Plan for Safe and Warm New Year!

Plan For a Safe and Warm New Year!

“As we anticipate the beginning of a new year, we encourage you to enjoy the festivities while taking precautions for dangerously cold weather and staying alert in crowded venues,” said Dale Lane, Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director. “Please review these safety tips and finish 2017 healthy, safe, and strong. Happy New Year!”
Avoid Cold-Weather Health Problems: Arctic temperatures continue in the Mid-South with a potential for light wintry precipitation late Saturday night through Sunday. Next week, morning wind chills may dip into the single digits or below. Take precautions!

  • Monitor the forecast and wind chill index at www.weather.gov.
  •  Limit time outdoors. If you must be outdoors:
  •  Wear layers with a coat, hat, mittens, scarf, and face
  • mask.
  •  Prolonged exposure to cold can lead to hypothermia
  • or frostbite. Learn the symptoms:
  •  Hypothermia: When the body loses heat faster than it
  • produces it. If body temperature falls below 95
  • degrees, victims may exhibit shivering, exhaustion,
  • confusion, memory loss, weak pulse, rapid heart rate, clumsiness, slurred speech, or drowsiness. First-aid: Bring victims indoors and warm them slowly. Seek medical attention.
  •  Frost bite: Freezing of body tissues. Victims may exhibit loss of feeling, a white, grayish or yellow skin color, skin may feel waxy, and numbness in fingers, toes, ears, or nose. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, lead to amputation or death. First-aid: Bring victims indoors and warm them slowly. Seek medical attention.
  •  Pets: Bring pets into a warm environment. Ensure they have ample food and water.
  •  Home: Wrap outdoor pipes. Let indoor faucets drip and open cabinet doors under faucets.
  •  Neighbor Check: Check on our at-risk citizens with an increased risk of cold-related health problems. They include seniors, infants and children, those with medical issues, those with mental illness, those taking certain medications, those using alcohol or drugs, and the homeless.
  • Crowd Safety: When attending crowded venues, such as the Liberty Bowl, a mall, or Beale Street, stay alert!
  •  Keep a charged cell phone with you.
  •  Arrive early to familiarize yourself with the venue.
  •  Note location of exits, security, and first-aid.
  •  Avoid outdoor locations without barricades.
  •  Have a plan of escape. Practice your plan!
  •  Review the “Run, Hide, Fight” active shooter response video at https://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0.
  •  Report suspicious activity to authorities. If you see something, say something!

Resources: www.ready.gov/prepare, www.dhs.gov