UNCW Emergency Announcements

Caution: Heat Advisory Today and Through the Week, July 24-27

posted Aug 1, 2012, 5:51 AM by joy davis

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for UNCW and surrounding areas from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 24. Temperatures will climb into the upper 90s or higher this afternoon. Combined with high humidity, these temps will produce heat index values from 105 to 109 degrees. As these conditions are expected to last for several days, caution is advised throughout the week. Excessive heat can be dangerous, with several days of it taking a cumulative toll on the body. 

Symptoms of heat-related illness include dehydration, exhaustion, dizziness, fever and fainting.
To reduce the chance of heat-related illness:

­  - Limit time outdoors

­   - Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours

­   - Monitor yourself and others for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

­   - Wear light weight, loose fitting clothing

­   - Drink plenty of water

­   - Schedule frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments if working outdoors in high heat

 

Anyone overcome by the heat should be immediately moved to a cool and shaded location. For more information about heat stress, visit http://uncw.edu/emergencyandsafety/heatstress.html. For more information, contact Environmental Health & Safety at (910) 962-3057.

ALL CLEAR Issued for Campus

posted Jul 9, 2012, 8:52 AM by joy davis

UNCW Alert! Sent on 9 Jul 2012. As of July 9, 2012 at 1:20 a.m., an ALL CLEAR has been issued for the UNC Wilmington campus in regards to the report issued around midnight by University Police.

Law enforcement officers have cleared the scene. The previous warning has been lifted.

In future incidents, monitor your cell phone, email, UNCW homepage (www.uncw.edu), UNCWAlert page (www.uncw.edu/alert), the Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751, and local media.

Armed Suspect Near Campus

posted Jul 9, 2012, 8:51 AM by joy davis

UNCW Alert! Sent on JULY 9 2012 at 12:03 am.

University Police have received reports of an armed suspect on campus near Hurst Drive.


Avoid this area if possible and use caution while traveling on campus. Take shelter in a secure location and stay away from windows and secure doors if concerned. Emergency personnel are responding to the situation.

Please do not contact the University to seek additional information, as university officials and emergency responders are busy addressing safety concerns. Excessive phone calls may delay response.


Monitor your cell phone, email, UNCW homepage (www.uncw.edu), UNCWAlert page (www.uncw.edu/alert), the Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751, and local media. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available.

Siren Growl Test Friday, June 15

posted Jun 25, 2012, 11:24 AM by Kevin Madsen

On Friday, June 15 at 3 p.m., UNCW will conduct a growl test of the Seahawk Warning Siren System. A growl is a short activation of the five campus sirens that lasts approximately 30 seconds at a partial volume. This test will help ensure that the sirens are working properly.

 

No action will be required when the growl sound is heard during a test. The Seahawk Warning Siren System is an outdoor emergency warning tool and may not be audible inside all university buildings. If the siren sounds in an actual emergency, immediately take shelter indoors, seek further information and wait for an all-clear notification.
 
In a real emergency, emergency notifications may be sent in conjunction with the siren. To sign up to receive emergency notifications on your phone:

1.      Log into mySeaPort.

2.      Scroll down and click "Register to Receive UNCW Emergency Texts" in the left-hand navigation.

3.      Provide/update personal contact information.

4.      Click “Submit.”

For more information on the Seahawk Warning Siren System, visit http://www.uncw.edu/ehs/siren.html.

Be Prepared: Hurricane Season Begins June 1

posted Jun 13, 2012, 11:30 AM by joy davis

The 2012 Hurricane Season officially begins today, June 1, and will last through November 30. Based on the forecast models of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, this year's storm season is predicted to be near normal, with a 70 percent chance of nine to 15 named storms. Four to eight of those storms are projected to be hurricanes.

The key to a safe hurricane season is preparation. As seen with the development of tropical storms Alberto and Beryl this month, the campus and community should be prepared for tropical activity at any time during the year.

The university prepares year-round for hurricane season, and asks that all departments and individuals help ensure their safety and that of students by taking the following steps this week and throughout the year:

  • Review emergency plans, including those specific to hurricane operations, and related materials provided on the UNCW hurricane website.
  • Make sure all employees are familiar with safety information, provide training for new employees about hurricane preparation procedures, and print and post safety materials for employees with limited web access.
  • Update staffing changes and emergency contact information.
  • Ensure a supply of plastic trash bags is on hand for distribution to all staff to cover equipment and supplies in advance of a hurricane.
  • Check emergency supply inventory. Order any needed items. Make personnel aware of these supplies and where they are stored.
  • Remind all employees of key UNCW Alert communication tools used in the event of a hurricane emergency. Students, faculty and staff should check email, the Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991, the UNCW Alert website and local media for updates related to closings, schedule changes, issues with travel on campus or use of the Adverse Weather Policy.
  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to voluntarily sign up for emergency notification messages. To do so, log into mySeaPort, click “Register to Receive UNCW Emergency Texts” in the left-hand navigation and provide/update personal contact information. This information will be used only for emergency notifications and periodic tests of the UNCW Alert system.

