As Arkansans adjust to a variety of frozen precipitation from snow to sleet, the American Red Cross warns residents to be prepared for extreme cold as the National Weather Service issues a wind chill advisory for much of northern Arkansas.
“Persons living across the thirteen northern counties need to be dressed for warmth when outside for any period of time to prevent hypothermia,” stated American Red Cross Communication Information Officer, Brigette Williams. This includes covering any exposed skin with a coat, gloves and hat. Dressing in layers will add to the warmth.
Hypothermia usually occurs during cold weather. “With temperatures predicted to reach as low as minus ten degrees, it’s important to be aware of when someone may need help,” stated Williams. The symptoms of hypothermia include are as follows:
• Shivering, skin that is pale and cold to touch
• Individuals could be disoriented and too cold to shiver
• Breathing may become slower than usual
• Body temperature is below 95 degrees
If the individual shows symptoms of hypothermia, call 911 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it. Follow directions from 911, which may include:
• Warming the person slowly by wrapping them in a blanket or layer with towel, sheets
• If conscious, have them sip warm, non-alcoholic drink food
“With temperatures this dangerously low, it is also critical when traveling by car to keep additional blankets in the back seat, as well as bottled water and high energy snack,” stated Williams. “Don’t travel if at all possible with less than a tank of gas, in case your planned trip takes longer due to road conditions.” Keep your cell phone fully powered before leaving home and a car charger to stay charged on the road.
For more health related tips download the free Red Cross First Aid app from your Android or iPhone or call **REDCROSS to receive a link to download. For more tips visit redcross.org/arkansas; like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@RedCrossArkansas
About the American Red Cross in Arkansas:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/arkansas, redcross.org or follow us on Twitter@ArkRedCross.