|With winter storms, snow and ice on campus and more possible in the forecast for the Chapel Hill area, you can help yourself be prepared to ease stress and avoid crowded stores and lines for essentials. Below are some tips for staying safe and well during winter weather.|
- Plan for power outages: Have a flashlight or battery-powered light in case you lose power. Find and make available extra blankets and jackets to stay warm. Charge your phone and any external chargers to stay in communication if the power lapses.
- Pick up snacks & bottled water. Avoid feeling like you need to “stock up” last minute by having non-perishable items and water on hand. Grab a couple of food items you can eat if you lose electricity. Check out the Carolina Cupboard Pantry on campus if you need help accessing groceries
- Be aware of assignments and deadlines: Snow days are easier to enjoy by sledding, reading, and cozying up inside. Avoid additional stress by knowing what schoolwork needs to be saved, uploaded, or completed before the weather hits.
- Bundle up when you go out: Add layers including gloves, socks, and hats. Footwear with good traction, such as hiking boots & tennis shoes with sturdy soles, can help prevent an unwarranted tumble.
- Play! Snow turns the whole world into a playground. Trash bags and shower curtains make great improvised sleds. Have a snowball fight. Make a creative snow sculpture. Play snow sports. Get out there and enjoy the rare snows when they happen!
- Avoid unnecessary travel in winter weather.
- Keep an eye on the forecast to help prepare if the forecast changes.
- Use your best judgment. Recognize your comfort in snow and ice conditions. Stick to what feels safe for you.
- Listen to the experts. Local officials send advisory, and up-to-date precautions based on conditions and public works teams. Follow the local experts at; Alert Carolina, Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, Orange County Closures & Delays
- If you have to drive: Plan ahead. Driving in bad weather usually takes longer and is more stressful. Drive slowly. Leave Room In front in case you need to use your brakes and the road is icy. Use your low beams in fog and heavy snow, or avoid driving in dark hours altogether. Buckle up!