December Safety Tip: Be Prepared for the Perils of Winter

December 05, 2012

The Safety Tip of the Month is provided by U.Va.'s Office of Emergency Preparedness on the 11th of every month.

 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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Media Contact

Marge Sidebottom

U.Va. Director Of Emergency Preparedness