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CRPD shares advice for surviving winter weather

By Anna Curtis
On February 8, 2019

Since the start of the spring semester, students have experienced multiple snowfalls, all-time record low temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills. 

While it may be tempting to park as close to campus buildings as possible, tickets can still be issued for illegal parking. Illegal parking can cause problems for those walking to and from class, especially those who require the assistance of service animals, wheelchairs or other equipment. 

In addition to ensuring the safety of those on campus, students are also reminded to stay safe while driving. Sergeant Graham Campshure, of the Cedar Rapids Police Department, advised drivers to stay alert and to allow extra time to get to a destination. 

Campshure also recommended to “make sure that you are not distracted by your phone or the radio. If you are going to listen to the radio while driving [set] it to one station that you want to listen to then don’t worry about changing the channel while driving.” 

Campshure said it is also important to keep a blanket, warm clothing, snacks, a thermos of water and a shovel in the car and to keep one’s phone charged or have the ability to charge it.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also has several recommendations for winter weather emergency kit items. A full list and other safety tips can be found at https://www.ready.gov/car. 

Campshure said if a person does get stranded on the road it is important to stay in the car. 

While waiting for assistance, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying awake and wrapping up in additional blankets to keep warm; and, take anything necessary out of the trunk and bring it to the passenger area where it is accessible. 

Even if students are not driving to campus, those who plan on walking during winter months should also be prepared. 

Campshure recommended to  “dress in layers… and keep your head and hands covered.” 

He added, “If you absolutely don’t have to go anywhere and…the roads are bad it’s a good day to binge watch your favorite show.”  

Kirkwood students can stay up to date on campus cancellations by signing up for Kirkwood Alert. Log on to www.kirkwood.edu/alert for more information.

Cars parked illegally on the sidewalk between Linn and Benton Halls on Jan 28. Photo by Juana Jones.

 

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