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Posted on: January 29, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Be Prepared for Extreme Temperatures This Week


The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning in effect through Thursday at 4 p.m.  Wind chills as low as 30 to 35 below zero are expected Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, with the coldest wind chills as low as 40 below zero possible on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

In these temperatures, frostbite could occur on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, and can cause hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Bring pets inside.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you seek medical care immediately if you detect symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia.

Residents are also encouraged to have emergency supplies on hand in case of an electric or water outage. Supplies should include:

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars.
  • 1 gallon of water per person and enough to last four days.
  • Flashlights and batteries.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Four-day supply of prescription medicines.
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member.
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets.

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