Emergency and safety information

Emergency Tips
  • Register your phone with Alert Carolina.
  • Know the safe locations within our campus buildings.
  • Know evacuation routes and meeting places.
  • Know your department's emergency coordinator.
Being prepared for any hazard that may hit us — whether large or small in scope, natural or not — is a priority of our School.

School hazards
Our School runs building sirens if there is a threat in our building that requires evacuation.

Campus and weather hazards

  • UNC sirens will sound if the University issues an emergency warning. Situations include the presence of an armed and dangerous person, major chemical spill or tornado warning (learn more about the sirens). If you are inside a building or driving in a car, you may not hear the sirens, which are intended to be heard by people who are outdoors.
  • The University uses multiple methods of emergency notification, such as text messages, for those who are registered with the Alert Carolina system and other methods as described on the Alert Carolina website.
  • To receive Alert Carolina text messages, please visit the Alert Carolina website. We urge all members of the SPH community to register your cell phones now.
  • When you receive an Alert Carolina notification, please share the information with those around you. Don’t assume that others also have heard the siren or received the message. You may save someone’s life.
  • When an Alert Carolina warning is issued, classes should cease and not resume until an “all clear” is announced. Please follow the instructions that accompany the warning message.
  • An “all clear” announcement will be made by siren and text to let you know when it is safe to resume regular activities. The School’s leadership and designated emergency coordinators will assist in spreading the “all clear” message when the emergency has passed.

Tornado information


Tornado or severe weather WATCH: Conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

  • When a watch is in effect, be aware and ready for a possible tornado or severe weather warning (or several warnings throughout the day).
  • Be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions, listen for warning sirens, and stay tuned to media channels that will have the most up-to-date weather information.
  • Know the location of safe areas in your building, more than one route to your location, and the name of your department’s emergency coordinator.

Tornado or severe weather WARNING: A tornado has been sighted or dangerous severe weather is present or approaching.

  • When a warning is in effect, seek shelter in interior spaces on the lowest floor of your building, away from windows and doors.
  • In our campus buildings, the safest shelter areas are (see maps below):
    • Basement of Rosenau Hall
    • First floor of McGavran-Greenberg hallways or inside classrooms 1301, 1304 and 1305
    • Ground floor of Michael Hooker Research Center inside storage room 0005 or inside the ground floor restrooms.
  • Pass along to others any weather updates you receive.
  • Stay put until an all-clear is given.
  • Lab occupants should close and seal all chemicals, and place all hazardous materials in primary containment.
  • Lab occupants may also want to move valuable or sensitive equipment or materials away from windows and shutdown and unplug sensitive electrical instruments.

Safe locations in campus buildings


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Emergency coordinators


Emergency coordinators (PDF)

Department Coordinator Office Assembly point for building evacuations
McGavran-Greenberg Hall
1st Floor – HPM Nancy Beach 1107 McGavran-Greenberg D (see map below)
2nd Floor – EPID Sharon Sullivan 2101C McGavran-Greenberg C (see map)
2nd Floor – NUTR Terrie Church 2201B McGavran-Greenberg C (see map)
3rd Floor – BIOS Monika Caruso 3101 McGavran-Greenberg C (see map)
3rd Floor – ESE Doug Wait 3206 McGavran-Greenberg C (see map)
4th Floor – ESE / BIOS Ken Sexton 4114 McGavran-Greenberg C (see map)
4th Floor – PHLP Damian Galina 4113 McGavran-Greenberg C (see map)
Rosenau Hall
1st Floor — ESE Robin Whitley 148 Rosenau Hall F (see map)
1st Floor — HPM Cathy Padgett 118 Rosenau Hall C (see map)
1st Floor — Dean’s Office / CAUs Brent Wishart 204 Rosenau Hall A (see map)
2nd Floor – CEHS Rhonda Turner 253B Rosenau Hall E (see map)
2nd Floor – IIS / CAUs Linda Mitchell 210 Rosenau Hall B (see map)
2nd Floor – NUTR Lynne Brody 245B Rosenau Hall E (see map)
3rd Floor – HB Robin Perkins 308B Rosenau Hall B (see map)
4th Floor – MCH Lisa Perry 401B Rosenau Hall A (see map)
Michael Hooker Research Center
Ground – ESE David Singleton 1108 MHRC E (see map)
1st Floor – ESE David Singleton 1108 MHRC E (see map)
2nd Floor – NUTR Eric Klett 2115 MHRC F (see map)
3rd Floor – EPID Lisa Lindesmith 3109 MHRC F (see map)
Baity Labs
ESE Maryann Boundy A110 Baity E (see map)


Town of Chapel Hill and Other Partnerships


Community Safety Partnership
Neighborhood Watch
CrimeStoppers of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC
SAFE Kids Orange County
National Night Out
BeSafe
Safe@UNC
Town of Chapel Hill