Environmental Health & Safety

Winter Weather / Severe Weather

Flooding Lightning Tornado
Snow covered bridge


While winter weather in Wilmington is rare, it does affect UNCW occasionally. Students, faculty, and staff should be prepared if winter weather hits.

It is the policy of UNCW to maintain normal operations to the extent that this can be accomplished in a safe manner during conditions of snow and ice.

If we have snow and/or ice, the Chancellor and Crisis Decision Team will make a determination of the severity of the weather and if the University will officially close or have a delayed opening.

To find out about UNCW closings and delayed openings, call the Emergency Information Hotline at 962-3991 or toll free at 888-657-5751, check the UNCW homepage, check your e-mail, and pay close attention to local media.

Priority will be given to supporting essential services to include supporting students in residence.

  • Residential buildings are first priority when restoring telecommunications, electricity, HVAC, and plumbing.

  • Campus Dining will ensure that there are adequate stocks of food supplies on hand for students who live on campus.

Winter Storm Preparedness Brochure (PDF) from the Red Cross
Winter Storm Brochure (PDF) - Federal Emergency Management

After winter weather has occurred, UNCW emergency personnel will work to ensure the campus is safe and free of ice and snow on roadways and building entrances.

During severe weather, employees can always refer to the Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy if UNCW has not yet been closed or delayed.

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