Smatresk: "UNT is equipped and prepared to open an emergency shelter for evacuees"



As UNT starts a new academic year, President Neal Smatresk is asking for university community members to be flexible and compassionate with those affected by Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm.

"Some of our students from Houston and South Texas had plans to arrive in Denton over the weekend, but instead find themselves trapped by the storm with flooded homes and neighborhoods and no way to evacuate," Smatresk said. "Other students did arrive on campus prior to the storm, but likely are worried about friends and family who are being impacted."

Smatresk is also asking faculty and staff members to help affected students successfully transition into the new semester, and says the university is ready for evacuees if necessary.

"With more rain predicted in the Houston area this week, UNT is equipped and prepared to open an emergency shelter for evacuees, if and when we are asked," Smatresk said. "Our university is a community of great compassion and we will support the impacted individuals in every way we can. These charities are accepting donations to help survivors rebuild."

UNT plans on collecting donations for the American Red Cross at Saturday's football game against Lamar.

Counseling services for students can be taken advantage of by calling 940-565-2741 and the Dean of Students office is available at 940-565-2648. Faculty and staff can reach the Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-343-3822.

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