Wilmington, N.C. – The 2015 hurricane season officially begins June 1 and lasts through November 30. As North Carolina’s coastal university, UNCW has well-prepared and federally compliant hurricane procedures in place, according to the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S).
“UNCW has faced many tropical systems since its founding,” said Eric Griffin, emergency management coordinator. “We have a well-rehearsed Hurricane Operations Plan in place, enabling campus personnel to respond quickly to any situation.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted a “below-normal season” for 2015. Hurricane season forecasts are useful tools, Griffin said, because they remind the campus community to prepare for tropical weather. It only takes one storm making landfall in the area to impact lives and property, he added.
EH&S professionals collaborate with the Wilmington office of the National Weather Service to monitor Atlantic Ocean storms and their potential impact on campus. They also work closely with emergency management agencies at the local and state levels to prepare for efficient and effective responses in the event of any emergency, including severe weather.
Modern storm tracking services offer the university useful information for planning several days in advance. In the event of tropical weather in the vicinity of the UNCW main campus or satellite locations, the Office of University Relations and EH&S work together to keep the campus community informed of delays, closings and other weather-related information.
In the event of emergency situations, UNCW utilizes several communication tools, such as the university homepage and UNCW Alert website, social media and the UNCW Alert hotline. EH&S encourages faculty, staff and students to register for UNCW Alert mass phone calls and text messages, which are sent during urgent situations, Griffin explained.
UNCW Emergency Communication Tools
Additional Tools for Urgent Situations