Rhode Islanders are urged to take precautions during extreme cold conditions. Colder than normal temperatures are predicted for Rhode Island the next 24-36 hours. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) reminds everyone of the following tips to stay safe during extreme cold:
• Dress warmly, and in layers, even if you are just making a short trip to the mailbox.
• Dress warmly even when you are inside—especially if you do not move a lot.
• The temperature inside your home should be set according to your own activity level, health, and medications. What is an acceptable, fuel-saving temperature for an active family may not be safe for an older person who has difficulty moving or takes certain medications.
• The elderly are especially susceptible to extremely cold temperatures. Check on elderly friends, family, or neighbors frequently.
• Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
• Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Symptoms of frostbite can include loss of feeling and loss of color and usually happens on the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Symptoms of hypothermia in adults can include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, drowsiness, or slurred speech. In infants, symptoms of hypothermia can include bright red, cold skin and low energy.
• Check your car emergency kit and replace any items that are broken or are unsafe to use.
The following warming centers are open for the times and locations listed:
•Hopkinton: Town Council Chambers, 1 Town House Rd.; Fri: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
•Newport: Newport Housing Authority, The Florence Gray Center Main Lobby, 1 Shimoda Way; Mon – Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
•Newport: Donovan Manor, Chapel Street Side Lobby, 19 Chapel St.; Mon – Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
•Newport: Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square; Normal business hours
•Newport: Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St.; Fri: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
•Portsmouth: Multipurpose Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Rd; Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 4 a.m.
•Warwick: Pilgrim Senior Center; Mon – Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
•Warwick: Warwick Public Library; Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri – Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
•Woonsocket: Woonsocket Senior Center, Social St.; Fri: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For additional Information, contact: Armand Randolph/401-462-7183