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The Office of Emergency Management poses this scenario: “Quick, what would you do? It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in late April.  You’re sitting in your office when you receive a UNCG Alert stating: ‘A tornado warning has been issued for Guilford County that may directly impact the university. Those on/near UNCG should seek shelter immediately.’ Students and co-workers turn to you and ask, “What should we do?” You only have three minutes to make a decision and act on it before the possible tornado is over the campus. This decision could mean the difference between staying safe, or being hurt or possibly worse. Would you know what to do?”

Feb. 27 – March 5 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina. Each year, severe weather brings adverse impacts to Greensboro and the surrounding areas. Since 2008, there have been two tornadoes in Guilford County, one of which resulted in a fatality. In 2009, a flash flood event resulted in one fatality in Greensboro, and thousands of dollars in damages at UNCG. It is important to know what you would do when faced with the threat of severe weather.

The Office of Emergency Management is hosting a series of workshops titled: “The Essentials of Severe Weather.” Participants will learn more about severe weather, along with potentially life-saving information on how to prepare and respond to it both on and off campus. The workshops are 30 minutes long, and are currently scheduled for: Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.; March 3 at 9 a.m.; and March 3 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. RSVP by emailing: BeReady@uncg.edu or contacting the Office of Emergency Management at 256-8639. The workshop location will be provided with your registration confirmation.

To learn more about how to prepare and respond to emergencies, visit www.uncg.edu/emg or contact the Office of Emergency Management at BeReady@uncg.edu or 6-8639.

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