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Archive for August, 2017

Updates: Hurricane Harvey and Your Safety

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Dear Rice International Students and Scholars,

I am writing an update to let you know that we, in the OISS, are thinking about your during this hurricane and flooding event in the next 2-3 days. Here are a couple of resource links about hurricanes:



Important: Please stay connected to updates on this website: https://emergency.rice.edu/

Below is information on the Fondren Library hours this weekend.

Please know that we, at the OISS, are thinking of you and wanting your safety. Please know that if you have any emergency, you can always contact the Rice University Police (RUPD) at: 713-348-6000.

We will do what we can to help you. Best wishes as you stay safe during this hurricane and flooding event.

We are so grateful you are here with us at Rice!

The OISS team

Subject: Fondren Library hours

I just wanted to reach out to share Fondren Library’s plans for the weekend.

We plan to have the library open, with minimal staffing, both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm (noon) through 6pm.

Since we will have very few library staff coming to campus, entry will be to Rice ID holders only, and through the West (Pavilion) entrance only. We won’t have adequate staff to open the East (Academic Quad) entrance. Faculty, students, and staff will need to bring their IDs to enter through the card readers.

As Hurricane Harvey bumbles about, we will be monitoring developments and updating for library hours next week: through email, our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Current Hurricane Harvey and Your Safety

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Dear Rice International Students and Scholars,

As I am sure all are aware, we are dealing with a major storm in the next few hours. Hurricane Harvey moved quicker into the Texas Gulf Coast than was ever anticipated. Heavy rain and flooding is anticipated for the next 3-4 days.

IMPORTANT: Please keep connected to this website often: https://emergency.rice.edu/

Some important notes to take into consideration for Rice internationals:

1) Do not drive in floods. You need to turn around, as Houston’s floods are extremely dangerous and life-threatening.

2) Do not come to campus when the campus is closed. The streets will be full of cars, so if you can keep from coming at all, it will help you not to get stuck in traffic.

3) Put your immigration and other important documents in a plastic bag, and keep in a safe place in your home.

4) Contact your friends and families at home to let them know how you are. The news can be quite exaggerated in news abroad . . . and it is always frightening for them to see where you are on their news.

5) There are Rice buses for Rice graduate students to go to the Target and Fiesta from 10:00am-3:00pm on Friday, August 25th. They leave from RVA and RGA.

6) Stay tuned to the local news to learn more about ever-changing news on the weather.

7) Review the resources on the Rice emergency website.

8) Please let us know how you are doing. We care about you. Stay connected with friends and loved ones, too.

Thank you for being with us at Rice, and we wish you all the best as you ride out the storm. Stay safe!!

Adria and the OISS Team

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