Faculty and staff, check @UNCW frequently for additional hurricane preparedness tips and instructions.

Other resources:
National Hurricane Center:
www.nhc.noaa.gov/
UNCW Hurricane Information:
http://uncw.edu/ehs/hurricanes.html
UNCW Emergency Management: www.uncw.edu/emergencymanagement

If you have questions or need more information, contact Environmental Health & Safety at x23057.

Man with Rifle Reported Near Carleton Place Off Campus; Take Shelter Immediately

posted Dec 3, 2011, 8:06 PM by joy davis

A man with a rifle was seen in the vicinity of Carleton Place, near the UNCW campus. Take shelter immediately and seek further information. Monitor your phone, the UNCW home page, the Emergency Information Hotline at 888-657-5751 and local media for updates as information is available.

Gunman on Campus -- Take Shelter

posted Nov 14, 2011, 9:47 PM by joy davis

A gunman is/Gunmen are on the UNCW main campus now, Hardee's just off campus, 1158 PM, Monday, November 14, 2011. Immediately go to a safe and secure location. Stay away from windows. Lock doors. Emergency personnel are responding. Additional information will follow when available. Monitor your phone, the UNCW homepage, www.uncw.edu/alert, the Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751 and local media.

THIS IS A TEST of the UNCW Alert emergency notification system

posted Oct 18, 2011, 12:26 PM by joy davis

THIS IS A TEST of the UNCW Alert emergency notification system at 12:05 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. This is ONLY a test of the Seahawk Warning Siren System and UNCW Alert emergency communication tools. No action needs to be taken at this time.

 

When the siren sounds in an actual emergency, seek shelter immediately and stay sheltered until the all clear tone sounds. Monitor your cell phone, the UNCW homepage, www.uncw.edu/alert, the Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751 and local media for updated information.

Siren and Emergency Communications Test Scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19 at Noon

posted Sep 19, 2011, 9:01 AM by joy davis

On Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at noon, UNCW will conduct a full volume test of the Seahawk Warning Siren System and UNCW Alert emergency communication tools. The test will include text messages, automated phone calls, a blast email and more.

 Students, faculty and staff will only receive UNCW Alert emergency text messages and voice mails during the test or in a real emergency by voluntarily registering for the service via mySeaPort:

  1. Login to mySeaport.
  2. Click “Register to Receive UNCW Emergency Texts” on the left-hand side of the page.
  3. Enter your personal contact information (which will be secure and will only be used for emergency communications).
  4. Click “Submit.”

 The siren test will last approximately 4 to 5 minutes. No action is required when the siren sounds at this time. The Seahawk Warning Siren System is an outdoor emergency warning tool and may not be audible inside all university buildings. If the siren sounds in an actual emergency, immediately take shelter indoors, seek further information and wait for an all-clear notification. For more information, contact UNCW Environmental Health & Safety at 910.962.3057 or visit www.uncw.edu/siren.

 In an actual emergency, refer to the UNCW homepage, the UNCW Alert site, www.uncw.edu/alert and the UNCW Alert Emergency Information Hotline at 888.657.5751 for the most up-to-date information.

UNCW Campus Curfew Lifted: Campus Facilities to Reopen at 2 p.m.

posted Aug 30, 2011, 5:11 AM by joy davis

12 Noon EST, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 UPDATE: The UNCW campus continues to assess damage and restore services after Hurricane Irene. The campus curfew will be lifted and students may leave the residence halls at 12 noon. The campus will reopen at 2 p.m., with services available in Randall Library, Fisher Student Center, Fisher University Union and Wagoner Dining Hall. Campus Dining will provide food services for students on campus.

 

The Emergency Operations Center is conducting building assessments and responding to reports of downed trees, power outages and roof leaks. Leak repair and removal of trees and limbs is taking place to prepare for the 2 p.m. opening of campus.  Students are asked to only go to those buildings on campus that have reopened with services, and to use caution when traveling on and off campus. Please limit travel in order to ensure your safety and not hamper assessment and recovery efforts taking place on campus and throughout the county.

 

Irene is now a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph over Pamlico Sound. Gale force winds continue to occur on campus with gusts to tropical storm force. Winds will diminish now through 3 p.m., with scattered rain expected through 2 p.m. UNCW received about 6 inches of rain. Approximately 20 trees were downed, with 60 trees damaged and numerous major limbs fallen.

 

Students, faculty and staff should anticipate that classes and offices will operate on a normal schedule Monday, Aug. 29.

 

For additional updates, onitor the UNCW homepage, the UNCW Alert website, the Emergency Information Hotline at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751, and local media.

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