The Berrien County Office of Emergency Management wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures.
"Whether traveling or at home, subfreezing temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions," said Capt. Rockey Adams, Emergency Management Coordinator. "We continue to urge people throughout the Midwest to monitor their local weather reports and take steps now to stay safe."
During cold weather, you should take the following precautions:
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;
Dress in layers and keep dry;
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance;
Know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
Bring your pets indoors or ensure they have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.
Make sure your vehicle has an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper, blanket and flashlight - and keep the fuel tank above half full.
If you are asked to stay off the roads, stay home. If you must drive, don't travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule, have a charged cell phone, and stay on main roads.
You can find more information and tips on being ready for winter weather and extreme cold temperatures at Ready.gov.