Housing & Residence Life

Hurricane Dorian 2019 Updates

For the latest information on Hurricane Dorian please check in at the UNCW Hurricane Dorian page at https://uncw.edu/emergencyandsafety/dorian.html

September 6, 2019:

This message is being sent by the Office of University Relations on behalf of various campus units.
Dear Campus Community:
 
We are very happy to report that campus is in relatively good shape less than 24 hours after Hurricane Dorian reached our area, sustaining far less damage than it did during Hurricane Florence.  Crews are working hard to clear debris and return campus to its pre-storm condition as quickly as possible. Although our comprehensive evaluation is still in progress, we do not believe there is substantial damage to residence halls, academic buildings or offices, or other locations on campus. Most buildings sustained little to no damage.  
Students: You may return to residence halls beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday; without exception, access to residence halls will not be permitted before that time. Classes will resume Monday morning. Please check the websites of individual campus services regarding their reopening and hours.
 
Although some residence hall rooms did sustain minor water intrusion in the form of damp/wet ceiling tiles or walls, conditions are nothing at all like they were post-Florence. To the best of our knowledge at this point, bearing in mind we have not yet completed residence hall inspections, there does not seem to be damage to students’ personal belongings in rooms. (We will not be able to offer reports on specific residence hall floors or rooms, as personnel are occupied completing inspections.) This afternoon, equipment will be stationed outside Belk Hall and Galloway Hall and may remain in place early next week, to speed dehumidifying efforts. Please do not consider this a reason to be unduly alarmed; it’s simply to ensure we’re doing everything we can to dry out residual moisture.
 
Instructors will have flexibility in determining how to make up lost instructional time. Academic leadership will provide more information to instructors as soon as it’s available. If you do not believe you will be able to attend classes on Monday, please contact your instructors.
 
Employees: Condition 3 will expire at 5 p.m. today and condition 1 will be in place until 5 p.m. Saturday. Standard operating conditions will be in place as of 5 p.m. on Saturday. Employees should report for work on Monday as scheduled, unless they’ve been specifically instructed by their supervisors to return sooner. 
 
We ask for everyone's patience upon your return to campus. We are working hard to dry any moisture in campus buildings before Monday, but there may still be humidifying units in residence halls and other buildings next week.  There may remain minor issues along the lines of wet windowsills and ceiling tiles. If necessary, employees should follow their department/unit’s procedure for submitting work order requests. Students should report residence hall issues via Housing and Residence Life. 
 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout this weather event.
September 2, 2019:

Dear Students:

If you remain in need of an evacuation location, and you have already checked with friends about the possibility of joining them at their evacuation locations, you must contact the Office of the Dean of Students before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.  You can either email or call ODOS:DeanOfStudents@uncw.edu or (910) 962.3119. 

UNCW will be evacuating students to UNC Greensboro and UNC Charlotte, where food and shelter will be provided. Students are not able to select between UNCG and UNCC, without exception; locations will be determined by the number of students we need to accommodate. The evacuation locations will be managed by UNCW and UNCG/UNCC staff. The bus will depart at 3 p.m. sharp on Tuesday. Again, you MUST register with the Office of the Dean of Students before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday in order to secure a spot on the bus.

Further details, including the bus pickup location, will be shared with students upon registration. Any questions about this matter can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students. Thank you for your attention!

September 2, 2019:

Subject: HRL WEATHER UPDATE: floor meetings 8:30 and housing closes at 5pm on Tues

UNCW has issued a mandatory campus evacuation for all students. RAs will be holding hurricane floor meetings at 8:30 pm tonight for any residents currently on campus.  In this meeting staff will will share important evacuation information and ask you to provide your evacuation plans.  If you are out of town, you are not expected to return for this meeting but we do ask that you let your RA know your hurricane evacuation location.

Starting on Tuesday, September 3rd, all classes are canceled until further notice and university-sponsored / athletic events as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd. All on-campus housing will close at 5pm on Tuesday, September 3rd.  At that time, the buildings will be locked down and staff will conduct inspections to verify that all residents have evacuated.

