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Be Prepared for the Perils of Winter


December 11, 2012 — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell proclaimed Dec. 2-8 Winter Preparedness Week, reminding us that a little preparation can go a long way. We’ve listed a few things we think are particularly important for you to remember.

The semester is wrapping up and students will be heading home for the month-long winter break. Before you leave, be sure your stuff is secure.

  • Apartment/Dorm safety:

    • Make sure to close your blinds when you leave so you do not tempt thieves.

    • Take home as many of your electronic items as possible.

    • To avoid ugly consequences upon your return, clean out ALL perishables from your fridge before leaving.

    • Make sure all appliances are off and unplugged?

    • Shut and lock all doors and windows

 As you head out, keep these things in mind.

  • Road/Traveling safety:

    • Make sure cell phone is charged and have an emergency contact checking up on you

    • If you are leaving your car in Charlottesville, make sure it is parked legally. Impounding and holding fees can add up.

    • Be sure to have water and easy snacks packed with you

    • Start your trip with a full tank of gas

    • Devote your full time and attention to driving – DO NOT TEXT

    • If your car breaks down, pull over, turn on your emergency flashers, and dial 911; await assistance in your locked car and remain there until a law enforcement officer or tow truck arrives.

    • For Virginia road conditions, check

Meanwhile, flu season is here and it is already looking like it’s going to be a doozy.

  • Be sure to follow these simple tips:  
    • If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, get one. Check out Student Health or just walk into a drug store and ask for one. 

    • Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands – a lot.

    • Stay hydrated (with water)

    • Sick? Stay home. Call your doctor.

For information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness  at 434-982-0565 or


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