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MU Campus Facilities Prepares for Winter Weather Advisory

Dec. 6, 2007

Story Contact:  Christian Basi, (573) 882-4430,

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A winter weather advisory is in effect for Columbia and surrounding areas today. For detailed information regarding MU campus conditions and preparations go to
 All areas of campus are important and will be cleared as quickly as possible, but some areas have a higher priority than others. After a winter weather event, Campus Facilities-Landscaping Services will coordinate snow and ice removal from campus areas in this order:
1. University Hospital & Clinics drives and roadways, including:
       o Emergency room entries and driveways
       o Helipad and access walks
       o Dean's Drive and Loading Dock Drive
2. Campus building entrances and steps
3. Disabled parking areas and shuttle-bus shelters in parking lots SG4, AV14, RP10 and CG1
4. Campus sidewalks
       o Major thoroughfares
       o Minor thoroughfares
5. Delivery and unloading zones
6. University-owned thoroughfares, as conditions require
7. Parking lots, when accumulation is greater than 3 inches
The MU Recreation Trail will not be cleared after a winter weather event.
 Campus Facilities-Landscape Services coordinates the MU campus weather event response. Other campus departments responsible for responding to weather events include:
• Residential Life
• University of Missouri Health Care (Hospital & Clinics)
• Intercollegiate Athletics
• MU Police Department
• Other Campus Facilities departments
To stay safe during the storm, please keep in mind the following tips:

• If a winter storm strands you in your vehicle, stay in the car unless help is visible within 100 yards. If stranded in your vehicle, display a trouble sign by hanging a brightly colored cloth on the radio antenna.
• Avoid frostbite and hypothermia by selecting proper clothing for the conditions. Wear clothes and a hat, as ears and fingertips are the most prone to frostbite.
• Take short steps and walk at a slower pace. If you must walk in the street, always walk AGAINST the traffic and as close to the curb as possible.
• Avoid sneakers and other shoes with rubber soles. Leather soles provide better traction on slippery surfaces.
• Be aware of surrounding vehicles that may have lost traction and are sliding toward you. Realize that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or traffic signals.
• In the event of a significant amount of snow or ice, be cautious when of ice on the rooftops which may slide or fall and cause an injury to

MU officials will contact the media in the event of a change in class schedules. MU employees should contact their individual department offices with questions about whether or not to report to work. Remember, even when classes are cancelled, campus is never closed.

In the event of the severe winter storm, some MU events, including athletics may be cancelled. There also may be reduced building hours. For this information, as well as information regarding road and sidewalk clearings, please visit