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January 18, 2010

When the weather outside is frightful ...

…here are some helpful resources for weather-related closures

Rush Rhees in snow

Before you lift a snow shovel, use the University’s Web site or your phone to find out if delays or cancellations will affect your schedule. If adverse weather conditions or emergencies are a concern, the Information Line—275-6111— will alert callers to any changes. If schedules are interrupted or emergencies are in progress, the line is updated frequently. During emergencies, the University homepage ( is a source of immediate information, with further details posted at Faculty, staff, and students can sign up for weather-related notifications from University Facilities and Services or check the latest weather forecast and warnings at Think ahead and wear weather appropriate footwear with rubber soles and non-slip treads. Once on University property, if you see an unsafe, weather-related situation, call the Snow Removal Hotline at 275-0000. If injuries occur or you’re aware of near-miss incidents, fill out an Employee Incident Form, which can be found at For a summary of University policies, procedures, and methods of communicating in any emergency situation, go to

Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in icy, snowy weather can be dangerous, but these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help make your trek safer.

Dress in layers and wear boots with nonskid soles. Wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so drivers can see you.

Walk on sidewalks if possible. If sidewalks are covered in snow and ice and you must walk in the street, walk against the flow of traffic and as close to the curb as you can.

Don’t wear a hat or scarf that blocks your vision or makes it hard for you to hear traffic. When traveling with babies or small children, dress them in bright or reflective clothing. Always keep children—whether in a stroller or on foot—in front
of you and as close to the curb as possible.

Before you step off the curb, make sure oncoming cars and trucks have come to a complete stop.

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