Thoughts and Prayers for Those Affected by Hurricane Ian

TO: Gonzaga Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President
SUBJ: Thoughts & Prayers – for Those Impacted by Hurricane Ian
DATE: September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian made landfall yesterday afternoon near Fort Myers on the southwestern coast of Florida. Ian moved across Florida with sustained winds nearing 150 miles per hour and impacted large portions of the state with extreme storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flooding. At least 15 people have died from the storm and today officials say Ian could be the largest natural disaster in Florida history.

The storm is now in the Atlantic and its intensity is again picking up as it tracks toward another landfall in South Carolina tomorrow. Damage and devastation are predicted to be widespread and the deep impact on lives, homes, and businesses is expected to be severe and prolonged.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those members of our Gonzaga community from Florida and the Southeast, and those who have family and friends affected by this natural disaster. If there are any students or community members suffering from this or other traumatic experiences, please consider reaching out for support, so that we can be of assistance to you.

Here are just some of the departments that are prepared to provide support and resources:

Center for Cura Personalis
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(509) 313-2227

Health and Counseling Services
Monday – Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 10:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(509) 313-4052

Office of Mission and Ministry
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(509) 313-4242

After Hours

For 24-hour assistance, please contact Campus Security at (509) 313-2222. Campus Security will direct you to the Student Development on-call professional.

Online Resources

An online wellness toolbox is available with various resources, including a section on grief.

First Call for Help

Phone (509) 838-4428 for assistance. This 24-hour resource is available to provide a supportive listener, immediate help for individuals in crisis, and connection to community resources.