Public safety agencies want to remind citizens about staying safe during this weekend’s extreme cold temperature readings. Public health departments, emergency management offices, city and village government leaders, and senior citizens groups say don’t take chances; seek help if you need it.
“Governor JB Pritzker has directed state public safety agencies to work together and make sure resources are available. Warming Centers are encouraged in communities. And neighbors should check on neighbors.
The forecast is for extreme cold. The National Weather Service indicated wind chills could reach -25 in the northern part of the state will central Illinois could see -20 and single digits in the southern region of the state.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said frostbite can set in on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes. That is why agencies are reminding their communities to limit unnecessary travel. And have emergency kits ready – if you are traveling.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said it is important to watch for warning signs of extreme cold. Public health officials stated areas of the body most affected by frostbite include the face, ears, hands and feet. When frostbitten, skin is “whitish and stiff,” and will feel numb.