Take Extra Precautions as Temperatures Drop and Snow Moves In

CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures and snow are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of winter weather.

“Subfreezing temperatures and snowstorms can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don’t take the proper precautions,” said Janet M. Odeshoo, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region V. “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and have a plan now for how to stay safe in severe winter weather conditions.”

During snowstorms and extreme cold weather, you should take the following precautions:

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, shovel, blanket and flashlight – and keep the fuel tank above half full.

You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.