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Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

Baton Rouge, La – The National Weather Service in New Orleans forecasts an arctic air mass to move through the Baton Rouge area Thursday evening through Saturday, bringing bitterly cold temperatures. Currently, the coldest night is forecasted to be Friday night. Lows could reach the teens for some areas, with wind chill values in the single digits to near zero possible. Although it will be bitterly cold, the NWS forecasts dry weather for our area over the holiday weekend.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) closely monitor the latest weather forecasts. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome advises residents to have their winter weather preparations in place: “Remember to include your family, pets, pipes, and plants in your plans. These colder temperatures will increase the use of gas appliances; if these appliances are not working properly it could lead to carbon monoxide (CO) production. Test your CO and smoke detectors to ensure they are in proper working condition. Plan to stay indoors for holiday weekend activities.”

Residents are urged to use the following Red Stick Ready winter weather tips when preparing for the upcoming cold temperatures:

Red Stick Ready Winter Weather Tips:

• Be aware of the symptoms of hypothermia and seek medical attention immediately if you notice any signs and the person’s temperature is below 95° F.

• In adults, warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion or feeling very tired, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.

• In babies, signs include bright red, cold skin, and very low energy.

• Check on elderly friends and neighbors often to make sure their homes are heated properly.

• Prepare your home to keep out the cold air with insulation, caulking and weather stripping.

• Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.

• Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication.

• If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and remember these safety tips:

• Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.

• Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.

• If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.

• Dress in layers to keep yourself warm.

• Bring your pets inside when possible.

• Protect, cover, or wrap your pipes.

• Protect your plants as necessary.

For further information, follow “Red Stick Ready” on Facebook and Twitter @RedStickReady and download the Red Stick Ready mobile application - free on Apple and Android devices by searching "Red Stick Ready."

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