Warming Centers Schedule for Extreme Cold Event
Dec. 22 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Due to the blizzard conditions expected, the City of Dubuque has established warming centers for Thursday, Dec. 22, and Friday, Dec. 23:
- Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W. 11th St.
Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave.
Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Salvation Army, 1099 Iowa St.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
To protect your health when temperatures are extremely low and winds are high, dress in layers:
- Inner Layer: Wear fabrics that will hold more body heat and don’t absorb moisture. Wool, silk, or polypropylene will hold more body heat than cotton.
- Insulation Layer: An insulation layer will help you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Natural fibers, like wool, goose down, or a fleece work best.
- Outer Layer: The outermost layer helps protect you from wind, rain, and snow. It should be tightly woven, and preferably water and wind resistant, to reduce loss of body heat.
- Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body quickly.
- Excessive sweating will cause your body to lose more heat, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
- Avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower. Getting these materials on your skin will cause your body to lose a lot more heat.
- Do not ignore shivering—it’s an important first sign that your body is losing heat. Constant shivering is a sign that it is time to go inside.
- If you have asthma, breathing in cold, dry air can trigger an asthma attack.
Finally, NEVER leave people or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
For additional excessive cold information and resources, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/coldweather.
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