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5323Wind Chill Warning - Community Advisory

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  • Cathy Plevy
    Jan 23, 2014
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      The National Weather Service has issued a WIND CHILL ADVISORY for
      Montgomery County until 9:00 am Friday. High winds combined with below
      freezing temperatures are expected to drive the wind chill temperatures
      to below -5F. In these temperatures, exposed skin will freeze within 5
      minutes. Hypothermia is a dangerous possibility. Residents are advised
      to dress in layers when functioning outdoors.

      Dress for the Weather

      Wear several layers of loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing
      rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be
      tightly woven and water repellent.

      Wear mittens which are warmer than gloves.

      Wear a hat.

      Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.


      Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause hypothermia,
      especially in children and the elderly. Watch for these symptoms:

      Inability to concentrate
      Poor coordination
      Slurred speech
      Uncontrollable shivering, followed by a sudden lack of shivering

      If the person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit,
      get emergency medical assistance immediately! Remove wet clothing, wrap
      the victim in warm blankets and give warm, non-alcoholic,
      non-caffeinated liquids until help arrives.


      People working or playing outdoors during the winter can develop
      frostbite and not even know it. There is no pain associated with the
      early stages of frostbite, so learn to watch for these danger signs:

      First, the skin may feel numb and become flushed. Then it turns white
      or grayish-yellow. Frostbitten skin feels cold to the touch.

      If frostbite is suspected, move the victim to a warm area. Cover the
      affected area with something warm and dry. Never rub it!

      Then get to a doctor or hospital as quickly as possible.

      Be safe!

      Catherine E. Plevy
      Assistant to the Chief of Police
      Public Information Officer (PIO)
      Office of the Chief of Police
      7500 Maple Avenue
      Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
      (301) 891-7142 - desk
      (240) 338-2901 - cell