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State Police Want People To Prepare For Extreme Cold

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- As temperatures hover around zero degrees and wind chills plunge temperatures even colder, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is reminding people to prepare for the extreme cold. 

"Now is the time to prepare and to take the proper precautions," said Cpt. Chris Kelenske. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

To stay safe in the cold weather, MSP asks people to:

      - stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens and gloves, in addition to a warm coat and always protect your lungs with a scarf.

     - watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.

     - watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.

     - understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person's body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia. 

     - weather-proof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.

     - check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and battery life.

     - check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

     - watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.

     - check and restock your emergency preparedness kit. If you don't have a kit, make one.

     - minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in your kit in case you become stranded. 

 

Citizens who need assistance or guidance are asked to call 211. For more information about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit the MSP/EMHSD's emergency preparedness website or Twitter page

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