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This is a copy of our Tar Heel Mission Ready newsletter, a monthly publication that provides information and updates related to mission continuity, preparedness and planning. All members of the University are invited to subscribe.

Winter Storm WarningAs we gear up for the winter season, it’s crucial to equip ourselves with the necessary tools and plans to ensure the continuity of our operations, especially in the face of challenging weather conditions. With this in mind, we are dedicated to supporting you in preparing for and mitigating the impact of winter weather on our campus.

Why Winter Weather Preparedness Matters

Winter weather can pose significant challenges to our daily operations, impacting everything from transportation and facilities to communication and safety. By having a robust winter weather preparedness plan in place, we can minimize disruptions and maintain a safe environment for all members of our community.

Key Considerations for Winter Weather Plans

Risk Assessment
Evaluate potential risks posed by winter weather, including snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and ice accumulation. Consider the impact on transportation, power supply, and accessibility to buildings.
Communication Strategy
Establish clear communication channels to disseminate information about weather-related changes in schedules, building access, or services. Make sure members of your department/unit know how to access the most recent information.
Facilities and Infrastructure
Stay up to date with your buildings winter weather status for snow removal to ensure safe access during inclement weather.
Transportation and Accessibility
Plan for alternative transportation options in case of disruptions. This may include utilizing alternate pathways, parking lots, and ramps as normal routes may not be accessible during inclement weather.
Emergency Response
Train staff and faculty on protocols specific to winter weather incidents. Have contingency plans in place for power outages or other weather-related emergencies.

Remember, preparedness is a collaborative effort, and your involvement is crucial in ensuring our community’s safety and continuity during the winter months. Stay safe, stay informed, and let’s work together to navigate the challenges that winter weather may bring.

Resources for Plan Administrators

Please join us in promoting winter weather safety awareness by reviewing this years “Winter Weather Preparedness Week.” The National Weather Service asks everyone to join forces in improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather during the winter weather season.
Seasonal Precipitation Outlook map
UNC-Chapel Hill looks to the UNC System’s Adverse Weather and Emergency Events Policy during severe weather and when considering key factors in deciding whether to reduce or suspend operations due to safety concerns.
University Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Alert Carolina provides the most up to date information on Adverse Conditions. These updates include adverse weather events, major campus utility outages or other situations that would require a change in the University’s normal operating status.
Alert Carolina graphic
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