‘I feel like a zombie’: Rutgers students on how to survive in the cold after Hurricane Matthew
Rutgers students in the Northeast are facing the daunting prospect of being in the winter cold when Hurricane Matthew comes knocking.
On Monday, Rutgers released a public health advisory, warning students to take extra precautions and prepare for a winter storm.
The storm is expected to bring wind gusts of up to 100 mph and heavy snowfall, bringing a potential threat of hypothermia and frostbite to some Rutgers students.
The state of New Jersey is also advising Rutgers students to wear face masks.
If students don’t have a plan in place to cope, they could suffer permanent damage or even death.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends wearing a face mask, but the Rutgers students’ department says that it’s a non-essential precaution.
“I don’t think it’s necessary.
I think you can get a bit of snow and that can get to your brain, but I don’t see the need to be wearing one,” said Jessica Mazzoni, a Rutgers sophomore.”
It’s not as bad as you think, it’s just not the same,” said freshman Lauren McPherson.
Some Rutgers students have taken to wearing face masks while driving, while others have taken a different approach.
“You could wear a mask on your head and you could use a mask at the same time,” said sophomore Hannah Burch.
The Rutgers public health department says it’s not recommending students get a mask, and students should be able to wear the same mask on campus as long as it’s properly insulated.
“We think the mask would be really helpful in the event that you’re going to be in the city, or if you’re just going to take a quick walk in the morning,” said Dr. Susan Hirschfeld, Rutgers public safety commissioner.
If you or anyone you know needs help:The Rutgers University Medical Center is offering free treatment to anyone who needs it.
Rutgers students who need treatment should call the emergency number listed on their personal emergency plan.
If that number doesn’t work, students can also call the Rutgers University Emergency Health Center at 856-979-1161.