Qué pasó: Take precautions during this week’s cold weather

Courtesy National Weather Service.
Courtesy National Weather Service.

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ity officials want to remind residents about city-offered services during this winter’s extreme weather.

“As we brace for cold temperatures, city departments are prepared to clear snow from streets and perform well being checks,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “But we also ask residents to help prepare for winter, check on their neighbors during extreme temperatures and call for assistance when necessary.”

Officials urge residents to prepare for cold temperatures and snowy conditions by preparing emergency kits for homes and vehicles and stocking up on necessities, which will help in emergency situations or if weather conditions become dangerous.

Residents should be cognizant of weather conditions, heed the warnings given by experts, and recognize the implications of wind chill advisories, winter storm watches and warnings. Residents should know the signs and care of frostbite and hypothermia. Winter preparation information is available at www.alertchicago.com, including links to other local, state and federal resources.

Officials also encourage residents to act now to make sure pipes in homes are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air. This includes pipes in garages and unheated areas of the home. If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them, use a hair dryer or heating pad.

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Community Service Centers located throughout the city that double as warming centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Links to warming center information and flyers in English and Spanish are posted at www.cityofchicago.org/fss and www.facebook.com/chicagoDFSS.

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