The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for northern Wisconsin for Monday, with the possibility of record cold weather. Wind chills of 40 to 60 below zero are possible Sunday night into Monday.
The UW-Stout Safety and Risk Management office has compiled some links on its website giving advice on staying safe during cold weather, including how to dress warmly, how to heat your home safely and how to prepare your car for winter. This guide is available at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/pdf/extreme-cold-guide.pdf.
Winter walking tips are also available.
Staff also are reminded to check all buildings for areas that may have been compromised by the freezing weather and to contact Physical Plant or University Police if they suspect potential problems. Water from a broken pipe can cause a great deal of damage.
The Human Resources Department sent out an advisory in November concerning personnel policies and procedures to be followed during inclement weather. That advisory is available at http://www.uwstout.edu/hr/hr_news.cfm.
Employees should assume that the campus always will be open, unless notified otherwise. Individuals should use their best judgment about the safety of traveling to and from campus, and should contact their supervisor if they cannot report to work.
Employees who cannot report to work due to inclement weather conditions may use paid leave (other than sick leave), or the employee may elect to use leave without pay. While the normal expectation is that employees have vacation time approved in advance, during extreme weather conditions supervisors will be able to make exceptions and approve vacation on short notice.