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Take Steps to Reduce Exposure to Cold

January 6, 2015 11:40 AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges the community to take precautions and monitor local weather reports during this week’s dangerously low temperatures and accumulating snow.  Following are some steps you can take to stay safe:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;
  • Dress in layers and keep dry;
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance;
  • Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
  • Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.
  • Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.
  • If you are told to stay off the roads, stay home. If you must drive, don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule, stay on main roads, and allow extra time for travel.
  • Dial *999 for roadway assistance - and stay with your vehicle in the event of a breakdown.
  • Black ice can form on roads that appear clear - and the unseen ice can be treacherous.  Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas - all are prone to black ice.

For more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures, click here.


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