Winter weather in Wisconsin has several hazards that Globe University-La Crosse students must take into account when determining whether they should get on the road to get to class. Snow can be dangerous. Snow is possible in Wisconsin every day of the year (depending on where you live within the state), but a February snowstorm is much more likely than an August one. According to the Center for Disease Control, people should have an emergency car kit in their cars to prepare for snow or other emergencies. Items suggested are:
- Cell phone; portable charger and extra batteries
- Windshield scraper
- Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
- Flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Snack food
- Extra hats, coats, mittens
- Chains or rope
- Tire chains
- Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Bright colored flag; help signs
- First aid kit
- Tool kit
- Road maps
- Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
- Paper towels
Another suggestion for students (and all drivers alike) is making sure there is plenty of gas in the car. When cars run low on gas, they are more difficult to get started, and if a person gets stuck or stranded, a low tank will not allow for much time of warmth in the car before the tank runs dry. Especially on very cold mornings, having a more than half-full tank is important to getting the car started. If a tank has some water in it, it could freeze, and by having a fuller tank this is less likely.
Students should always call into Globe-La Crosse (608-779-2600) if and when they are going to miss class due to the weather or be late. Driving slowly during a slippery weather day is very important; living through the trip to school and being a bit tardy is better than injuring oneself on the way to that all important midterm exam. Also, if the weather is that bad, double check with your school to ensure classes will be in session.
According to Aimee Miritello, Globe-La Crosse Dean of Students, as soon as a judgment call can be made about severe or potentially severe weather, local radio and television states are informed. In addition all students, faculty, and staff are sent an email advising them to the state of campus closure.
Globe-La Crosse wants all students to remember safety is important and that each one needs to make the call for him or herself understanding that there may be some consequences to missing if campus is not closed, but often instructors are understanding of freezing rain or excessive snowfall.
On a very snow day this past January, student Audrey Brooks made a judgment call to stay home. “I chose to stay home because I didn’t want to risk my children’s and my life. I live an hour away, and it was safer for me to stay home. I would have had to take my children to my mom’s up on the ridge and roads are worse up on the ridge.”
If you feel that you cannot make it to class due to winter weather conditions, like Audrey felt, remember to contact your instructor and the front desk. This is your best chance at being able to be able to make up some of the missed classwork. Many students drive from a great distance and the weather varies greatly. What may be bad weather from one direction to the school may not be in the other three directions, so communicating with your instructor is your best bet for treacherous winter weather. Drive safely.
This post was written by Ree Nae Roberge-Greene. Ree Nae is the Student Services and Online Learning Coordinator at Globe University-La Crosse. She has been employed in at Globe University since January 2011. She moved into the role of Student Services Coordinator in August of 2011 and loves it! Ree Nae Roberge-Greene blogs for Globe-La Crosse, and she is enjoying the challenge of finding a new and exciting topic to write about each week.