Snow & Ice Storms

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.

Important Contacts

Emergency: 911

Campus Safety (Emergency)
St. George/UTSC: 416-978-2222
UTM: 905-569-4333

Campus Safety (Non-Emergency)
St. George: 416-978-2323
UTSC: 416-287-7398
UTM: 905-828-5200

Other Incident Response Guides

Active Attacker
Medical Emergencies
Suspicious Packages
Cyber Incidents
Gas Leak
Power Outages
Civil Disturbances
Extreme Weather