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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

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. 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 (in case a pipe bursts).
Make an emergency kit for 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\.