On Monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias

A message on how the Emergency Management Operations Team is actively monitoring and responding to Tropical Storm Isaias.

The Emergency Management Operations Team
August 03, 2020

Dear Columbia Community:

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch for New York City and surrounding areas beginning early tomorrow morning (Tuesday, August 4) into tomorrow night. This system may bring significant storm surge, flooding, heavy rain, and high winds to the New York City area.

The Emergency Management Operations Team is actively monitoring the situation and will keep the Columbia community informed as conditions change.

Anyone who may be on campus should take time to secure your spaces as soon as possible to help preserve buildings, materials, equipment and data. Make sure all windows are closed securely. This single step may be the most important way that you can protect your spaces—and those of others—from potentially damaging high winds and heavy rain. If possible, please turn off computers, lights and other equipment when leaving your space. Additionally, electrical or valuable items should be moved off the floor and away from windows.

The safety of our students and campus community is paramount. For assistance with campus and building services, contact Facilities at 212-854-2222 at Morningside/Manhattanville, and 212-305-HELP (4357) option 3, at the Medical Center. For students living in the Morningside residence halls, the Hartley Hospitality Desk is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 212-854-2779. To report an emergency on campus 24/7, call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 at Morningside, 212-853-3333 at Manhattanville, and 212-305-7979 at the Medical Center.

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The Emergency Management Operations Team