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UPDATED: August 24, 2011 3:52:07 PM EDT
FORMAL NOTICE: Hurricane Irene Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The National Weather Service predicts that the North Carolina coast may feel the effects of Hurricane Irene by this weekend. The impact on central North Carolina, including the Triangle area, remains uncertain.

University officials are closely monitoring reports from emergency management agencies and state officials and taking precautions to keep the campus community safe.

At this time, we don't expect Hurricane Irene to affect campus operations. If conditions change, look for announcements on http://www.unc.edu/, http://www.alertcarolina.unc.edu/ and through other communications including text messages, if the situation warrants. If you have not registered your cell phone to receive text messages about emergencies from the University, go to www.alertcarolina.unc.edu and click on "Register Your Cell Phone."

For now, we ask that students contact their families to share information about where they plan to be in the event of a storm and how they can be reached. We also 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. If an emergency affects the Carolina campus, you can register as "safe and well" by going to www.redcross.org/safeandwell and following the registration instructions. Concerned family and friends can search the list to read your message.

In addition, we urge everyone to visit

http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html to review basic information about how to prepare for a hurricane.

Employees (both SPA and EPA non-faculty) are reminded about the University's Adverse Weather Policies (http://hr.unc.edu/hottopics/adverseweather). Emergency employees are expected to report for work. Unless the University officially closes due to adverse weather, all other employees are responsible for their regular work shifts, must make up time missed or apply appropriate leave and, as always, 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.

The sirens will only sound during a life-threatening emergency. One scenario for siren activation is a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service for Orange County. Be prepared to take cover immediately. The sirens also broadcast brief public address announcements with similar instructions.(Other scenarios for sirens include an armed and dangerous person on or near campus, a major chemical spill or hazard, or another emergency as determined by the Department of Public Safety.)

For more campus safety information, see http://alertcarolina.unc.edu.

Sincerely,

The Department of Public Safety

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