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	January 5, 2018



To:   Faculty, Staff and Students

From:   Al Turgeon, Chief Risk and Public Safety Officer

Subject: *Extreme below freezing wind chills expected**
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Good afternoon,

Over the next 24 hours, we will face some of the coldest temperatures of 
the year. The National Weather Service warns that gusty winds will 
produce bitterly cold wind chill values of 30 to 45 degrees below zero 
through Saturday. *The lowest wind chill values will occur between 9 PM 
this evening and 9 AM Saturday, when the combination of temperatures are 
the coldest and winds the strongest.* It is vitally important that you 
are prepared - on campus, during your commute, and at home - as these 
temperatures can be life threatening.

*General preparations* include the following:

     Limit your time outside to 1015-minute excursions, with at least
    5-min warm-up periods in between.
     Dress in layers of warm clothing, with a moisture-wicking inner
    layer, insulating middle layer, and an outer layer that is
    wind-resistant.
     Cover all exposed skin.
     Wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves, and a scarf, neck tube
    or face mask
     Wear insulated, waterproof footwear.
     Stay dry (including taking steps to prevent excess sweating).
     Keep active.
     Consider cancelling outdoor activities.

*Vehicle preparations *include the following:

     Keep your gas tank at least half full.
     Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car.
    <https://www.ready.gov/car> In addition to the basic essentials,
    consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra
    blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
     Carry a shovel and sand to improve traction since wind will
    create snow drifts.

*Home preparations *include the following:

     Make sure you have sufficient fuel for heating your home.
     Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters
    with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember
    to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and
    drapes. See http://www.uvm.edu/safety/fire/space_heaters for more
    information.
     Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
     Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your
    house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as
    more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the
    necessary precautions.
     Learn how to *shut off water valves*
    <https://www.ready.gov/safety-skills>(in case a pipe bursts).
     Make an *emergency kit
    <https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit>**f*or at least three days of
    self-sufficiency.


For more general cold weather and winter safety information please 
visit: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather. For information on UVM 
Campus Preparedness, please visit www.uvm.edu/emergency\.