Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Winter weather is here: HFC weather procedures

Mazzara building in winter

W inter weather is on the way! Some of us enjoy the weather this time of year; others are less excited when the snow flies. At HFC, we do all we can to keep our campuses and community safe, while keeping our commitment to providing the education you expect from us year-round.

Please review our weather-related information and procedures, and make sure your HFC Alerts notification settings are up to date.

Keep in mind, if you do not see an official closure announcement through the multiple channels we use, it means both campuses are OPEN for normal operations.

Be prepared for winter weather

Keep in mind some basic safety tips for winter:

Car and driving tips:

  • Check your tire pressure, and the tread on your tires. Replace tires if there is little tread left. (The minimum amount of tread can be measured by taking a Lincoln penny, facing you, with Lincoln's head facing down inside the tire tread. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, you need to replace your tires immediately.)
  • Make sure your engine oil is at the recommended levels.
  • Check your washer fluid, and make sure the reservoir is full and the jets are clear.
  • Replace your wipers if you haven't done so for a long time.
  • Make sure your heater and defroster are working at optimal levels.
  • Make sure your car battery is in good shape and will hold a charge even in cold weather. (If you do need a jump start while on campus, call Campus Safety for help).
  • Keep at least one ice scraper / snow brush handy in your car.
  • Always clear all snow from your entire car before driving. This includes all windows, mirrors, the hood, roof, and trunk, and all lights.
  • Drive safely, and at a safe speed for conditions. This means not too fast, and also not too slow, which could cause other drivers to run into you. Drive only on streets where you are reasonably comfortable driving (e.g. surface streets may be preferable to highways on certain days).
  • Leave your house early! If you have plenty of time to reach your destination, you will be able to select alternate routes, drive at a safe speed, and possibly avoid rush-hour traffic.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times. If an accident or other incident delays your arrival on campus, notify your professor or supervisor when it is safe for you to do so. Only use your phone hands-free -- if at all -- while you are driving. Pull off to a safe place before making or receiving any calls.

Warmth and personal safety:

  • Keep a pair of ice grips or traction cleats (such as Yaktrax) in your car in case you find yourself stopped in an icy place.
  • Keep winter boots in your car.
  • Keep a warm winter coat in your car.
  • Keep warm gloves, a warm hat, and scarf in your car.
  • Keep a warm blanket in your car.
  • If you struggle with asthma or other respiratory difficulties exacerbated by cold, dry weather, consult your health care provider to make sure you have the tools and techniques you need to stay safe.

Visit our Campus Safety tips page for further information about overall safety.