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Update – March 1, 2015

OSU will be open as scheduled Monday. Watch for icy conditions and use caution when driving and walking.

National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Oklahoma. Cold temperatures and wintery precipitation chances will continue through Monday.

OSU will announce any closings/cancelations through state and local media outlets, text alerts, social media, email and safety.okstate.edu .

02/28/15 - Adjusted hours for University Dining Services

Cold Weather Tips

Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold, vehicles accidents due to winter weather conditions and fires due to the improper use of heating devices. Many of these deaths and injuries can be avoided with proper planning.  

  • Have a plan – Everyone should have a plan of how to deal with ice, snow, and frigid cold weather. OSU Snow and Ice Removal Plan
  • Keep up with the weather if you have travel plans – If winter precipitation is forecast,  consider delaying the trip to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation. Even small amounts of freezing drizzle, sleet or snow can cause significant travel problems.
  • Develop and maintain an emergency supplies kit – A winter storm safety kit will be critical should a winter storm cause you to lose electrical power and/or water service. A three-day supply of essential supplies, including water and food for the family, batteries, flashlights, and medical supplies, should be in place and checked frequently. This supply kit will be the same one you should have on hand during tornado season. In addition, if you have to travel this winter you should have an emergency survival kit in your vehicle as well.
  • Pay attention to NWS watches, warnings and advisories – The National Weather Service works hard to get the word out as far in advance as possible when winter storms approach. Whether you get your information from television and radio, the Internet, or weather radio, keep up to date on the latest forecasts and warnings.
  • Get a battery operated weather radio – One of the items that should be in everyone’s disaster supplies kit is a battery operated weather radio. Weather radio is a service of the National Weather Service and provides round the clock weather information, including all the latest winter weather information.
  • Stay warm - In bitterly cold weather, it is important to stay warm. Hypothermia begins when your body temperature drops just two or three degrees and can occur after just 30 minutes of exposure. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, slurred speech, then loss of coordination and confusion. This is a condition worse than frostbite and should be treated as soon as it becomes noticeable.

    Frostnip, the least severe form of frostbite, affects areas that are exposed to the cold such as cheeks, nose, ears, fingers, and toes, leaving them red and numb or tingly. Frostnip can be treated at home by immersing the chilled body parts in warm (not hot) water or use washcloths soaked in warm water, for 20 to 30 minutes until all sensation returns. Call your doctor if sensation does not return or there are signs of frostbite.  One sign of frostbite is when flesh becomes red and very painful as it thaws.

    • If you must be outdoors, limit your exposure to 30 minutes each time.
    • Be careful when warming body areas numb from the cold—the numbness may prevent the person from realizing he or she is being burned.
    • Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages as these can interfere with blood circulation and actually slow down the warming process.
    • DO drink warm beverages—ones that contain sugar may be especially helpful.
    • Wear several light layers of clothing; when you go outdoors, cover all exposed skin and, if possible, wear mittens instead of gloves.  Wear two pairs of socks: the first pair should be of silk or a synthetic fiber that does not hold moisture; the second pair should be of wool.
    • Beware of black ice on streets and sidewalks.  Practically invisible, it can develop on dry pavement when condensation freezes in shaded areas.
    • If you are using a space heater to stay warm, be sure to put it where it can’t be tipped over and keep it away from papers, drapery, and hanging coats.  Don’t use an extension cord with a space heater.  Make sure the power cord is in good condition, doesn’t present a tripping hazard, and is not covered up.
    • Candles are not permitted on campus.  If you use them at home, never leave lit candles unattended.
    • To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t use a gas-powered heater, or use a charcoal or gas grill indoors, and make sure the garage door is open before warming up your car.
    • If you have pets, bring them indoors or provide shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water

More information can be found at the National Weather Service

Safety Links

Snow On CampusSnow Removal Plan

View OSU's snow removal plan to learn the safest walking and driving routes across campus during snow and icy conditions.

Scam AlertRecent Scam Alerts

Oklahoma State University is warning the campus of several apparent scams targeting the university community.

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Oklahoma State University is set to begin prescribed burns over 12,000 acres west of Stillwater. The burns are the second step in OSU’s ongoing plan to rid the area of the extremely invasive and problematic Eastern red cedars.


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R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Training for Women

Spring 2015 Class:

February 25 , 6pm-9pm
February 26, 6pm-9pm
March 4, 6pm-9pm
March 5, 6pm-9pm

$30.00 for new attendees 

Classes will be held at the Brumley Center (across from the OSU Police Department at Farm and Orchard St.)

Limited Space is available—so enroll today!

Show up or Enroll by Contacting :
Lt. Mark Shearer
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Phone: (405) 744-5191

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Emergency: Call 911
Non-emergency: 405-744-6523