When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. Many homes will be too cold—either due to a power failure or because the heating system isn't adequate for the weather. When people must use space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm, the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning increases.
Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.
What Is Extreme Cold?
What constitutes extreme cold and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered “extreme cold.” Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems. Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat.
- You may have to cope with power failures and icy roads.
- Many homes will be too cold.
- Space heaters and fireplaces increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Exposure to cold temperature can cause other serious health problems.
- When temperatures drop below normal, heat can leave your body more rapidly.
· For further information on severe winter weather visit www.cdc.gov or www.ready.gov
Hitting the road this holiday? In some areas winter weather means snow, sleet, and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, and unseen dangers. Are you prepared? According to a recent FEMA survey, 52% of people reported having supplies set aside for use in a disaster.
If your travel needs call for driving in wintry weather, prepare your car for the trip by updating your vehicle emergency kit with:
- Booster cables
- Blankets, hats, socks, and mittens
- Road salt or sand
- Fluorescent distress flag
While on the road, follow these driving techniques to ensure you reach your destination safely:
- Decreasee your speed and leave plenty of room to stop
- Break gently to avoid skidding
- Do not use crusie control or overdrive on icy roads
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to others
Road conditions can change quickly! Should disaster strike when traveling, keep up with weather forecasts and plan ahead. Remember safety first. If weather conditions are too severe, it is best not to drive.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Types of Alerts Can I Receive?
Emergency-to be used in the event there is an immediate danger to life or health.
General-to be used for information of developing issues, public announcements-i.e. mosquito fogging, chemical release-not posing an immediate threat, boil water advisories, etc.
Weather-the following Warnings are sent by the National Weather Service.
- Severe Thunderstorm
- Flash Flood
What Do I Need to Do?
- If you have a listed number then you should already be in the system for EMERGENCY calls only.
- If you wish to receive General and/or Weather notifications you must register.
- If you only use a cell phone you must register to receive any notification.
- If you recently moved or changed your phone number, you must register.
How Do I Register?
- Go to www.louisvilleky.gov
- Follow the on-screen links and input your information
- If you need assistance contact MetroCall 311
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Below are Public Service Announcements that are currently relevent:
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There is much more information about carbon monoxide, generators, and home heating there!
TRAIN DERAILMENT INFORMATION
Click here to get information on cost recovery from the train derailment that occurred October 29th, 2012.
Preparing for a Disaster
An emergency can strike anywhere, at any time. Are you prepared for disaster? Check out our Preparing for Disaster section to the left for tips to prepare for events such as extreme heat, extreme cold, floods, tornado warnings, and earthquakes.
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY INFORMATION
With unpredictable severe weather conditions always in the forecast, please use caution when encountering downed power lines.
Use these tips when Planning for Disaster.
A Watch means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident may occur in your area. Monitor weather conditions / hazardous incident closely.
A Warning means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident is occurring or is imminent. Seek shelter immediately!
Learn how to protect yourself during various disasters. Click here.
All of Louisville's 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, and emergency management staff are operating out of one state-of-the-art facility: the MetroSafe building is located at 5th and Liberty Streets in downtown Louisville. ( Map it ). Read more about the facility.
Louisville Emergency Management Agency
The Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and manmade disasters through advance coordination with local, state and federal agencies. For more information regarding Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Emergency Management Agency, visit their website.