• For faculty and staff, familiarize yourself with Duke's Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy and know if you are in an "essential service" position.
  • Review the snow/ice clearing map to determine the priority walkways, roads and parking lots to use during winter weather.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is fully stocked and replenish any missing items. Your emergency kit should include one gallon of water per person for at least three days, a three-day supply of food, a battery or hand-crank radio, a flashlight, a basic first aid kit, personal sanitation supplies, personal medications, and backup batteries for cell phones.
  • Prepare your residence and place of work. Have additional sources of heat (such as fireplaces or space heaters) that are properly ventilated to prevent a fire.


If the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy is activated due to winter weather:

  • Do not report to work if you are in a "delayed service" position. Only staff in "essential service" positions should report or remain at work if the severe weather and emergency conditions policy is active.
  • Use caution when traveling on or around campus. Use priority roads and sidewalks [hyperlink priority snow clearing map hosted on this website] for your commute and avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Avoid going outdoors and ensure that you are properly clothed for the cold and wet if you do need to venture outside.
  • Monitor the DukeALERT site for updates or call the severe weather hotline (919-684-INFO).
  • Use caution while traveling around campus as surfaces may be icy or slick. Sloped surfaces, stairs, ramps, and paths not identified as the preferred route of travel should be avoided.
  • Use walkways, roads and parking lots designated for priority clearing on campus.


  • Do not return to work or school until the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions policy has been deactivated.
  • Use caution when driving, paying close attention to potential black ice.

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