UNCW Prepares Year-Round for Hurricane Season

A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the U.S. coast. Photo credit: NASA

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 2013 Hurricane Season officially begins June 1 and will last through November 30. Based on the forecast models of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, this year's storm season is predicted to be active to extremely active.

According to NOAA, there is a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms, with winds of 39 mph or higher. Seven to 11 of those storms are projected to become hurricanes.

"As always, it is important to remember that these are predictions. In reality, it only takes one storm to create impacts on university operations and our community,” said Eric Griffin, assistant director of the UNCW Environmental Health & Safety Department.

The university prepares year-round for hurricane season and asks that all departments, faculty and staff help ensure their safety and that of students by taking the following steps during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which ends June 1, and throughout the year:

  • Review emergency plans, including those specific to hurricane operations, and related materials on the UNCW hurricane website.
  • Please visit the UNCW Alert website at www.uncw.edu/alert for more hurricane preparation information.


Other resources:
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov/
UNCW Hurricane Information: http://uncw.edu/ehs/hurricanes.html
UNCW Emergency Management: www.uncw.edu/emergencymanagement