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.

On campus:

  • 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.

American Red Cross Tips

Frostbite and Hypothermia Information

Driving Tips–NHTSA

Driving Tips–AAA