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What to do for inclement weather forecast statewide


Winter weather is in the forecast once again. In preparation for weather events, Clemson University has several ways to communicate with you should weather conditions affect classes and operations: 

You will be alerted to decisions to close offices and/or cancel classes as soon as possible. Remember: 

  • The governor can order the closure of state offices and campuses. 
  • State offices and campuses must close if county government offices in that location close.  
  • Clemson University’s administration may cancel classes or close offices. 

For faculty, staff and student workers, your supervisor is your first point of contact regarding expectations for work during an inclement weather event. Read Clemson University’s emergency closing policy and procedures so you will know what to do if conditions deteriorate and watch for additional University communications with instructions related to inclement weather. 

Faculty, Staff and Student Employees

  • For faculty, staff and student workers, your supervisor is your first point of contact regarding expectations for work during a hazardous weather event.  
  • Employees designated as essential for the purposes of maintaining essential and/or critical services during hazardous weather are to report to work, which may include working remotely, as directed by their supervisor. All other employees should follow the closing determinations regardless of whether they are scheduled to report to work in person or remotely on the day of the delay/closure. 
  • Leave-eligible employees who miss work time due to closure/delay for hazardous weather are asked to wait to enter leave until further guidance is received from the Office of the Governor. Clemson’s Office of Human Resources will share additional guidance when available.  
  • Employees without leave who miss work time due to closure or delay for hazardous weather should work with their supervisor to create a plan for making up time missed. 

Other Important Resource Sites 

To access updates offered by University groups, follow the Twitter accounts below: 

Safety During Weather Events 

Be aware of the danger of falling trees, high winds, flooding and power outages. 

  • Falling trees: Report fallen trees in roadways, sidewalks or other hazardous areas to facilities as soon as possible by calling CUPD (Clemson University Police Department) on 864-656-2222. Do not attempt to move trees yourself. 
  • High winds: The safest place to be during high winds is away from windows with as many walls between you and the wind and on the lowest level possible. In advance of these winds, remember to bring in any outside items that are not secured to the ground. 
  • Power outages: Report on-campus outages to CUPD at 864-656-2222. Charge your phone on a regular basis in case of an outage. Never use candles during a power outage and do not touch any downed power lines. 
  • Be sure to keep your cell phone charges so you can stay informed in case of power outages.
  • Watch for slippery road conditions.
  • Put together an emergency car kit with rock salt, a shovel, blankets, snacks, water and warm clothes.
  • Insulate your home’s pipes so they do not freeze if you lose power. Know how to turn off the water supply in the event your pipes freeze.