Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wind Chill Advisory

Good morning

Several years ago the emergency management community and the National Weather Service Office in Albany agreed on an advisory protocol for unusually cold temperatures. If there are three consecutive days of average temperatures of 10 degrees or less (as measured at Albany) there would be conference calls between the NWS and local OEMs. While the current cold spell does not meet that criteria, it is a good opportunity to remind everyone of some of the hazards associated with extreme cold:

Frostbite and hypothermia (in both humans and animals) is a real threat. Cover exposed areas of the body to conserve heat.

Avoid overexertion - cold weather puts an increased strain on the heart.

Use caution with auxiliary heat sources. During periods of very cold weather the incidence of fires and carbon monoxide calls rise.

Pipes will freeze quickly. To prevent this, insulate the pipes and if necessary run a trickle of water through a faucet.

Weak car batteries may fail to start a vehicle. If you are stranded in your vehicle in blowing snow conditions., stay with the vehicle unless assistance is clearly visible.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for Western Ulster County from 7 PM this evening until noon on Wednesday. Wind chill readings (a combination of temperature and wind) are expected to be from -15 to -25 during this period.