Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is dedicated to the protection of human life and our campus environment. EH&S acknowledges the close relationship between the environment, work, and human health and safety.

We are committed to preventing the loss of human potential caused by fatalities, injuries, illness, and disabilities on the job and in the campus community.


News from the Environmental Health & Safety Office

North Carolina's 2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Week

It's time to begin preparing for the upcoming severe weather season by participating in the state-wide Tornado Drill. For N.C., the exercise will be at 9:30 AM EST on Wednesday, March 10. In preparation for the drill, we encourage everyone to review their safety plan and make sure your NOAA Weather Radios are in working condition and have new batteries. Visit: https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes for more information on tornado safety and planning.

*** For the N.C. Drill - The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the Required Monthly Test (RMT).  There will not be an actual Tornado Warning issued.

This drill and RMT will take the place of the usual weekly NOAA Weather Radio Alert test (RWT).  That is, there will not be a weekly radio test done between 11 AM and Noon on that day.

There will be no follow-up statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the state-wide tornado drill.   It will simply be over when your group, school, business, organization, or family feel that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures.

If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 10, 2021, the state-wide tornado drill will be postponed.  The alternate date for the drill is Friday, March 12, 2021, at 9:30 AM EST.

UNC Pembroke Police and Public Safety will send out a test email and LiveSafe notification at the start of the tornado drill. 

For more information on North Carolina's 2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Week, visit here: https://www.weather.gov/rah/2021ncswpw

Counterfeit Respirators 

The CDC released an article addressing the issue of counterfeit respirators that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH approved. These respirators, if used, may not provide the proper and appropriate protection for workers.  See below for the link to the article. 

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Winter Weather 

Winter storms can bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the entire United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow in its Big Island, and major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice. Blizzards occur when strong wind causes blowing snow and whiteout conditions, making roads impassable. Thousands of people are injured or killed every year in traffic accidents related to slippery roads from winter storms.

For more information please visit: Winter Weather | Ready.gov 

UNCP Cold Stress Safety Program 

UNC Eastern Campuses Hazard Mitigation Plan 

UNC-Pembroke is collectively updating its plan to better protect our community from the effects of natural and human-caused hazards and to maintain eligibility for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On this website you can find information about upcoming and past Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee meetings and public meetings, take a survey on hazard risk and mitigation options to inform the plan’s development, review draft documents, and learn more about the hazards that affect the university.

For information on Coronavirus Resources click here

May 3 - 9 is Hurricane Preparedness Week 

For information on how to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane season, please follow the link here.