Dangerously low temperatures 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 cold
“Subfreezing temperatures can be dangerous and even life-threatening for
people who don't take the proper precautions,” FEMA Regional Administrator
Andrew Velasquez III. “It is important for everyone to monitor their local
weather reports and take steps now to stay safe during times of extreme cold
During 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
* 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
* Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper,
blanket and flashlight--and keep the fuel tank above half full.