The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for the planning and coordination of the Institution’s operational emergency preparedness, response and recovery from a disaster. OEM adheres to a comprehensive all-hazards, whole community approach to incident management based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS). OEM is tasked by the Chancellor’s Letter of Promulgation with the following responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining all institutional emergency plans, which include the following.
    • Campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) including, but not limited to, the annexes and appendices below:
      • Functional Annexes
      • Hazard Specific Annexes (severe weather, active shooter, etc.)
      • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Guidebook
      • Policy Group Handbook
    • Family Assistance Center (FAC) Plan
    • Crisis Communications Plan (CCP)
  • End-to-end management of the Institution’s business continuity program
    • Business Continuity Base Plan (BCP)
    • Departmental Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP)
  • Strategic oversight and hazard-specific day-to-day management of the Institution’s emergency alerts system, NinerAlerts. This includes partnering with Business Affairs Communications on NinerNotices for non-emergency incidents and events.
  • Responsibility for campus-wide emergency trainings, exercises and after-action reports
  • Management of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and overall coordination of institutional emergency operational response

The mission of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to build and maintain a fully functioning office, adhering to the five cyclical phases of all-hazards comprehensive emergency management (preparedness, planning, response, recovery and mitigation). OEM’s priorities are to: (1) protect lives, (2) stabilize the incident, (3) protect university property, (4) protect the environment and (5) restore essential functions, education, and research programs; before, during, and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.


To continue to be recognized as an innovative industry leader in higher education emergency management and business continuity planning.

The National Weather Service StormReady Program

The National Weather Service has designated 186 U.S. colleges and universities as StormReady. UNC Charlotte is the fifth UNC institution to be granted StormReady status.

StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather, from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach in order to improve local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

To be officially StormReady, a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public.
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally.
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.   

News Stories and Sources:

UNC Charlotte named a "Storm Ready Community"

List of NC Storm Ready Communities 


Office Information

Facilities Management/Police & Public Safety Building
9151 Cameron Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223