Responding to a Snow or Ice Storm
A severe winter storm may impact the University’s operations on one or more campuses. Consideration for the closure of a campus carefully follows the Protocol for the Cancellation of Classes and/or Closures Due to Adverse Weather.
The status of our campuses are communicated with regular updates on the University’s Campus Status website.
After a Snow or Ice Storm
- If a power outage occurred, check food supplies in the fridge and freezer and dispose of anything that has spoiled.
- Restock any of the supplies consumed from your emergency kit.
- Check weather forecasts regularly.
- Students living in residence may want to consider that food services operations on campus may be impacted by extreme weather events.
- Assemble an emergency kit with non-perishable food, drinking water, and other supplies.
Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Frostbite often affects the face, fingers and toes. It can cause white, waxy skin and numbness to the affected area.
- Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops below 35°C. It may involve shivering, confusion, slurred speech, or drowsiness.
For both scenarios, go to a warm place and use blankets to slowly rewarm. If there is any altered level of consciousness, call 911 immediately.