Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Preparing Yourself for the Cold

By: 23 Storm Team/National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville
By: 23 Storm Team/National Weather Service, Chicago/Romeoville

When we think about life-threatening winter weather, we often think first about heavy snow, blizzards, and ice. But perhaps the most dangerous, and surely the longest lasting winter weather element is the extreme cold temperatures that we see all too often throughout the winter months here in the Stateline.

The following information comes to us via the National Weather Service Forecast office in Chicago/Romeoville...

"The American Red Cross urges winter weather safety. The blustery Cold and blowing snow of an Illinois winter is upon us. Do you know how to protect yourself from life-threatening situations that arise with hazardous weather? If not, now is the perfect time to prepare yourself and your family before you're left out in the cold. For free brochures on winter weather precautions, call your local Red Cross chapter today.

The cold winters in Illinois are sometimes, quite literally, bone chilling! If you are out in the cold and notice dizziness, numbness, confusion, and impaired vision, you may have hypothermia. Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to this life-threatening condition which causes your body temperature to fall below normal, affecting how your body functions. To treat hypothermia call 9-1-1 or your local emergency medical system and move to a warmer place."

For more information on how to prepare for the cold winter months, follow the link below to the American Red Cross website.

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