Disaster Planning in a Coastal Community: University of North Carolina Wilmington's All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), located on the coast of Southeastern North Carolina, is vulnerable to a multitude of hazards including hurricanes and severe weather, technological disasters such as power outages and hazardous materials spills, and acts of violence. UNCW’s location and status as an institute of higher education create vulnerabilities for the university that could threaten its property and the members of its community. Therefore, UNCW is in need of a response plan that details university emergency operations for any major disaster that may affect the campus.
This project describes the process of writing and implementing the UNCW all hazards Emergency Operations Plan, including the emergency exercise program developed to accompany and test the plan. The project also explains challenges and issues associated with creating the plan, such as overcoming the “Disaster du Jour Syndrome,” and future steps for adopting and executing the plan. With a comprehensive and practiced all hazards Emergency Operations Plan, UNCW is now better prepared to respond to any disaster that may affect the campus. By continuing the development of its emergency management program and applying the plan when necessary, UNCW can continue its mission and vision even in times of crisis.
Advisor:Pilkey, Orrin; Orbach, Mike
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:emergency management disaster hurricane university plan uncw
Date of Publication:04/25/2008