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To help prevent participants from injury severe weather, the following safety plan will be implemented for Campus Recreation programs. Please refer to the Athletic & Recreation Facilities Emergency Procedures Manual for specific building-related concerns.
Individuals with Mobility Impairments or Physical Disabilities
Campus Recreation employees are responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities. The elevator may be used to transport individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities and their escorts to safe shelters. Visually impaired and hearing impaired individuals may be escorted down the stairs to safe shelters, but may require assistance in moving in crowded staircases and in finding the safe shelter.
This is a forecast of the possibility of severe thunderstorms (rain, hail, or high winds) developing in a large geographic area. University operations continue as normal, but stay alert for sudden changes in weather conditions. If possible, monitor local radio stations or local Internet weather sites. More information available through GVSU Emergency.
A severe thunderstorm (with rain, hail, or high winds) has been sighted and may be approaching the area. University operations continue as normal. Outdoor athletic and intramural events may be cancelled. Remain inside the building and be alert for changes in weather conditions. More information available through GVSU Emergency.
Campus Recreation will utilize a lightning detection device to aid in the policy implementation. If the strike alert detection device seems to be unreliable or you are questioning the accuracy, faulty batteries, or other areas of concerns, the “Flash to Bang” method should be used in place of the pager system.
To use the Flash-to-Bang method, count the time from when you see a lightning strike until you hear thunder. If that time is 30 seconds or less, the storm is within 6 miles of you. Stop all activity and clear the area immediately. Activity may be resumed 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder.
The safest area is the center of the building as close to the basement or ground floor as possible. Placards have been placed at main entrances to academic buildings alerting the designated shelter location. Placards are also placed at the designated shelter location. View the recommended emergency shelter locations in each building. In the event the locations do not provide enough space, individuals should be directed to a lower level room with interior walls and without windows.
More information available through GVSU Emergency.
To help reduce risk of heat illness, we will monitor the outdoor temperature by using the Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer (WBGT) readings from a digital sling psychrometer. All outdoor activities operate under a specific set of guidelines that are used to determine the level of risk. The Supervisor is responsible for communicating to all participants and employing these guidelines.
COLD WATER SUBMERSION
Cold water submersion (35°F – 59°F) is the most effective way of cooling the body if a heat stroke is suspected. The participant should be removed from the water when the core temperature reaches 102°F and transported via EMS.
The following policy guides decision making for patient safety regarding environmental cold injuries. Exposure to cold presents an inherent risk of injury. It is important to note that the following guidelines for activity and associated limitations apply only in the absence of precipitation. It is unclear at exactly what rate of rain or snow fall, in conjunction with the air temperature and wind rate, conditions become unsafe. However, it is clear that precipitation, most notably rain and snow, significantly increases the risk of environmental cold injury. Therefore, in circumstances involving precipitation, decisions about delays and cancellations will be made by the Supervisor on an individual basis based upon the current conditions
Forecast of hazardous winter weather due to various elements such as heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulation from freezing rain. A watch is a long-range prediction. Watches are generally issued by the National Weather Service at least 12 hours before hazardous weather is expected to begin. University operations continue as normal. More information through GVSU Emergency.
Hazardous winter weather is imminent and there is a good possibility of heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulation from freezing rain. University operations may be suspended or delayed. More information through GVSU Emergency.
Any situation where an individual has been exposed to cold weather and would like to lay down and rest should be considered a medical emergency and necessitate activation of the EAP.