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Get ready for severe winter weather
~ Protect yourself from hypothermia ~

Posted on 10/31/2008

October 31, 2008701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - Governor Hoeven has declared Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31, "Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week." North Dakotans are reminded to prepare for the severe winter weather ahead.

Hypothermia are two types of cold related emergencies. Hypothermia is the general cooling of the entire body. Body temperature drops below 95 degrees F. In hypothermia, the entire body cools because its ability to keep warm fails. The person will die if not given care. Signals of hypothermia include shivering, numbness, glassy stare, indifference and loss of consciousness. Shivering that stops without re-warming is a sign of deterioration and the need for immediate medical care.

The air temperature does not have to be below freezing for people to develop hypothermia, especially if the person is wet or if it is windy. Elderly people in poorly heated homes can develop hypothermia at higher temperatures. The homeless, the ill and young children are also at risk. Substances that interfere with the body's normal response to cold, such as alcohol, may cause hypothermia to occur more easily. Any medical condition, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, also can make a person more likely to develop hypothermia. Anyone remaining in cold water or wet clothing for a long time may also easily develop hypothermia.

For more information about how you can prepare for a variety of winter weather-related disasters including winter and ice storms, power outages and floods contact the West Dakota Chapter or visit www.ndredcross.org or www.redcross.org.

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Hypothermia and frostbite care

This site updated as of 11/19/2017.