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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

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Athens Campus remains open in cold weather


Despite chilly temperatures and severe wind chill factors, Ohio University's Athens Campus' administrative offices are operating as usual. Classes for spring semester do not begin until Jan. 13.

Forecasts indicate temperatures will dip to below zero overnight and will only warm to the mid-teens for the high temperature on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Wind chill factors could make it feel much colder. Employees and visitors to the Athens Campus are asked to exercise caution as they travel around campus, both by vehicle and by foot. Facilities Management crews have made efforts to clear and salt walkways, however, in frigid temperatures standard de-icing treatments are not as effective on sidewalks and other surfaces.

Here's what you need to know to stay safe:

  • Dress appropriately and wear sensible shoes.
  • Stay indoors if you don't need to be outside. Arrange to conduct business via alternate means, such as e-mail, conference call, teleconference, etc.
  • Monitor building indoor temperatures and call Facilities if you observe below normal temperatures.
  • Walk slowly and take small steps, as ice may be present.
  • Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. (See Sidebar)

If you are required to work outside:

  • Dress warmly and in layers.
  • Work in pairs.
  • Take warming breaks as needed.
  • Cover exposed skin.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia (See Sidebar) and seek treatment if you believe you are suffering from these conditions.

Any change to the University’s status will be posted at ohio.edu/alert and sent via email and text through the Alert System. Be sure to check frequently if you have any questions. To double check you are correctly registered with the Alert system, click here.

Baker University Center will be open and available as a warming center.

 

 

Hypothermia and Frostbite Information

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signs of hypothermia include:

  • Shivering, exhaustion
  • Confusion, fumbling hands
  • Memory loss, slurred speech

Signs of frostbite include:

  • A white or grayish-yellow skin area
  • Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • Numbness

Additional extreme cold weather information, including suggested response tactics to hypothermia or frostbite, can be found at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp.