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Your Guide for Creating a Weather Preparedness Plan for Your Campus

At least 21 individuals died during the 2019 Polar Vortex—including two university students.

The University of Vermont and the University of Iowa both experienced deaths suspected to be due to exposure to sub-zero temperatures. These universities are no strangers to severe winter weather, but these extreme weather conditions are becoming more common, and campuses must prepare.

It’s impossible to reliably predict every emergency. But weather events are one crisis that can be anticipated, based on your region and common weather threats experienced. Universities and college campuses are also often in the unique position of coordinating with internal safety officials and campus police along with community safety officials. A weather preparedness plan puts processes in place to protect your students, faculty, and institution. By having a weather preparedness plan ready for deployment, your campus can react swiftly to threats—and substantially reduce the risk of injury or even death.