September 2, 2021
Dear Tulane Community:
As you may have heard, power is beginning to be restored to parts of the city and some of our campus buildings. We are grateful to the city and Entergy for this good news. To ensure a safe return to campus for our students, faculty, and staff, the university is undertaking an extensive damage assessment which will allow us to triage needed repairs and begin the process of recovery. Per City of New Orleans leadership, it is best if students, faculty and staff who evacuated remain away from the city until further notice, and entry to campus buildings is not permitted.
At this time, all buildings on all campuses remain locked down to everyone but essential personnel and contractors who are performing our damage assessments and recovery work, with the exceptions listed below:
- The Office of Environmental Health & Safety and leadership from the School of Medicine will coordinate a rolling open of labs in Hutchinson and JBJ after 1:30 p.m. today. Lab personnel will be contacted directly with details.
- The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life will be open to Tulane faculty and staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the foreseeable future to allow you to charge your devices and use Wi-Fi. Please note: access is restricted to the garden level and the first floor; staffing will be limited and no services or resources will be provided beyond basic security; food service in the Dining Room at the Commons is available only to essential personnel engaged in the recovery of our campuses; and, to ensure that our emergency and repair workers have the necessary access to conduct their work, faculty and staff are not permitted to park on Law Road, on-campus between Freret and Willow, in the Diboll Parking Garage, or in the Claiborne Avenue Lot.
Thank you for your understanding, compliance, and support during this time,
The Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response