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					   Yale’s OISS Guide to
SURVIVING and ENJOYING
SURVIVING and ENJOYING
  a New England Winter
Illness Prevention
Illness Prevention
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• Regular hand washing
• Plenty of sleep
  Plenty of water 
• Plenty of water
• Protect your skin and lips 
      •   Moisturizer (containing Shea Butter)
      •   Lip balm, Chapstick
      •   Neosporin for raw noses
      •   Avoid very hot showers
          Avoid very hot showers
• Frostbite
Clothing
  Function over fashion 
• Function over fashion
• Layering
• Accessories
    • Hat, scarf, and mittens or gloves
    • Warm socks
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    • Sturdy, waterproof boots
• Sunglasses
The Art of Layering
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1. Start with long    2. Add a top and 
underwear.            pants.
3. Add a long‐sleeve top    4. Add a fleece vest.
and thermal socks.
5. Add scarf, wool 
hat, gloves, and 
waterproof boots, 
then warm winter 
jacket with nylon
jacket with nylon 
outer layer to protect 
against wind, rain, 
against wind, rain,
and snow.
Q: What s the difference between 
Q: What’s the difference between
gloves and mittens?

A: Gloves keep the fingers separate and allow for 
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more movement, while mittens keep the fingers 
together, keeping the hands warmer.
together, keeping the hands warmer.



Gloves

                                        Mittens
Look for boots 
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that are 
waterproof and 
have good treads
have good treads 
for walking on ice 
and snow.  Make 
sure you have 
enough room for 
thermal socks. 
Winter Travel and Safety
Winter Travel and Safety
The Weather Forecast
The Weather Forecast

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  Local television
   • WFSB (CBS)
   • WTNH (ABC)
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   • WVIT (NBC)
   • WTIC (Fox)
  www.weather.com
• www weather com
• NOAA National Weather Service:
www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s794c.htm
School Closings
School Closings

  “Snow days”
• “S     d    ”
• Yale University: no closures
• Check local television and radio stations
• Delays and full day closings
Driving and Car Care
Driving and Car Care

  Be          d dd i         ith
• B prepared and drive with cautionti
• Ice scraper and brush
    • Clear the entire car of snow
• Pedestrians and cyclists, take care!
• AAA (American Automobile Association):
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www.aaapublicaffairs.com/Assets/Files/200711281238140.HowtoGoonIcean
dSnow.pdf
• “Car Talk” on NPR:
www.cartalk.com/content/features/WinterDriving/print_tips.pdf
Home Heating
Home Heating
Home Heating
Home Heating
• Comfort and safety
     least 65°F (18°C)
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• New Haven Livable City initiative at 946-7090
• Ways to save on heating:
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    • Turn the heat down at night and when you go out
    • Wear a sweater or sweatshirt at home
    • Winterize your home
           • Storm windows
           • Seal up drafts
Power Outages
Power Outages

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• Do NOT go near downed power lines
• Report power outages to United Illuminating at
499-3333
499 3333
• Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to
keep perishables cold
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• Flashlights and extra batteries
• Shelters in the event of extended outages
Caution
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• Do NOT use your stove or oven to heat y         your
home
• Electric space heaters
   • Keep furniture, clothing, and curtains at least 3 feet
   (1 meter) away
   • Do not leave unattended
• Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves
• Heating assistance to low-income families
   • Meet with OISS before enrolling
• Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Online Resources
Online Resources
• The State of Minnesota website on heating and safety:
www.staywarm.mn.gov/safety.htm

• The New York City Fire Department website:
www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/safety/firesafety_heating.shtml
Winter Fun
 Sledding




• Divinity School Hill
• Edgerton Park
Ice Skating
Ice Skating
• Yale’s Ingalls Rink for public skating (skate rentals NOT available):
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http://yalebulldogs.cstv.com/facilities/facingalls.html
• Ralph Walker Skating Rink (skate rentals available):
http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/ParksInformation/walker.asp
Downhill (Alpine) Skiing and 
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Snowboarding




Ski Sundown:  www.skisundown.com
Mohawk Mountain:  www.mohawkmtn.com 
Mohawk Mountain: www mohawkmtn com
Mt. Southington:  www.mountsouthington.com
Woodbury Ski Area:  www.woodburyskiarea.com
Vermont:  www.skivermont.com 
New Hampshire:  www.skinh.com 
Maine:  www.skimaine.com 

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) 
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
annual ski trip:  www.yale.edu/gpss
Cross‐
Cross‐Country (Nordic) Skiing 
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and Snowshoeing

Winding Trails Recreation Association: 
www.windingtrails.org 
Northwest Park: 
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www.northwestpark.org 
Woodbury Ski Area: 
Woodbury Ski Area:
www.woodburyskiarea.com 
Connecticut State Parks: 
www.ct.gov/dep 
The White Memorial Conservation Center: 
www.whitememorialcc.org
www whitememorialcc org
Indoor Activities
Indoor Activities
• Payne Whitney Gym 
• Yale’s winter sports teams: www.yalebulldogs.com
• Museums
        • Yale Center for British Art:  ycba.yale.edu
        • Yale University Art Gallery:  artgallery.yale.edu
        • Peabody Museum:  www.peabody.yale.edu
• Watch a movie 
        • New Haven Public Library (free DVD loans):  
          www.cityofnewhaven.com/library 
        • Netflix (rental DVDs delivered to your door or online streaming):  
          www.netflix.com
        • Criterion Cinemas on Temple Street:  www.criterioncinemas.com
• The McDougal G&P Winter Ball @ The New Haven Lawn Club
                           SUGGESTED WINTER SHOPPING LIST

OUTER CLOTHING
 WARM SOCKS (natural fibers like wool or cotton are good choices)
 GLOVES/MITTENS (look for cashmere or Thinsulate lining)
 SCARF
 WARM HAT and/or EAR MUFFS
 WARM WATERPROOF JACKET/COAT (down and Thinsulate are two of the warmest linings)
 WARM WATERPROOF BOOTS (look for good grip soles)

INNER CLOTHING
 TURTLENECKS or LONG‐SLEEVE SHIRTS
 SWEATERS
 FLEECE SHIRTS
 FLEECE LINED PLANTS
 FLEECE / FLANNEL PAJAMAS
 THERMAL/LONG UNDERWEAR/TIGHTS (silk thermal wear is less bulky than cotton)
NOTE: long underwear or “long johns” are unisex, but tights are for women

ESSENTIAL ITEMS
 CHAPSTICK/LIP BALM (voted #1 essential item)
 HAND/BODY LOTION (try Curel, Eucerin or Nivea brands; look for Shea Butter as an ingredient)
 FLANNEL BED SHEETS

				
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