WEATHER ALERT: UNCW Adjusts Students’ Drop-Off Schedule and Employees’ Return-to-Work Date Due to Hurricane Isaias

Friday, July 31, 2020

This message is being sent by the Office of University Relations on behalf of Environmental Health & Safety, Human Resources, and Housing and Residence Life. 
Dear Campus Community:
Based on National Weather Service forecasts, Hurricane Isaias has the potential to impact southeastern North Carolina Sunday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 4. It is too soon to determine the extent of those impacts, but tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and rip currents are expected. 
Given the potential for weather impacts Aug. 2-4, the university is taking the actions below at this time. Note: The storm is not expected to affect the university’s academic programs. Classes are not in session now; they begin on Aug. 19 for the fall semester. 
  • Students who have signed up for a Drop-Off time on Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 may be affected by storm impacts. We encourage you to schedule an earlier date this weekend or to consider a time on Wednesday, Aug. 5. You can reschedule your time through Signup Genius as found on our Move-In website.  It is our intention to communicate any Drop-Off time cancellations on Saturday afternoon.
  • Summer students who are currently living on campus should monitor your campus email inbox for specific storm guidance from Housing & Residence Life.
Employees working remotely who were scheduled to return to campus on Monday, Aug. 3 should continue to work remotely unless otherwise instructed by your supervisors. Employees who have been working on campus should not report to campus on Monday unless instructed to do so by your supervisors. Condition 1 of the Adverse Weather Policy will be in effect on Monday, Aug. 3. If there is a change in condition, employees will be notified right away, via email, the UNCW homepage, and social media feeds.
Most campus events were previously canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Some virtual events may continue to take place. Please visit specific event websites for more information.
Emergency Communications
The potential path and impacts of Hurricane Isaias will continue to evolve over the next 48 hours. Please continue to monitor your UNCW inbox, the UNCW homepage, and social media feeds (Facebook and Twitter) for university announcements. These communication channels are updated as simultaneously as possible, but please continue to pay close attention to your UNCW inbox and Facebook as they are the sources of information that will likely be updated first in the case of developments. The weather hotline (888.657.5751) has been activated, but please remember the hotline features the information that has already been disseminated via these other channels; it is in operation for those who may not have internet service for access to the homepage or email. 
In the event of an urgent situation (such as a tornado warning), the university will activate the UNCW Alert system. Student phone numbers are automatically registered to receive UNCWAlert emergency notifications by voice and text message. Students should follow these instructions to review or update their contact numbers. Parents and the public have the option to sign up for UNCWAlert notifications via this website. UNCW strongly encourages faculty and staff to register for these alerts; please see these instructions (PDF) to register for the service. All students and employees should keep cell phones charged and powered on for the duration of the storm. 
Thank you for your continued attention to UNCW’s weather updates. 
National Hurricane Center