Weather Update: Stay Safe and Take Care of Each Other

As a fresh coat of snow falls, students make their way to class on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Jan. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

We are in the midst of historic week of cold in Madison, with wind chills potentially dropping to 50 below Wednesday morning. Classes, events, and campus activities are cancelled until noon on Thursday, but it is still important to understand the danger of this extreme cold and to take advantage of resources available through the university and the local community. Stay updated on Campus Alerts, and most importantly, take care of each other and yourself.

Below are some tips and information from campus partners about staying safe during harsh weather conditions. This weather is unprecedented, so please consider this information seriously, and take appropriate precautions.

Campus Resources:

  • In wind chills of 40 to 50 below zero, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in just ten minutes. It’s important to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid risk of injury. If you do need to venture outside, dressing in layers that leave no skin exposed. Layers help protect and insulate you from the cold.
  • Review the list of services that will remain open while campus is closed.
  • This is a challenging time in winter, you’re not alone. Call the mental health crisis, dial 608-265-5600, option 9 for support. An after-hours nurse advice line is available at 608-265-5600, option1. More: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/emergencies/
  • The Dean of Students Office can provide support and resources. Call 608-263-5700 or email dean@studentlife.wisc.edu for non-crisis related issues, and someone will respond to you when the university reopens. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.

City of Madison Resources:

Did we mention you should visit alerts.wisc.edu  for campus related alerts? Stay warm and safe. And remember, take care of one another. It’s what Badgers do.