Please follow guidance issued by University officials for any winter weather advisories, watches, or warnings. Should you encounter sub-freezing temperatures in the Tuscaloosa area, remember these winter weather safety tips:
As you travel on and off campus:
- Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat and mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- If traveling in a vehicle, consider taking a blanket, extra coat and boots in the event your vehicle becomes disabled.
- Make certain cell phone batteries are fully charged.
- Watch for patches of ice when walking and driving. Remember, bridges have a tendency to freeze before roadways.
If you live off campus:
- Ensure doors and windows are closed to prevent cold air from entering buildings and reaching water lines.
- Keep thermostats at a reasonable temperature and avoid any setting below 60 degrees.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Protect water pipes (outside or exposed to exterior wall of buildings or run through unheated areas), by allowing the faucet to drip slowly.
- Bring your pets inside.
- If you notice leaking or ruptured pipes or encounter any other building emergencies, notify your building representative immediately, or call 205-348-6001 during normal business hours or the University Police (205-348-5454) during non-business hours.