Excessive Cold

Before

  • Regularly stay informed by following the news.
  • Make sure checking the forecast is a part of your regular routine so you will know when to expect cold weather.
  • If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning.
  • Dress for outdoors even if you do not think you will be out much.
  • Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars.

During

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, and warm clothes are suggested.
  • Eat regularly. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • If you must go outside:
  • Walk carefully on snowy and icy sidewalks. Slips and falls occur frequently in winter weather.
  • Learn how to walk like a penguin here.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from severely cold air.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.

After

  • Avoid traveling until conditions have improved.
  • Check to see if your friends and neighbors are okay.
  • For more information on signs of frostbites and hypothermia, click here.