Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling/uncoordinated movements, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness.
White/grayish skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, or numbness.
- If you must go outside, cover up and dress warmly with several layers. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Frostbite can develop within minutes to exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Avoid overexertion when shovelling snow and take several breaks.
- Check on older family, friends and neighbors.
- Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
- Carrying an emergency car kit and a mobile phone, as well as keep others informed of travel schedules and destinations.
- Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit in the event that there is a power outage or other impacts to critical infrastructure, as well as consider and prepare alternative means for heat that are safe indoors.
- Continue to monitor local forecasts for public weather alerts and exercise appropriate caution if you must travel.
As part of the continuing effort to provide emergency management information to the residents of Billings Township, the Emergency Management Program Committee and the Municipal Emergency Control Group would like to make you aware of new link on the Emergency Management site.
The link is to an information sheet provided by the province of Ontario that is designed to help you reduce the possible property damage in the event of a wildland fire by having you create fire safety zones around your house. There is also a scoring sheet that will help let you know what steps you may need to take to help make your property Fire Smart!!!
Just as a reminder, the Emergency Management group has winter safety tips, emergency preparation information and a copy of the Township Emergency Response Plan as well.