lright, folks, we have finally reached the dead of winter, yet we have not had enough snow to cause major problems for our campus. Do you recall last January, when Eastern received about two feet of snow and many of us brave souls ventured out and uncovered our cars from the piles of snow that had formed? Now that you have heard how bad a winter can be around here, I am going to give you, the Eastern community, tips on how to weather out a winter storm so that we can all be more prepared to deal with a massive amount of accumulated snow.
First of all, anytime before a major snow event begins, it would not be a bad idea to get some groceries and store them in your dormitories. When a huge amount of snow comes, most likely the paths to the Dining Commons will be difficult to walk on. Also, before a major snow event, it is helpful to have a winter kit stored in your car. This can consist of cat litter or rock salt for traction for your tires, jumper cables, a flashlight, a blanket and a shovel in case you want to get a head start digging yourself out before the snow ends. That last bit is not highly recommended, however, as the snow would only continue to fall and cover your car once again. Once all of those items have been accomplished, if you are really a fan of the snow, sit back and enjoy what God has to offer with the scenery the snow can create. When it is all said and done, all that is left is just one huge mess. The cars parked on the side of the parking lot will more than likely be covered in snow, so here is where you make the decision for yourself: Do you wait until the temperature gets warmer and let the snow melt off the car or get working shoveling yourself out? Don’t expect Plant Operations to help you out very much because they are trying to keep the parking lots and all of the sidewalks clear. They are just going to reverse the process that you had been doing to shovel yourself out and make more of a mess for you to shovel out of. So there you have it: any snowstorm can be dealt with if you are prepared to weather it. So far this winter, not much snow has fallen, but you never know what the rest of winter could have in store, so the time to prepare is now.