Updates and resources from the UNC School of Government in anticipation of Hurricane Florence

Updates and resources from the UNC School of Government in anticipation of Hurricane Florence

In accordance with the University’s policies and statements and to ensure safety of students, faculty, and staff in anticipation of Hurricane Florence, all School courses and MPA on-campus classes are canceled and the School of Government building is closed Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14. For more information about the University’s policies on adverse weather or to find any updates, visit alertcarolina.unc.edu.

Both the North Carolina Magistrates’ Fall Conference and the Opioid Response Project: Forum I have been canceled, as well as the Sept. 14 meeting of the Social Services Working Group. The School will post any information about canceled courses at our website at sog.unc.edu and on social media. The Administrative Office of the Courts is publishing all court closings at nccourts.gov/closings.

The University has several experts to discuss hurricanes and their impact, including School faculty member Norma Houston. Working closely with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, Houston is an expert on the laws and authorities related to emergency management. She can discuss what local governments are authorized to do during disasters, how they should prepare for scenarios like evacuations and debris removal, and federal regulations like FEMA contract requirements.

Houston also curates an emergency management website for North Carolina public officials which can be found at sog.unc.edu/ncem. Local governments can find sample documents and the laws and authorities pertaining to emergency management, as well as frequently asked questions on issuing local state of emergency declarations.

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Find information from the N.C. Division of Emergency Management about the storm at ncdps.gov/florence and more information about preparation at readync.org.