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N E W S   R E L E A S E

 

Jan. 6, 2014

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

 

Jody Puckett; Communications Director
757-253-6605; Email

 

County information for extreme cold weather

 

Wind chill values are predicted to hit 5 to 10 below zero beginning at midnight tonight through noon on Tuesday. Without precautions, the risk for frost bite or hypothermia are high. County officials are urging residents to stay indoors and take precautions should you need to be outside. Residents in need of a warm shelter can contact the Greater Williamsburg United Way at 757-229-2222 which is staffed 24 hours. United Way coordinates with the Community of Faith Mission which operates a winter sheltering program at some area churches.

 

To lower your risk:

  • Wear cold weather appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing and cover your face and mouth if possible.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
  • Stay dry, and if you become wet, remove any wet clothing immediately.
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • If the heat in your home doesn’t work properly, contact your local government to find a warming center near you.

Additional information on dealing with extreme cold is available online at the Virginia Department of Health and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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