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Special Advisory: Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017

(Updated September 11, 9:30 a.m.) While our area was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, we may yet experience wind, thunderstorms and rain as a result of the extreme outer edges of the weather system.  

Class and activities will continue as scheduled this week. You should consider your personal safety prior to travelling. If conditions are more severe in your area and you anticipate missing class, please notify your professors or supervisors immediately.  

The university has relaxed attendance policies for the week of September 11-15. While you should not be penalized for class absences, you are responsible for any content or assignments missed during classes not attended.   

The university will continue to monitor the movement of Hurricane Irma and any potential tropical disturbances that could affect our area providing updates as necessary.  

Today those affected by Hurricane Irma throughout the southeast are in our thoughts. For information on how you can help recovery efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, please contact the Office of Civic and Community Engagement 910.521.6163 or cce@uncp.edu.  

The next update on Irma's impact will be issued this evening by 6 p.m 

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(Updated September 10, 6 p.m.) As Hurricane Irma makes landfall along Florida's western coast, we would like to remind you  all campus classes and scheduled activities will continue as planned. The university will operate under normal conditions this week.  

For more information, please review this morning's update below. 


 

(Updated September 10, 2017 9:20 a.m.) With Hurricane Irma's imminent landfall on the western coast of Florida, all campus classes and scheduled activities will continue as planned. The university will operate under normal conditions this week.  

While classes have not been cancelled, we urge you to make the best decision for your personal safety. The university will relax attendance policies for the week of September 11-15. Should you have additional questions, you can submit questions to askUNCP@uncp.edu or contact the Office of Academic Affairs.   

We anticipate rain and wind early in the week as extreme outer parts of the weather system move through our area. Conditions in your area may be more severe than on campus, please contact your professors or supervisors immediately if you feel unsafe to travel.  

Should faculty, staff, parents, or students have questions, reports regarding traffic or conditions, or comments, please report those to askUNCP@uncp.edu. Answers to frequent questions will be posted at www.uncp.edu/askUNCP. All university updates will be posted to www.uncp.edu and www.uncp.edu/bravealert, please monitor closely.  

More information about the track of Hurricane Irma can be found at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Traffic information can be found at https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/RegionSummary.aspx?re=9 

The next update will be issued by 6 p.m. this evening. 

 


 

As of September 9, 2017 5:20 p.m. there has been no significant change in the forecast for our region. While it is increasingly likely our area will experience minimal impacts from Hurricane Irma, the university will continue to observe and monitor the situation closely. For additional details, links to traffic monitoring options, and the National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Irma forecast, please review the update below from this morning.

The next update will be issued tomorrow morning.


 

(Updated September 9, 2017 9:20 a.m.) Forecasters are increasingly confident of Hurricane Irma’s westward track through Florida, Georgia and into Tennessee. We would like to reiterate this does not mean our area is certain to be out of danger as hurricanes can change tracks frequently. The university will continue to monitor Irma closely along with weather and local authorities and issue updates accordingly.

Because of the significant changes in the forecast path, the university has delayed the decision about university operations to ensure the best information is available. The safety of our faculty, staff and students remains our top priority. While classes have not been cancelled, we urge you to make the best decision for your personal safety. In the event classes are not cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, the university will relax attendance policies for the week of September 11-15. 

Resident students who remain on campus will have access to campus services, including dining. Campus police will maintain a presence on campus as usual.  Should you have concerns, please contact Police and Public Safety at 910.521.6235. Resident students who remain on campus should contact their community directors regarding individual needs.

Should faculty, staff, parents, or students have questions, reports regarding traffic or conditions, or comments, please report those to askUNCP@uncp.edu. Answers to frequent questions will be posted at www.uncp.edu/askUNCP. All university updates will be posted to www.uncp.eduand www.uncp.edu/bravealert, please monitor closely.

More information about the track of Hurricane Irma can be found at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Traffic information can be found at https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/RegionSummary.aspx?re=9.

Updates are also available at www.uncp.edu/bravealert

The next update will be issued Sunday. 


 

(Updated: September 8, 2017 4:45 p.m.) Hurricane Irma’s track continues to take a more western route through Florida, Georgia and into Tennessee. We would like to reiterate this does not mean our area is certain to be out of danger as hurricanes can change tracks frequently. The university will continue to monitor Irma closely along with weather and local authorities and issue updates.

Because of the significant changes in the forecast path, the university will delay the decision about university operations to ensure the best information is available. The safety of our faculty, staff and students remains our top priority. While classes have not been cancelled, we urge you to make the best decision for your personal safety.

In the event classes are not cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, the university will relax attendance policies for the week of September 11-15. We understand some students who have returned to more western parts of the state may experience more severe impacts than our area.

If you feel staying on campus is the safest course of action, campus services, including dining, will continue. Campus police will maintain a presence on campus as usual.  Should you have concerns, please contact Police and Public Safety at 910.521.6235. Resident students who remain on campus should contact their community directors regarding individual needs.

