Emergency and Safety Information

Quick Topics

In every emergency, seek information from the university for the most up-to-date safety practices and instructions.


  • Flooding - significant amounts of rain can cause a high risk of flooding for the low-lying Wilmington area
  • Hurricanes and Tropical Activity - hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean runs from June 1 to November 30
  • Rip Currents - swimmers can be pulled away from shore of N.C. beaches by channelized currents of ocean water
  • Tornados - violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground that is more likely to occur between March and May
  • Winter Weather - rare for the Wilmington area, but is taken seriously


  • Heat Stress - avoid heat-related illness in unusually hot weather when working outdoors or in unconditioned indoor environments
  • Pandemic Flu - flu season typically runs from November to May, with a peak period during the earliest winter months


  • Active Shooter - awareness of and preparation for this scenario have significantly increased since the 2007 Virginia Tech incident
  • Fire - students are trained about fire safety, and fire drills are conducted for campus residence halls two times a year
  • Interpersonal Violence - encompasses relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment and other interpersonal issues
  • Additional safety issues - visit UNCW Emergency Management