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Message from Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz about Hurricane Dorian

Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz shares volunteer opportunities for Tar Heels looking to help communities impacted by the storm.

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Dear Carolina Community,

As Hurricane Dorian moves up the East Coast, many North Carolinians are shifting from preparation to response and service. While we are fortunate that our campus was spared, we know that many of you are from counties and states that were not.

For students: if you or your family are from an area that has been affected by the storm and need assistance, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 919-966-4042, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services, part of Campus Health Services, at 919-966-3658.

For faculty or staff: you may call the Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, toll-free, 24 hours a day at 877-314-5841.

If you’re looking for ways to help those impacted by the storm, you can find opportunities for involvement detailed below.

Join Carolina’s Disaster Relief Efforts

Damage from Hurricane Dorian may require long-term recovery for affected areas, many of which are still working to rebound from Hurricane Florence (2018) and Hurricane Matthew (2016). Opportunities to help will continue to develop. Visit the Carolina Center for Public Service disaster relief webpage for the most recent information on University efforts to support statewide relief and recovery. If you have specialized knowledge or resources to be included on this page, please email CCPS.

Given the likely impact of this storm on North Carolina communities, CCPS is calling a meeting for campus organizations and units to discuss developing an effective and coordinated response to Hurricane Dorian. This meeting will take place 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Student Union, Room 3203.

If you’d like to support the University’s relief efforts through a monetary contribution, we invite you to donate online. Please note that money from the UNC Disaster Relief Fund cannot be transferred directly to communities. Rather, the fund enables Carolina’s work to support those communities through efforts such as funding for relief trips and project-based recovery grants.

Immediate Opportunities to Volunteer

The U.S. Army National Guard is operating a shelter at Northgate Mall in Durham for displaced residents of Eastern North Carolina. CERT-trained volunteers are needed to assist with shelter setup.

For Dorian-related information, volunteer opportunities and donation opportunities coordinated by the State of North Carolina, visit the Volunteer NC website.

I hope that you, your family and your friends will stay safe and feel supported as North Carolina recovers from this storm.

Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Interim Chancellor