 Before you depart campus, we ask that you take the following steps:

  • Take all valuables with you. This means anything of value - monetary or sentimental - and anything you could need if the evacuation continues for several days,and anything you could not bear to lose if there were to be widespread damage to our campus.
  • Clean out your fridge of any perishable items.
  • Unplug your electrical devices as power fluctuations/outages could damage plugged-in devices.
  • Consider covering items (ex: electronics) in plastic.  Trash bags will be available at your area service desk.
  • Remove items from the floor (particularly on first floors) and place them away from windows.
  • Do not put tape on or around windows or doors (this is not an effective means for protecting valuables).
  • Close and lock your windows. 

As you evacuate, stop by your area Front Desk to complete the Hurricane Sign-Out Log to provide us with your contact information and the location of your planned evacuation. 

This information is being collected so we are aware of where students are going and how to get in contact with them if it is necessary to do so on an individual basis. Please share your evacuation location with your parents/guardians so they will be aware of where you will be during the storm.

UNCW will notify students by campus email, UNCW Alert text message and/or phone call, and/or via the UNCW homepage when on-campus housing will reopen for occupancy. Please understand that following the hurricane, it may take some time to reopen campus and residential housing based on the damage to campus and/or the lingering impacts of the hurricane. Should your building/room experience significant damage, university staff and/or contract staff may need to enter your space to conduct recovery work. Also, as a reminder, UNCW does not insure or cover personal property in the event of damage or loss. We cannot stress enough the importance of bringing valuable items with you when you evacuate.

We are here to help answer any questions you may have, so please reach out to Residence Coordinator or Resident Advisor. Be safe, Seahawks!

 Thank you,

Housing and Residence Life


September 2, 2019:

Dear Resident Students:

 As you know, the university is monitoring the timeline and potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. There will be an announcement around 12 p.m. tomorrow (MONDAY) indicating whether Tuesday’s classes will be held as scheduled, delayed, or canceled.  In the meantime, we want you to feel as informed as possible in case there is a call for an evacuation. To be clear, a decision has NOT been made about a possible voluntary or mandatory evacuation. However, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what would need to occur if that decision were made. There is no need to take these steps yet. We just want you to be aware of the process IF an evacuation must occur.

Preparing Your Room (Don’t begin to do this yet – we will let you know with plenty of time before an evacuation!)

  • Clean out your fridge of any perishable items.
  • Unplug your electrical devices as power fluctuations/outages could damage plugged-in devices.
  • Consider covering items that could be damaged by water intake, like electronics, in plastic.  Trash bags will be made available at the residential service desks.
  • Remove items from the floor (particularly on first floors) and place them away from windows.
  • Do not put tape on or around windows or doors (this is not an effective means for protecting valuables).
  • Close and lock your windows. 

 We also recommend that you begin to think about what you would need to pack if there were an evacuation. Most importantly: Take all valuables with you. This means anything of value - monetary or sentimental - and anything you might need if the evacuation continues for several days. This includes medications, electronics, books and other class materials, and anything you could not bear to lose if there were to be widespread damage to our campus.

You will find the latest updates via the UNCW homepage (which may direct users to a special website of emergency updates), your UNCW email, the UNCW Facebook feed (which will often be the fastest way for university officials to provide new information - so please bookmark the feed and keep an eye on it!), and your cell phone (UNCWAlerts, in the event of an emergency or otherwise urgent notification – you are already registered for these alerts unless you have opted out!).

 If there were a call for an evacuation, RAs will schedule floor/building meetings for all residents in order to provide you with the latest information, specific instructions, and answers to any questions you may have about the evacuation’s impact on campus and housing operations. 

 Please continue to monitor your campus inbox and the university channels mentioned above for the latest information, and we’ll be sure to contact you right away if there is a significant housing update. Thank you for your patience as we all move through this weather event together.

 

Keith Wickliffe

Associate Director of Residence Life