“State authorities have been closely and constantly monitoring this situation all weekend and are providing me with regular updates. They’re also sharing information with local emergency management officials, communities, school districts, county road commissions and facilities like hospitals and nursing homes across Michigan,” Snyder said in a statement.
Here are some basic cold weather safety tips from state officials:
- Minimizing travel and staying off the roads if possible. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle.
- Staying indoors if possible. If you must go outside, weather protective gear such as a hat and gloves should be worn.
- Dressing in layers and keeping dry. Removing clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing makes you more prone to hypothermia.
- Watching for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
- Checking on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
- Watching pets closely and keeping them indoors when possible. If outside, have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water.