GW prepares campus for NATO summit

The University will conduct “business as usual” this weekend as the city hosts a summit to commemorate NATO’s 50th anniversary.

Administrators made note of which community facilitators will be in town this weekend, but no other special precautions are being made, said Linda Donnels, GW’s associate vice president and dean of students.

“We wanted to identify who’s going to be on campus in case we need them,” Donnels said. “We’re always prepared for crisis response in case we need it.”

Donnels said the University cautions students to be aware of their surroundings when traveling in the city this weekend. Students should keep their GWorld cards with them wherever they go, she said.

At GW Hospital, officials are making sure the emergency room is staffed appropriately, in case an emergency arises during the summit.

“The emergency room will function as normal,” said Lisa Saisslin, director of marketing and public relations at the hospital. “It’s ready to go.”

GW Medical Center finalized plans with the Department of State April 8 to provide pro bono on-site medical aid at the summit.

“It seems especially appropriate for us to mark NATO’s anniversary by giving such a potentially valuable gift to summit participants,” GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said in a medical center press release. “We of course are honored to offer the University’s support to this historic conference in our city.”

Under the University’s agreement with the government, summit participants will receive on-site care from GW medical personnel, as well as 24-hour medical referral and advice.

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