Should faculty, staff, parents, or students have questions, reports regarding traffic or conditions, or comments, please report those to askUNCP@uncp.edu. Answers to frequent questions will be posted at www.uncp.edu/askUNCP. All updates will be posted to www.uncp.edu and www.uncp.edu/bravealert.

More information about the track of Hurricane Irma can be found at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

The next update will be issued by 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

 


 

(Updated: September 8, 2017 9:40 a.m.) At this point, there is increasing confidence that the track of Hurricane Irma will turn toward the mainland of Florida. This does not mean our area is certain to be out of danger. This hurricane may yet change course again. The university will continue to monitor Hurricane Irma closely along with weather and local authorities and issue updates until the safety of our campus and community is certain.

The safety of our faculty, staff and students remains our top priority. While classes have not been cancelled, you must make the best decision for you personally and follow the course of action you believe is right for you. 

As a precautionary measure, we recommend that students leave campus this weekend following today’s classes, and not to return until the university has issued an all-clear to ensure your safety. In the event classes are not cancelled, the university will relax attendance policies for the week of September 11-15.

If you feel that staying on campus is the safest course of action, all campus services, including dining, will continue. Campus police will maintain a presence on campus as usual. Should you have concerns, please contact Police and Public Safety at 521.6235. Resident students who remain on campus should contact their community directors should they have individual needs.

Should faculty, staff, parents, or students have questions, reports regarding traffic or conditions, or comments, please report those to AskUNCP@uncp.edu. Answers to frequent questions will be posted at uncp.edu/askUNCP. All updates will be posted to uncp.edu and uncp.edu/bravealert.

The next update will be issued at 6 p.m. this afternoon.


Updated: September 7, 5:30 p.m.

The university continues to monitor Hurricane Irma closely along with weather and local authorities. The safety of our faculty, staff and students is our top priority. We strongly advise you to begin making preparations now in the event of possible impacts to our area.

While classes have not been cancelled, you must make the best decision for you personally. Students, consult with your families; employees, consult with your supervisors. Follow the course of action you believe is right for you. 

Should students choose to leave campus following your Friday classes, we advise you not to return until the university has issued an all clear to ensure your safety. In the event classes are not cancelled, the university will not penalize you academically for absences.

The next update will be issued at 10 a.m. Friday morning.


September 7, 12:05 p.m.

#BraveNation: As the track of Hurricane Irma becomes clearer, the university has determined some impacts to our area are likely. We understand some families may require additional time to make preparations and return home or to a safe location. At the conclusion of classes on Friday, we encourage students to consider leaving campus until an all clear is issued by the university.

A decision will be made regarding the potential cancellation of classes on Monday and Tuesday no later than 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Students who take advantage of additional preparation time over the weekend will not be academically penalized for missing classes on Monday and Tuesday, should a cancellation not be necessary.

As we continue to monitor the situation, updates will be issued no later than 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

In the message below, you will find preparedness resources and remember the following:

  • Students, faculty and staff should monitor their campus email. This is often the first way the university will communicate changes in status.
  • Monitor the UNCP website and the university's social media presence on LinkedIn, InstagramFacebook and Twitter. A backup weather alert and emergency message website hosted in an alternate location is also updated and available at uncp.edu/bravealert.
  • Note the Emergency Hotline at 910.521.6888. The recorded message will give brief details about weather-related information. 
  • In the event of an emergency requiring the immediate dissemination of information (e.g., seek shelter, etc.), the university will issue a text alert and automated phone call to all individuals whose information is on file. Please take a few moments to ensure your information is accurate and updated. This information will
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your smartphone or device to receive broadcast messages regarding the weather. For more information about LiveSafe, please visit uncp.edu/livesafe.
  • Some parking areas on campus are prone to flooding. These areas will be barricaded for your safety by campus police, please do not remove barricades. If campus police request the removal of your vehicle from an area, please do so immediately.
  • Staff and faculty scheduled for university-sponsored travel should consult their immediate supervisors to determine appropriate action.
  • Downloading the ReadyNC app can offer additional resources for preparedness. The ReadyNC mobile app is an all-in-one tool to help people get ready for everything from traffic jams to hurricanes and ice storms. 

September 6, 2017 1:30 p.m.

#BraveNation: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is closely monitoring the potential risks to campus due to Hurricane Irma.

Currently, the university is operating on a normal schedule. Campus administrators will continue to evaluate the situation in coordination with weather authorities and local authorities. Should forecasts indicate a potentially dangerous situation, the university will take every precaution to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

The university will issue updates on Hurricane Irma as weather authorities release significant details on its path and expected impact to our area. Please be advised that the course of this storm has changed frequently since its development and could change again. It is important that you monitor all communication to ensure you have the most accurate information available. All updates will be posted in chronological order, beginning with the most recent first.

Please take a moment to review these hurricane preparation recommendations from UNCP's Office of Environmental Health and Safety. 

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