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Storm Ready

StormReady is a recognition program started in 1999 by the National Weather Service to help arm America's communities and Universities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property–before and during an event.  StormReady Universities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, awareness efforts and effective warning systems. No University is storm proof, but meeting the StormReady criteria can help save lives.


Severe Weather Plan

Eastern North Carolina is subject to many forms of severe weather.  We may experience hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, drought, and snow/ice.  When severe weather causes safety concerns or disrupts the University operations, the Administration makes a decision to: 1) continue classes and operations, 2) postpone classes and/or operations, or 3) cancel classes and continue operations.  

ECU Administration tries to make a decision whether to continue, postpone, or cancel classes by 06:00 a.m. the day of severe weather.  When a decision is made, the information is posted on ECU ALERT (www.ecu.edu/alert) and an announcement is recorded on the ECU Weather Hotline (252) 328-0062.  ECU Physicians staff should call (252) 744-5080 for work schedule. 

If you have registered for a special event scheduled to be held at ECU during the severe weather event, please contact the event coordinator for cancellation information.

Severe Weather Information

 ECU Alert  www.ecu.edu/alert
 Student / Staff / Faculty Hotline   (252) 328-0062
 ECU Physicians Hotline  (252) 744-5080 
 WNCT Closing Information    http://wnctapopenswebapp.mediageneral.com/ActiveMessages.aspx 
 WCTI Closing Information  http://www.wcti12.com/closings/index.html 
 NC DOT Travel Information  http://www.ncdot.org/traffictravel/ 
 Local National Weather Service  http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/mhx
 HR Adverse Weather Guidelines      http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/humanresources/customcf/Announcements/Adverse_Weather_Guidelines_10-14-11a.pdf


Additional Weather Resources 

ECU has the potential to experience and be negatively impacted by severe weather.  The following resources will assist individuals and departments prepare for severe weather events. 

Local Weather Forecast

Tornado Preparedness Information

Tornadoes...Nature's Most Violent Storms

Hurricane Preparedness Information

General Office
Residence Halls

Thunderstorms and Lightning

NWS Thunderstorms Tips
Lightning Safety

Severe Weather Alert and Notification

Outdoor Warning Loudspeakers
ECU utilizes outdoor loudspeakers as a means of alert for tornado warnings as well as other dangerous situations that may impact the University.  The only weather event that the University will activate outdoor speakers for is a tornado warning.  A tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado has been spotted on the ground or when Doppler weather radar indicates that tornado conditions exists in a particular area.

Testing  The outdoor speakers are tested twice annually during an announced test of the ECU Alert system. 

NOAA Weather Radios
ECU has placed NOAA weather radios in various buildings throughout campus as part of the StormReady certification process.  The most common event that will cause an activation of the tone alert radios is a severe weather event.  Unlike the outdoor warning sirens, the tone alert radios can be activated for severe weather watches and warnings to include, but not limited to tornado warnings.

Testing  NOAA weather radios are typically tested by the National Weather Services weekly.

Emergency Numbers:
During an emergency, always call 9-1-1 first!

Police/Fire/Medical Emergency:
Dial 911  

ECU Cares:

ECU Police Department:

Student Health Services:

Environmental Health &

After Normal Business Hours: 

Facilities Services:

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