Update: County Extends Hypothermia Alert Through Friday Morning

Update: The county has extended the hypothermia alert through Friday at 1 a.m.

Montgomery County has issued a hypothermia alert for Wednesday starting at 1 a.m. continuing through Thursday at 1 a.m.

The County advises residents to be prepared for wind chill values below 20 degrees. During these conditions, hypothermia and frostbite are likely to occur.

The signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. Infants may be lethargic and their skin may be bright red and cold.

It is best to stay indoors if possible. Individuals who spend extended periods outdoors should wear extra layers and when possible, take frequent breaks in a warm location.

Montgomery County facilities, such as libraries, recreation centers and senior centers are open during their regular hours for use by anyone needing an escape from the cold. Public shopping centers are also available as warm locations during their regular hours of operation. Outreach program providers encourage individuals who are homeless to seek shelter.

The shelters in Montgomery County will allow homeless individuals to stay inside until temperatures increase, and/or return to a shelter early from daytime activity programs. For additional information on County services contact MC311 by calling 3-1-1 or 240.777.0311 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays, or through the www.MC311.com website.

If you are concerned about someone you think may be homeless who appears to be in danger, please call the police non-emergency line at 301.279.8000.

If you see an animal left outside, please call the Animal Services Division at 301.279.8000.

More information is available, here.

 

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