Adverse Weather: Preparations and Precautions for Hurricane Florence

The National Weather Service predicts that North Carolina may feel the effects of Hurricane Florence in the coming days. The impacts on specific areas within North Carolina, including the Triangle area, remain uncertain.

University officials are closely monitoring reports from emergency management agencies and state officials and taking precautions to keep the campus community safe and well-informed about changes in weather conditions that may impact the local area.

There are no current changes to campus operations. However, if conditions change, look for announcements on,, and through other communications including email and text messages. If you have not registered your cell phone to receive text messages about emergencies from the University, go to and click on “Register” in the banner. You can also download LiveSafe, the University’s emergency safety app. For more information, visit

We remind everyone that weather conditions such as this can produce dangerous situations on roadways and sidewalks, and if conditions worsen, downed powerlines and tree branches could occur. Be cautious of flooded walkways and roadways and do not approach downed powerlines. Stay away from storm drains and drainage systems: turn around, don’t drown. Also, watch for missing manhole covers or other ground-level dangers. Stay inside if these serious conditions are encountered.

We encourage you to tell family and friends now about the American Red Cross Safe and Well List website, so they will know how to get your “safe and well” message in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you can register on the website.

We urge everyone to visit or to review basic information about how to prepare for a hurricane.

For more campus safety information, visit

In the event of an emergency on campus, please call 9-1-1. In a non-emergency, contact UNC Police at 919-962-8100.