Seahawk Safety


In an emergency, dial 911

The safety of our faculty, staff, students and guests is always UNCW's top priority. To learn more about the ways the university protects our community, consult the resources below.

Emergency Information Channels

The channels below may be utilized in the event of a campus or regional emergency. Please bookmark these pages for easy access in the event of an emergency:

  • Sirens: Five outdoor warning sirens (mechanical tone only).
  • The UNCW homepage: This is the official source, along with the university’s social media feeds, of emergency information and statements/responses from the university. Other units on campus may share information posted on the homepage and via these feeds. Please be sure you are relying on only official university messaging during emergency situations, and don’t assume something is accurate because you read about it on social media via non-UNCW sources.
  • Emails to employees and students via their 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 are automatically included on this distribution list, but faculty and staff must opt in.
  • UNCW Social Media Channels: Please note that social media, and Facebook in particular, is often the fastest way for students, employees and parents to receive updates, which are usually posted in conjunction with campus emails to students and employees. This is because these are sometimes the fastest communication channels for university officials to update, especially in the event of a widespread weather event. UNCW Twitter and UNCW Instagram will often be utilized to supplement the messaging found on the UNCW Facebook page.
  • UNCWAlert is a special website devoted to emergency updates during long-term emergencies. Users who visit during an emergency will likely be directed to the UNCWAlert site for all the latest information.
  • The UNCW Alert hotline: 910.962.3991, or toll-free at 888.657.5751. The hotline is activated only in situations of a full-scale safety or weather emergency. It reflects information already available via the online resources listed above and is meant to serve those who don’t have easy web access.

When the Siren Sounds

  • Seek shelter indoors. Close windows and doors.
  • Seek information from official UNCW sources of communication. Information will be posted and disseminated as soon as possible.
  • Wait for an "all clear" siren or message.
  • More information is available at

For Interpersonal Safety Support

  • In an emergency, dial 911.
  • For support in situations involving relationship violence, call 910.962.CARE (2273) or 910.512.4821 and refer to the CARE Office website 
  • For support in situations involving harassment, refer to the Title IX Office website.