Call 911

Call 911 if you see anything that needs an immediate police, fire or emergency response.

  • A suspicious person or someone posing a threat
  • Assault or immediate danger of an assault
  • Any display of a weapon
  • Any threats to harm one’s self or others
  • Other crimes in progress
  • Severe injuries, illnesses or someone choking or drowning
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Chemical spills
  • Suspicious object or package
  • Unusual odors

Every second counts. When you dial 911 from a UNC phone or Emergency Call Box, the call goes directly to UNC Public Safety for immediate response from campus and coordination with other authorities.

If You Hear the Emergency Sirens

That signals a life-threatening situation such as an armed and dangerous person in the area, a major chemical spill or hazard, or a tornado warning for Orange County issued by the National Weather Service.

Be prepared to follow specific instructions including:

  • Seek shelter inside now and stay until further notice.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

When the danger is over, the siren system will signal all clear.

Suspicious Person

  • Don’t physically confront the person or block their access to an exit.
  • Don’t allow anyone to enter a locked building or office.
  • Call 911. Describe the person and where they were going.

Suspicious Object or Package

  • Don’t touch or disturb the item.
  • Call 911.

Bomb Threat

  • Remain calm.
  • Get as much information as possible from a threatening caller – location of explosive device, when the device was placed or other details.
  • Call 911 and follow emergency officials’ instructions.


  • Help evacuate those who need help from the immediate area.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm and call 911.
  • Confine the fire by closing windows and doors.
  • Use a fire extinguisher if you’ve been trained and it’s safe.
  • Evacuate the building. Stay out until emergency personnel say it’s ok.

Building Evacuation

  • When the fire alarm is activated, evacuation is mandatory – even if you don’t smell smoke.
  • Don’t use the elevators.
  • Take personal belongings (keys, wallets, purses, identification)
  • Follow directions given by emergency responders.
  • Help people with disabilities.

Adverse Weather

For up-to-date adverse weather information:

  • Monitor the University’s Web page,, for announcements about any change in operations.
  • Call the Adverse Weather and Emergency Phone Line, 843-1234 (recorded information).
  • Be prepared to seek shelter inside in severe conditions until University officials signal it’s safe to leave. Have a plan for getting back together with fellow students or employees.
  • During thunderstorms, don’t handle electrical equipment.
  • During hurricane threats or tornado warnings, seek shelter inside, stay away from windows and doors, move to an interior hallway on a lower floor, and get under sturdy furniture.
  • During floods, don’t walk through flowing water or drive through flooded areas. Stay away from electrical power lines.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Become familiar with the evacuation plans for the buildings you use – in residence halls, classroom buildings, libraries, dining halls and offices. Many of these plans are posted. 
  • Those working with petroleum or hazardous materials should keep spill clean-up supplies nearby.
  • Have access to a battery-powered weather radio.
  • Contact the Department of Environment, Health and Safety for fire extinguisher training. Instruction covers basic fire behavior and how to apply fire extinguisher techniques in different situations. (See 
  • Discuss preparedness plans with family and friends.

Important UNC Contact Information

Public Safety 911 (emergency), 962-8100 (non-emergency)

Department of Environment, Health and Safety, 962-5507

For students who might need counseling or help: Dean of Students, 966-4042

For a concern about a coworker, call Employee and Management Relations in Human Resources, 843-3444, or the University’s Employee Assistance Program (services are provided by ComPsych EAP Service 24 hours a day),  877-314-5841.

Alert Carolina Web site, (for emergency announcements and resource information)

Adverse Weather and Emergency Phone Line, 843-1234 (recorded information)