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Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

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Your personal health and safety can be in jeopardy during extreme winter cold. When temperatures drop and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body quickly and can lead to serious health problems. The most common problems are Hypothermia and Frostbite. Seniors are especially at risk for cold weather illness. Visit the Department of Senior Services’ website for more information on emergency preparedness for seniors. It’s also important to prepare your home and your car ahead of time for cold winter weather. Taking preventative action is your best defense against extreme cold. 

Health problems related to extreme cold:

If you have been exposed to extreme cold and are experiencing the following symptoms, call 911 Immediately.

  • Hypothermia: Abnormally low body temperature from prolonged exposure to cold
  • Frostbite: Causes loss of feeling and color in affected areas of the body, often the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes
  • Heart Disease: Those with heart conditions are at a greater risk during extreme cold, so be extra aware of your symptoms

Help for the Homeless:

Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather: 

Additional Winter Safety Resources: