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Get the latest information from the school regarding emergency situations including inclement weather, the coronavirus pandemic, etc.

Emergency weather

Inclement weather conditions or natural disasters severe enough to cause closure are very rare, but when they do occur, GSBS policy is as follows:

  • With regard to lectures, didactic classes and other official on-campus school functions, the GSBS will close when our first parent institution (UTHealth or MD Anderson) closes, and re-open when the last one re-opens. The GSBS web site will give the current status of classes.
  • Students should follow their faculty advisor’s institutional policies to determine when to return/report to their laboratories.

Personal Refuge:  UTHealth and MD Anderson are not equipped to serve as a shelter during a hurricane or other emergency situation. Only ride-out team members (whose job responsibilities require their presence on a 24-hour basis) will be permitted access to facilities. Family members and pets will not be permitted to shelter at any UTHealth or MD Anderson facility during a hurricane or other emergency situation.

Students should check the following websites:

For students working at MD Anderson:

For students working at UTHealth:

Faculty, staff and students can also log onto for a complete list of area closings, including UTHealth schools.

Click here to view and download the GSBS Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Click here to view the NWS Hurricane Guide.

Click here for hurricane preparedness info from UTHealth Houston (requires UTHealth Houston login to access off campus).

Click here for hurricane preparedness info from MD Anderson (may require MD Anderson credentials to access).

Other sources of information:

Digital & Print Media

Traffic Incidents and Road Closures

Television Channels

Radio Stations

Telephone Numbers

  • Call (toll-free) 1-866-237-0107 for UTHealth closure
  • Call 713-792-7464 for MD Anderson closure

Institutional Text Alert Systems

  • UTHealth ALERT (UTHealth intranet page. Requires UTHealth login to access.)
  • MD Anderson alerts (MD Anderson intranet page. Requires MD Anderson login to access.)