Hurricane Florence Relief

Hurricane Florence and the UNC System



As North Carolina and the UNC System’s 17 institutions respond to the effects of Hurricane Florence, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains paramount. Many members of our University community have been affected and we as a University stand united in support for the long-haul.

The University has been and continues to be in constant contact with state and federal authorities to coordinate our response, and we are mobilizing the full resources of the UNC System to support our institutions and the communities around them.

Please read below for the latest updates on our institutions, and look for the latest on Twitter from my account at @MargaretEdu and at @UNC_System. You can also read my daily updates on the storm and its impact here.


Latest Information

10/08/18 4:25p.m.

All 17 of the UNC System institutions are operating under normal schedules.

UNC Wilmington resumed classes on October 8. While most residence halls have reopened, officials are not yet satisfied with the restoration of University Apartments. The university has been in contact with the building’s residents and will keep them up to date as the cleanup progresses.

9/17/18 11:45am

Message from Fayetteville State University: FSU will extend Condition 2: Suspended Operations until midnight on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Read more.

9/16/18 10:45am

Message from Fayetteville State University: FSU will operate under Condition 2: Suspended Operations, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018 and continuing until midnight on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Read more.

9/16/18 9:45am

Message from UNC Charlotte: The University is operating under Condition 2 (suspended operations) until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. During this time, all classes and University activities are canceled and most offices are closed. Read more.

9/15/18 7:55pm

Message from N.C. A&T State University: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will transition from Condition 2 to Condition 1 on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. and continue on that status through Monday, Sept. 17, with classes to remain cancelled until Tuesday at 8 a.m. Read more.

9/15/18 7:35pm

Message from UNC Greensboro: In the interest of creating the safest possible conditions for our students and based on the guidance of local and state agencies, UNCG has elected to cancel classes for Monday. This should allow for safer travel conditions to develop in much of the state. We will also move to Condition 1 for employees on Monday. Read more.

9/15/18 6:20pm

Message from UNC-Chapel Hill: The University will Move to Condition 1 at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Classes cancelled on Monday, Sept. 17. Read more.

9/15/18 6:00pm

Message from East Carolina University: East Carolina University will resume classes beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, with flexibility and support for students who cannot travel or return at that time due to hurricane-related issues, according to university officials. Residence halls will open at noon Tuesday, Sept. 18. Read more.

9/15/18 5:40pm

Message from NC State University: NC State will move to Reduced Operations (Condition 1 of the UNC System Adverse Weather Policy) for university employees beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Read more.

9/15/18 4:45pm

Message from Elizabeth City State University: Elizabeth City State University’s residence halls will open at noon on Sunday, September 16. Regular cafeteria hours will begin Sunday evening. ECSU will resume normal operations on Monday, September 17. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18. Staff should report to work on Monday at 8 a.m., and faculty are encouraged to return on Monday to prepare for classes on Tuesday. Read more.

9/15/18 3:00pm

Message from UNC Pembroke: All classes and scheduled activities at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke remain cancelled. This cancellation will continue through Wednesday, September 19, 2018. We understand many of you are concerned about timing for your return to campus. We are committed to providing ample time for you to plan appropriately. Students should not make plans to return to campus until instructed to do so. Read more.

9/15/18 10:30am

Message from UNC Wilmington: Seahawks, we are committing to give students and employees *a minimum of 72 hours' notice* regarding campus reopening and classes resuming. It is still too early to confirm a date as we won't be able to fully assess damage for another few days. We do not yet have any information on the closure's impact on the academic calendar or December commencement. The very second we do, we will share it (it will not be until mid-next week or so). Very few people in Wilmington have Wifi/web access right now (in fact, we aren't even sure this will post), and we don't believe anyone in the county has electricity, so please bear with us as we try to keep you informed while tending to our own situations. Thank you for your patience. You are all on our minds. Read more.

9/15/18 9:00am

At Appalachian State University, all classes and academic obligations are canceled Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18. Confidence is growing for the Boone area to experience significant potential impact from Hurricane Florence, and the safety of students, faculty and staff traveling to campus is paramount.Read more.

9/14/18  1:57pm

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working closely with the Governor’s Office, the American Red Cross and the State Emergency Management Team to establish a new location for people in existing shelters that have lost power and are now closed. The new shelter will be located at the Friday Center and is set to open sometime on Saturday.Read more.

9/14/18  7:15pm

Classes canceled at 15 institutions; 5 institutions evacuated. Read below for more information.



Giving Aid and Getting Help

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Twitter Feeds

Twitter feeds from around the system.


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Links to campus emergency sites and other resources.





Giving Aid and Getting Help

There are a number of resources available to those seeking assistance and to those who would like to contribute to recovery efforts. Several UNC System institutions have established initiatives specifically to help students, faculty, and staff displaced by Hurricane Florence and to help restore facilities damaged by the storm.


