The library is open again today, and is nice and toasty. Come on in grab a book or a spot at a computer, and spend awhile warming up.
FEMA has put out some suggestions to stay safe and warm before, during, and after winter storms and extreme cold.
- Remember to watch for signs of hypothermia such as uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
- If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
- Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
- Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
- Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
Curious just what a polar vortex is? Check out this Q&A with CNN’s senior meteorologist, who explains just what is going on.