The Red Cross has issued winter safety tips for residents to follow when the weather takes a turn for the worse, like it’s expected to in the next few days. Community disaster educator, Martha Staley, says one of the most important things to do is dress properly. You should cover your hands and ears, and wear lots of thin layers.
"Stay in if at all possible if it’s that bitter cold, dress in those layers, be aware of your health when you’re working out in the snow, if you have heart problems obviously you want to be aware of your own health," Staley explained.
Staley also says if you see a neighbor struggling, help them. Just in case disaster strikes, or the power or heat go out, you should always have an emergency preparedness plan in place.
"We promote having a plan and even that plan with your neighbors, if the power goes out, your relatives will come to your house if this happens so have that preparedness plan in place before it hits and then it alleviates all the panic."
When the weather gets bad, you should also keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle, have extra food and flashlights ready to go, and also, know the signs of frostbite or hypothermia. You can find more tips at www.RedCross.org.