Environmental Health & Safety

Emergency Management

UNCW's Response to COVID-19

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UNCW Emergency Management strives to integrate emergency planning, response, recovery and mitigation for a variety of man-made and natural disasters into the daily operations at UNCW. As a Disaster Resistant University, UNCW promotes a disaster resistant culture on campus through education, mitigation projects, and well-practiced emergency plans and procedures. By taking these steps, the business of education and research can continue with minimal interruption at UNCW.

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Communications Threats/Vulnerabilities
  • The UNCW homepage
  • Emails to campus inboxes
  • Phone calls and/or text messages sent via UNCWAlert. Information about the university’s emergency alerts distribution list can be found here; students, faculty and staff  are automatically included on this distribution list.
  • UNCW Facebook
  • UNCWAlert website
  • The UNCW Alert hotline: 910.962.3991 or toll-free at 888.657.5751.
  • Seahawk Warning Siren System

Find details about these communications tools here.


Emergency Management Groups and Committees

Crisis Decision Team

The Crisis Decision Team (CDT) consists of members of UNCW senior management who are responsible for communicating during disaster situations to make administrative decisions regarding canceling classes, evacuations, closing the campus, notifications to the campus community and other decisions as dictated by the situation. The CDT will conduct emergency meetings to determine a course of action based on group discussion and information provided by support personnel. The CDT will also approve any major policy changes to emergency plans as suggested by the Emergency Operations Group. CDT members and their alternates must remain on call at all times and if at any time a CDT member cannot serve on the CDT for any reason, he/she must designate an alternate to attend meetings and make pertinent decisions in his/her absence.

Emergency Planning Group

The Emergency Planning Group (EPG) is a planning and operational body that was developed to ensure a consistency in acquisition and dissemination of information and resources, and to set the official UNCW response to emergencies. This group ensures continuity of basic university services and operations during protracted incidents that require a campus-wide response. The CDT seeks out the support, guidance, and advice of the EPG members in planning for and responding to disaster situations. The EPG is composed of university officials who will make operational decisions necessary to support a disaster response. Some EPG members will staff the UNCW Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the duration of the disaster and will route communications through the EOC and make critical operation decisions as the situation warrants.

The EPG also ensures the pursuit of the DRU mission and visions of UNCW and to foster the development of a disaster resistant culture as a core value of the UNCW community.  The EPG meets regularly to review and consider disaster resistant projects at UNCW.

UNCW is a Disaster Resistant University

Since receiving $100,000 in funds under the Disaster Resistant University initiative in the year 2000, UNCW has made a conscious effort to incorporate disaster resistance into university planning, policy, and procedures. Senior officials have endorsed the commitment to becoming disaster resistant to reiterate the importance of establishing a disaster resistant culture on campus. For additional information, please visit the below links.

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UNCW is a Storm Ready University

Storm Ready

UNCW is the first university in North Carolina to receive a StormReady designation. The StormReady program was developed by the National Weather Service to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. The program uses emergency management guidelines to help improve hazardous weather operations within a community. It involves a proactive approach to readiness and incorporates requirements in the categories of communications and coordination, National Weather Service warning reception, hydrometeorolgical monitoring, warning dissemination, community preparedness, and administrative matters. According to the National Weather Service: "StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives."

For more information about the StormReady program, visit the following link:

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