Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds.

If severe weather or a regional emergency prevents you from leaving UIC, the campus will provide information and assistance while you remain on campus as it becomes available. Please call the UIC Hotline at (312) 413-9696 or check the UIC home page at

If You Are Under a Winter Storm Warning: Find Shelter Right Away. Stay off roads. Stay indoors and dress warmly. Prepare for power outages.  Check on neighbors. Use generators outside only. Listen for emergency information and alerts. Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.


Recognize and Respond

Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, ­fingers, and toes.

  • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, ­firm or waxy skin.
  • ­Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. DO NOT massage or use a heating pad.

Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95°F is an emergency.

  • ­Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness.
  • ­Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first: chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.