UT Houston Emergency Communications

This website is designed to provide the UT Houston Emergency community with the most current information about campus building, school and information systems status.

Be prepared for hazardous weather

Stay informed of local weather conditions, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service, view area evacuation maps and current Houston traffic conditions.

In a serious weather emergency, UT Houston Emergency employees and students may find out whether the institution is officially open by the following means:

  • Tune in to local radio and television stations.
  • Employees with offices in the Medical School, UT Professional Building or Jesse Jones Library Building may call 713-512-4534.
  • Psychiatric Center employees should call 713-512-4534.
  • All other employees and students may call 713-512-4534.
  • Closings and other emergency conditions will be posted on the www.uthoustonemergency.org website.
  • If Houston phone numbers listed above are out-of-order, please call toll-free, 1-866-237-3254 for university closure information.

If these communication media are out of order or do not provide adequate information, employees should call their supervisors. All employees and supervisors are reminded to keep home phone numbers with them at home so that they can reach each other in case of emergency.

Supervisors should exercise their best judgment in allowing UT Houston Emergency employees to use appropriate leave time in the event of family emergencies or concerns about getting to work safely. Employees should discuss their situation with their supervisor.

Employees defined by their department as “essential” and employees and students with clinical obligations at hospitals and other locations should check with their supervisors.


If the university is closed, formal classes will be cancelled.

At the Dental Branch, in case of unanticipated absence necessitating cancellation of patient appointments, it is the students’ responsibility to notify their patients.

At the Medical School, third- and fourth-year students should check with their attendings for instructions.

At the School of Nursing, for master’s level students in the nurse anesthesia program, if the hospital is open, the students are expected to meet their clinical obligations.

At the School of Public Health, anyone with clinical duties is still required to fulfill those duties.

Essential Employees

Essential employees have been designated by their department heads as essential to the continued performance of their department and/or the university.

Essential employees include faculty and staff who are required to sustain clinical services and/or who are responsible for the protection of university assets. Essential Employees will be required to report to their designated work site during their appointed work schedule even when the institution has been officially declared closed due to adverse conditions.

If an essential employee cannot report to work, she/he must contact her/his direct supervisor to advise of her/his situation as soon as possible.

Business Continuity

Based upon past experience, 30 days post event is the most critical time-frame with regard to immediate recovery decisions, resource procurement, and the establishment of temporary means and locations of essential functions.

The UT Houston Emergency Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is intended to describe actions and decision-making capabilities for that time frame by suggesting enhanced pre-event strategies to reduce or eliminate the impacts of emergencies at the local operational level.

This process is on-going within the clinical, educational, and research mission areas with the assistance of Environmental Health and Safety. This element of the BCP is intended to provide a guide to essential institutional infrastructure services for the UT Houston Emergency community in the event normal operations are curtailed due to the occurrence of an event.

Disability & Weather Emergencies

If you or a family member has a disability and needs help to prepare to leave your home or shelter in place, visit this website to see hurricane planning tips for people with disabilities, their family members and caregivers, as well as information for emergency planning and response.

More Information

For more information see University Closure in Severe Weather in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOOP) or the Emergency Management Plan PDF.