Get Ready for Winter Weather
January 20th, 2022

Are you Prepared for Winter Weather? Tips to Help

Find out if Duke has activated the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy.

Officials will send notification via the DukeALERT system, including text message, email, the DukeALERT website and the web alert bar. A message also will be recorded on the severe weather/emergency conditions telephone line at 919-684-INFO (4636).

Some tips to avoid slips & falls outdoors:

  • BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ICE/FROST (When temperatures have been at or below freezing):
    • Ice may form where drainage from a rainy day crosses a sidewalk or parking area.
    • Ice may form where snow melt crosses a sidewalk or parking area.
    • Ice may form wherever water has collected (e.g., potholes, depressions, roof downspouts)
    • Frost may form on elevated walking surfaces (e.g., roofs, decks)
    • If the surface appears wet, it may be “black ice.”
  • AVOID WALKING ON ICE AND PACKED SNOW: Use cleared roads, parking lots, and walkways whenever possible. The Duke University snow/ice priority clearing map can be found here. It is also available on the free LiveSafe Mobile app:(From the home screen, click on Duke Resources, then Emergency Procedures, then Winter Weather, where you will find a link to the map.) Become familiar with the priority routes before a severe weather event occurs. Note that the priority route to reach your work area may not be your normal route.
  • BE CAUTIOUS WHEN CROSSING SNOW/ ICE: Packed snow (from people walking or driving on it the previous day) can be extremely slippery and melted snow can refreeze overnight to create a slippery hazard. Areas that appear "wet" may actually be "black ice." Be cautious and hold hand or stair rails where available.
    • Facilities Management (FMD): 919-660‐4280 for Central Campus (I, II A&B), East Campus (I, II), West Campus (I, II, III, IV), Medical (I, II, III, IV), Off campus properties
    • Engineering & Operations (E&O): 919-684‐3232
    • Housing and Residence Life: East Campus 919-684‐5320, West Campus 919-684‐5486, Central Campus 919-724‐0430
    • Parking & Transportation: 919-684‐6367 for all parking lots
    • Washington Duke Inn/ JB Duke: 919-313‐9601
    • Duke Forest: 919-613‐8013
    • Bus Passengers should monitor Duke Transloc for any potential delays or advisories.

  • WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES FOR THE WALK INTO WORK. If these shoes are not appropriate for your work area, carry your work shoes into work or leave them in your work area.
  • ENSURE YOUR FEET HAVE GOOD TRACTION: Before attempting to push/ pull any object while standing on snow/ ice, be sure you have good traction, otherwise you may slip & fall.

There are a variety of products available (as pictured below) to help improve the traction of footwear during icy conditions.  

Companies that sell these products may be found on the internet.  Here are some links to a few. 

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