How to Survive the Freezing Cold
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 14:01
As every NDSU student has already figured out, Fargo is freezing. The walk to class in winds that always seem to be in one’s face can feel excruciating. Include subzero temperatures and blowing snow, and it is nearly impossible to fend off the frost. Fortunately, there are actions that can be taken to survive frigid Fargo.
Be informed on the weather
The first step in combating the cold weather is recognizing that it exists that day. Without knowing the current conditions, it is hard to prepare for the extreme cold, wind or precipitation that might be present. Download or check weather applications on a phone before heading out for the day, or pay attention to the weather forecasts from the news or online websites.
Wear layers and cover extremities
Choose clothes that are appropriate for the frigid weather. No matter how cool someone thinks they look wearing shorts, they are freezing on the inside, and with the wind chills that have transpired in the past few weeks, frostbite poses a dangerous threat to uncovered skin in less than minutes of exposure. In addition to covering the obvious parts of the body, invest in gloves and a hat or facemask. Think about getting some thermal wear and heavier socks. Don a heavy winter jacket and wear layers upon layers, because they can always be taken off.
With seven different routes and buses running non-stop, MATBUS is a perfect way to get around campus while avoiding the cold. Not only does riding MATBUS save time and energy, but every bus is heated and completely free for NDSU students. It would be imprudent not to take advantage of what MATBUS has to offer freezing NDSU students.
Take care of cars
Start cars every day or every other day even if they will not move for an extended period of time. Have a shovel, a blanket and jumper cables in the vehicle at all times during the winter. Buy a portable battery, such as a DieHard Portable Power, which can start a car without being hooked up to another car. Before actually driving the vehicle, start it using a remote starter or manually, and let it sit so it can properly warm up. Drive with caution during storms with decreased visibility, and always be prepared to encounter icy road conditions.
Limit time spent outdoors
The most obvious, but also most important, aspect of combating cold is to stay indoors and minimize time in the wintery weather. Pick up the pace when walking or plan how to get to the destination efficiently by walking through or cutting between buildings on campus. For those in high rises, utilize the tunnel systems to get to Academic Collegiate Enhancement or the West Dining Center. It is vital that any measures that limit the amount of time spent in the cold be taken to assure warmth and safety.
Student safety is the No. 1 concern of the Severe Weather Protocol Crisis Management Team, which makes winter weather evaluations, recommendations and decisions on behalf of the NDSU campus and community. If the team decides it is unsafe for the university to be open, they will cancel classes and close school for that day.
On the other hand, if a decision is made to keep campus open and the weather is poor, it is the responsibility of the students, faculty and staff to make their own decisions based on where they live and what feels safe for them.
In any case, it is important to be prepared and make the appropriate arrangements to assure one’s safety and warmth in the frigid Fargo weather.