Formal Notice: Campus Precautions for Tropical Storm Hanna

While forecasters are predicting now that Tropical Storm Hanna's impact in our area may be limited to rain and wind tomorrow night or early Saturday, the University is taking precautions to keep the campus community safe. Please take the potential for threatening weather seriously.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

While forecasters are predicting now that Tropical Storm Hanna's impact in our area may be limited to rain and wind tomorrow night or early Saturday, the University is taking precautions to keep the campus community safe. Please take the potential for threatening weather seriously. Pay attention to changing conditions that could affect your safety. The University is closely tracking reports from emergency management agencies about Tropical Storm Hanna, as well as Hurricane Ike and Tropical Storm Josephine. Hurricane watches have been issued today for the North Carolina coastline.

At this time, we don't expect Hanna to affect campus operations. If conditions change, look for announcements on www.unc.edu, www.alertcarolina.unc.edu and through other communications including text messages (for those who have registered cell phones on www.alertcarolina.unc.edu). We'll share more information as needed about Ike and Josephine next week.

For now, we ask that students pay close attention to possible dangerous conditions outside on Friday night. Of particular concern is the potential for falling trees or limbs to harm people outside during rain and wind. Use good judgment.

Employees (both SPA and EPA non-faculty) are reminded about the University's Adverse Weather Policies (http://hr.unc.edu/hottopics/adverseweather). Emergency employees should report for work. Other employees are responsible for their regular duties, must make up time missed and must make their own decisions about coming to work based on personal safety.

The University uses three main adverse weather operating conditions:
Condition I (open), Condition II (classes cancelled, offices open) or Condition III (classes cancelled, offices closed). Reports of state government closings do not apply to the University.

Emergency Sirens and Text Messages

The sirens, now at five campus locations, will only sound during a life-threatening emergency. One scenario for siren activation is a tornado sighted in the area. Be prepared to take cover immediately. The sirens also broadcast brief public address announcements with similar instructions. (The other scenarios for sirens are an armed and dangerous person on or near campus; a major chemical spill or hazard; an "all clear" signal or a test.)

If the sirens sound - or if other conditions warrant - the University will send a text message alert to students, faculty and staff who have registered their cell phones with text capability in the online campus directory. You may keep the number private; we'll only send a text message in emergencies or tests. To register, go to www.alertcarolina.unc.edu and click on "Register Your Cell Phone."