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Thursday, 11 January 2007 02:37

OES Advisory On Cold Temperatures

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In response to forecasts for unusually cold temperatures throughout much of California in the coming days, officials with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the California Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), as well as local agencies such as the Jackson Water Department urged Californians to prepare themselves, their family members, and their animals for the possible effects of the inclement weather.

The National Weather Service has reported to OES that temperatures will drop into the 20 and 30s Wednesday night into Thursday, followed by daytime temperatures in the mid 40s in most areas. On Friday and into the weekend, temperatures will drop further, reaching the high teens to low 20s in most areas at night, and continued daytime lows in the mid 40s.

“Exposure to extreme cold can be dangerous to your health,” said Dr. Mark Horton, State Public Health Officer. “To protect yourself in extremely cold weather remember to wear several layers of clothing, travel with caution and be alert for the symptoms of exposure. Monitor family members and those around you who are at greatest risk from exposure, such as seniors, young children and people with underlying illnesses or chronic conditions.” A National Weather Service warning has been issued to help you prepare and take precautionary steps. 

  • Those with agricultural interests in the warning area are advised to protect tender vegetation.
  • Potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside away from the cold.
  • Be particularly careful with portable heaters...there is danger of fire or poisonous fumes. 
  • Pets are also susceptible to cold weather. Keep pets indoors as much as possible. If this is not possible...make sure outdoor pets have warm and dry protection.
  • To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes, pipes should be wrapped...drained...or allowed to drip slowly. 
  • Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain their systems...or cover any above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.  
  • Traveling this weekend? Remember to, Install good winter tires.
  • Make sure the tires have adequate tread.  
  • Augment your car’s emergency supply kit with a shovel, windshield scraper and blankets. 
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
  • Check road conditions before departing.
  • Always be sure to let others know of your route and your estimated time of travel.


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