Getting Help

The links below will help those whose lives have been disrupted by the storm locate financial aid and critical information needed to begin the recovery process.


Giving Aid

North Carolina’s recovery will require a statewide effort. These resources will help concerned citizens effectively direct their donations of money, supplies, time, and labor.


Give to UNC System Institutions Most Affected by the Storm

The links below lead to recovery efforts specifically benefitting the universities facing the most severe challenges as a result of the storm.


Institution-led Food and Supply Drives

A number of UNC System institutions are organizing food and supply drives to help North Carolinians who are in need as a result of the storm.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill

  • WCU’s Center for Service Learning (CSL), in collaboration with Jackson County, Town of Sylva, and Tuckaseigee Water & Sewer Authority, is facilitating a donation drive on campus. Please bring your donations to the CSL (Belk 273) by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27. Click here for a list of items in demand.


Statewide Efforts

The following sites provide opportunities to donate funds in support of statewide relief efforts.



North Carolinians eager to contribute time and physical labor to the state’s recovery efforts can consult these resources to find out how they can help.


Giving to Other Resources

North Carolinians across the state want to help, and there is no shortage of organizations ready to rise to the challenge of leading recovery efforts. But donors should exercise caution when responding to individual pleas for financial assistance. Before giving, consult the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website at for a list of vetted disaster relief organizations.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated 9/24/18 at 9:00 a.m.

The three institutions most affected by the storm--Fayetteville State University, UNC Pembroke, and UNC Wilmington—are slowly coming back online.

The website will provide regular updates on operations at these institutions as information becomes available. Users are also advised to refer to each institution's website.

The other institutions in the UNC System have resumed normal operations.

Updated 9/26/18 at 5:15 p.m.

UNC Wilmington remains evacuated due to the severe damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

Students will not be permitted to move back into their residence halls until Saturday, October 6.

Updated 9/17/18 at 4:59pm

Fayetteville State University and UNC Pembroke have provided on-campus shelter for international students and others unable to locate temporary housing elsewhere in the state.

UNC Wilmington has coordinated with System institutions including UNC Asheville to provide shelter for those students who need assistance.

Updated 9/26/18 at 5:15 p.m.

UNC Wilmington: Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 8. . The university has also announced that fall break and reading day will be cancelled in an effort to ensure that Fall 2018 commencement will occur as planned, without a change in dates or location. The university is looking to identify a range of options for days/times when faculty can hold make-up classes. These decisions will be made and shared with students and faculty in the coming days. Students, faculty, and staff should regularly check the UNCW website for updates.

Classes have now resumed at all other UNC System institutions.

Updated 9/25/18 at 12:15 p.m.

Residence halls have reopened at every institution except for UNC Wilmington, where officials are working diligently to restore normal operations as quickly as possible.

Students will not be permitted to move back into their residence halls until Saturday, October 6.

After the storm passes, staff at each institution will work quickly to assess the damage. At reopened campuses with damaged housing, institutions will arrange for temporary housing in unused dorm rooms, shelters, and hotels.

If a campus remains closed for an extended period of time, the UNC System will work to place students at sister institutions to continue their studies while their home institution is restored.

Email us at or tweet your questions to @UNC_System using the #UNCSystemFlorence, and we’ll help answer your question or direct you to available resources. Follow President Spellings on twitter @MargaretEdu for updates.

For a full range of resources and information on the storm, we encourage you to download the ReadyNC app here:

You can also find more information on the Hurricane and resources here:

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990.  This resource is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

To report an emergency call 911.

The UNC System and its institutions routinely engage in disaster planning exercises. UNC-Wilmington and the UNC System recently conducted a full-scale emergency management exercise named Operation Zephyr, which tested the impact to operations of a major category 5 hurricane strike. The multi-campus training exercise included FEMA, the American Red Cross, NC Emergency Operations personnel, and city and local officials.

Each institution in the UNC System conducts regular exercises to prepare for weather events such as this.


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The UNC System

President Spellings

NC Emergency Services






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Students, parents, faculty, and staff should carefully monitor their home institution’s website for the latest information regarding facilities, housing, and classes. Given the ongoing dangers presented by flooding, damaged power lines, and fallen trees, every student should confirm that it is safe to return to campus before making any attempt to do so.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to carefully plan their return to campus in order to avoid inaccessible or dangerous routes. The NC DOT website features a county-by-county list of road closures and travel advisories.


Other Resources

To stay updated on Hurricane Florence and find resources in North Carolina, view these links below:

The State of North Carolina Homepage

NC Emergency Management Information

National Hurricane Center

The Weather Channel

American Red Cross

Department of Public Safety – List of Shelters



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