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Adverse Weather

Weather/Operating Status

Weather-Related NCCU Closings or Delayed Openings: During severe weather or natural disasters, people may be prevented from entering or leaving campus facilities for hours or days. Notice of a decision to close or delay opening NCCU will be communicated as quickly as possible by e-mail, phone trees, local radio and television stations. Call 919-530-7220 to hear a recorded message about University closings or delayed openings. Do not call University Police, Facilities Services, radio and television stations. When severe winter weather conditions are predicted, monitor weather reports closely. Information will be made available from NCCU's Information Line 919-530-7220.

Flash Flooding?

In the event of a flash flood advisory, seek high ground and remain inside if possible. If that is not possible, stay away from areas where you see water accumulating.

In case of fast-developing storms (thunderstorms, tornadoes):

  • If there is sufficient time, unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and appliances, including sensitive electronic instruments and computers.
  • Store all equipment in safe areas away from windows. Keep window coverings (curtains, blinds) closed.

If a tornado alert or warning is given or you see a funnel cloud:

  • Immediately seek shelter inside a substantial building.
  • If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in a ditch or low spot with your hands shielding your head.

If you are in a building:

  • Go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows.  Closets, bathrooms and other interior rooms offer the best protection.
  • Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress if possible.
  • Do not use elevators.

If a thunderstorm approaches:

  • Go to a safe shelter immediately. Remember that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Do not take a bath or shower.

If you are outside during a thunderstorm and there is no shelter nearby:

  • Squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet if you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end
  • Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible. Minimize your contact with the ground.
  • Find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
  • If you are in a wooded area, take shelter under the shortest trees.
 
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