Emergency and safety information
Our School runs building sirens if there is a threat in our building that requires evacuation.
Being prepared for any hazard that may hit us — whether large or small in scope, natural or not — is a priority of our School.
- 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.
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 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
|Department||Coordinator||Office||Assembly point for building evacuations|
|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)|
|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)|
|ESE||Maryann Boundy||A110 Baity||E (see map)|