Cold Weather in Wisconsin can be very dangerous, especially for older adults. Precautions should be taken to ensure one's safety. It is important for all of us to prepare for the power of winter storms. During days of extreme cold weather it is best to remain in your home, but if you do need to travel, dress warmly and plan all trips ahead of time before heading outside, especially if you will be waiting for a bus. Plan your travels and check the latest weather reports to avoid being caught in a winter storm.
Below are some helpful links related to cold weather
Take Care in the Cold
Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Winter Facts from ReadyWisconsin
Cold weather can result in one of the following conditions if not monitored closely:
- Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ears or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected seek medical care immediately! A wind chill of –20° Fahrenheit (F) could cause frostbite in just 20 minutes or less.
- Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 95°F. It is very deadly. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are detected, seek medical care immediately.
- Overexertion puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make an existing medical condition worse.
Some of the dangers associated with winter storms include loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies.
It is important to put together a home emergency supply kit.
The list would include some of the following items:
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- Battery-Powered Weather Radio
- Bottled Water
- Non-perishable foods
- First aid supplies
- Fire extinguisher
- Extra Medications
If you use a fireplace or space heater make sure you have proper ventilation.
If you have pets, be sure to provide shelter and plenty of food & water.