather/hurricane.html

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

https://namigulfcoast.org/hurricane-preparedness/

 

 Update: Sunday, Aug. 23, 9 p.m.

The Galveston College administration continues to monitor Tropical Storms Laura and Marco. Tropical Storm Laura’s projected path brings the system somewhere in between Houston and Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Houston is currently on the far left side of the cone of uncertainty. The center of the cone is right along the Texas/Louisiana state line.

Communication Information:

Communication plays a key role during any severe weather emergency. College information will be communicated through the Blackboard Connect emergency alert system, the college website and social media.

To enhance communication efforts, please review the following checklist:

  • To ensure notification through Blackboard Connect, please make sure your cell phone, home phone and email addresses are up-to-date in your Whitecaps portal at gc.edu.

  • You will receive emergency information as a text message, as a telephone call/voicemail, and/or as an email message.

  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the website and the Galveston College Facebook page and to follow the college’s Twitter feed and/or Instagram for periodic college updates during severe weather situations.

  • The college’s emergency phone line (866) 483-4242 will be updated to reflect any updates pertaining to campus closures for severe weather incidents.

  • If evacuation becomes necessary, students, faculty and staff who evacuate will find important updates through local television, radio, newspapers and social media platforms.

 Update: Friday, Aug. 21, 3:30 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting for two tropical depressions to possibly reach hurricane strength, with both sharing the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. If the forecast holds true, it would be the third time in recorded history there are two named tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico concurrently.

Tropical Depression 14, which will become Tropical Storm Marcos if it develops as forecasters expect, will likely arrive first. It is predicted to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, but the National Hurricane Center says it could weaken a bit before hitting the Texas coastline, possibly by Tuesday morning.

Please remain alert and check your Whitecaps email, the Galveston College website, social media and regional media for updates from the college and the community.

Thank you and stay safe, Whitecaps!

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