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January 26, 2014

Purdue urges caution, vigilance as snow, bitter cold moves in

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As additional snow and bitter sub-zero temperatures are forecast for the area, Purdue University is advising students, faculty, staff and those traveling to campus to use caution and keep themselves updated on current weather conditions.

University officials are monitoring area road conditions - and encourage travelers to do the same - to remain aware of any local travel restrictions that might be put in place. Those planning to travel on area roads should monitor their county travel status by going online to http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/. The Indiana State Police also has road and weather information available online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2332.htm.

As the area braces for sub-zero temperatures, Carol Shelby, senior director for environmental health and public safety, offers the following advice for those who will be walking on campus:

* Make sure you have winter footwear with excellent treads to help keep your footing on ice. Additional tips to help avoid slips in snowy and icy conditions are available online at https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2013/Q4/winter-walking-tips-to-avoid-slip-and-fall-injuries.html
* Wear several layers of lightweight, warm clothing.
* Wear a scarf to cover your mouth.
* Mittens that fit snugly at the wrists are better than gloves.
* Sport a hat to prevent body heat loss from your head.
* Take the Purdue pedestrian tunnels and enclosed walkways.
* Ride CityBus, which is free to everyone with a Purdue student, faculty, staff or retiree identification card.

Additional preparedness information is available at http://www.purdue.edu/emergency_preparedness/weather.htm, and Purdue's adverse weather policy is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/policies/facilities-safety/iva6.html