Cold Weather Tips

Cold Weather Tips

The all‐University Crisis Committee reminds students, faculty and staff with the advent of cold weather it is important to remember to be prepared for a cold weather emergency when outside or driving. Here are some tips:

Outside

  • Dress warmly, stay dry. Wear wind‐resistant clothing if possible, along with a hat and gloves.
  • Understand wind chill. When there are high winds, serious weather‐related health problems can arise, when temperatures are only cool.
  • Watch your steps. Walking on ice can be extremely dangerous and it can often blend into the pavement.
  • Keep in mind that alcoholic and caffeinated beverages cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Make your time outside as brief as possible. If you feel that you should get inside, do so.

Driving/Cars

  • Make sure windows are clear of ice, frost and snow before you embark on your trip.
  • Use main streets when driving, as these are the priority for city crews following a storm.
  • Be flexible. Consider changing plans if the conditions warrant it.
  • Expect slick conditions. Stops will take longer and turns must be taken at slower speeds.
  • Inflate tires to the recommended pressure and have your vehicleís antifreeze checked.
  • Wear your seat belt at all times.
  • Above all, if you arenít comfortable driving in the conditions you see, donít.

Additional cold weather tips are available at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/.