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Dinolfo Urges Residents To Take Precautions During Extreme Cold Weather

Dinolfo Urges Residents To Take Precautions During Extreme Cold Weather

With forecasts predicting periods with temperatures plunging below zero over the weekend, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo urged residents to take the proper steps needed to prepare for weather-related challenges.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service have issued a Wind Chill Warning, in effect from February 12th through the morning of February 14th for Monroe County. Wind chill temperatures are predicted to reach as low as 30 degrees below zero.

“As Western New Yorkers we are all too familiar with the challenges winter weather presents,” said Dinolfo. “Extreme cold and wind chill contain hidden dangers and we are advising everyone to take precautions to remain safe and warm this weekend.”

In order to prepare for freezing temperatures, County Executive Dinolfo and the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management offer these tips:

· Develop a household emergency plan – communicate the details to all family members.
· Minimize outside activities – particularly for the elderly, youths and pets.
· Check on neighbors – especially those who are elderly, physically handicapped or infirmed.
· Stay informed – check the news for further emergency information and up-to-date information on weather conditions.
· Dress appropriately – wear loose, lightweight and warm clothing in several layers; also wear hats and gloves.
· Check symptoms of hypothermia – include inability to concentrate, poor coordination, slurred speech, drowsiness, exhaustion and shivering.
· Check for frostbite – skin may become numb or flushed.
· Prevent pipes from freezing and/or bursting – turn on both hot and cold faucets; preferably in a basement sink.
· Be power savvy – turn off and unplug lights and appliances not in use to prevent a circuit overload and avoid losing power.
· Check for carbon monoxide poisoning – check your CO detector, do not use generators, kerosene heaters and other gas-operated equipment inside the home.
· Stock up on emergency supplies – including flashlights, extra batteries, bottled beverages, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
· Rock salt & shovels– maintain adequate supply for steps and walkways.
· Keep your vehicles winterized – keep gas tank at least half-full and keep a blanket, extra clothing, flashlight, snow brush and scraper and jumper cables in vehicles.

For more information, visit the Public Safety section of the Monroe County website at www2.monroecounty.gov/safety-preparedness.php