Eastern Michigan University to remain closed Thursday, Jan. 31, due to weather conditions

YPSILANTI --  Eastern Michigan University will remain closed on Thursday, Jan. 31, due to the cold weather conditions.

Residence halls and apartments will remain open. Campus dining/food service will be available at The Commons, Eastern Eateries and CrossRoads MarketPlace. Eastern Eateries will close at 10 p.m. instead of 1 a.m.

Due to the 24/7 nature of some campus operations, certain designated personnel such as heating plant, physical plant, food service, public safety, WEMU and other employees within specific areas of the University may be required to work. All other employees should remain at home in accordance with the Eastern Michigan University Weather Policy and applicable collective bargaining agreements. During the period of closure, all employees are expected to check the University closure website and other media sources to receive updates regarding the closure and reopening of campus. 

The University will be open Friday, Feb. 1, for all regular campus activities. 

University leaders are closely monitoring the situation and will communicate additional information as warranted. Students, faculty and staff should monitor their emich.edu email and the main University website for further updates. If you have not signed up for the RAVE emergency text alert system, please do so at www.emich.edu/alerts/.

Wind chill safety advisory

The combination of wind and low temperature in winter can be extremely dangerous. Wind chill temperatures are projected to be in the -25  to -40 degree range. Wind chill values near -25 degrees mean that frostbite is possible within 15 minutes.

Frostbite is the freezing of skin and the body tissue just beneath it. It first affects exposed body tissue where blood circulation may be limited such as your fingers, toes, nose and ears. To minimize frostbite, make sure all body parts are well covered. When frostbite starts, feeling is lost in the affected area and the frozen tissue will take on a white or pale appearance. If you suspect you are experiencing frostbite, hold the frostbitten area closely against warm skin to return blood flow and warmth to the affected area.

Hypothermia is a dangerously low body temperature and is the most common winter weather killer. If you or your clothing are wet, then hypothermia becomes even more likely. Warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech and drowsiness. Immediate medical attention should be given to victims suspected of suffering from hypothermia.  

 When outdoors during cold weather, follow these tips:

  • Dress layered. Trapped air between loose fitting clothing helps to insulate.
  • Stay covered. Wear mittens or gloves and wear a hat. 
  • Stay dry. Wet clothing results in much faster heat loss from your body. Wear waterproof insulated boots.

January 30, 2019

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Geoff Larcom