Sunday, December 3, 2017
We’ve enjoyed 245 snow-free days*, but now it’s time to start thinking about and preparing for winter weather.
If a Tufts campus is closed we’ll send an email and post to web and social media, in addition to local broadcast media. If you really want to know right away, sign up for the optional weather closing text message.
Tufts’ Emergency Response Guide has helpful tips on staying warm, dry, and safe in winter. Learn about the wintertime dangers of carbon monoxide and extreme cold from a past blog post, Digging Out, Safely, a remnant of the record-setting winter of 2015. Did you grow up in a warmer clime and are looking forward to your first New England winter? Our friends at University of Alaska Fairbanks – authorities on cold weather – have tips on staying warm and dressing for the cold. Lastly, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has comprehensive safety tips for winter storms and extreme cold.
Planning for the Worst in Tufts Now offers a look at how departments can prepare for a variety of disasters. We may not think of a winter storm as a “disaster”, but it can disrupt our organization, impacting teaching, research, patient care, and critical operations.
The nature of the university’s activities and the complexity of operations require that certain services be provided at all times. Please speak with your supervisor now to understand if you may be required to report for work even during a university closing, such as a snow day. See pp. 33-34 in the Employee Handbook for details.
In emergency situations – including weather closures – employees may be directed by their supervisor to work remotely. Prepare by reviewing the Telecommuting Guidelines and making sure you are able to access technology to support uninterrupted productivity. Tufts Technology Services offers guidance for working off campus or with personal devices.