Prepare Seminole

WEATHER

Seminole County Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring severe cold weather conditions expected Wednesday, January 3 through Friday, January 5, 2018.-

COLD WEATHER SHELTERS

Seminole County Office of Emergency Management is providing additional resources to the Rescue Outreach Mission overnight shelter to accommodate increased populations this week as Central Florida experiences cold weather.

OVERNIGHT SHELTERING:
Rescue Outreach Mission
1701 Historic Goldsboro Blvd., Sanford
Hot meals served at 5:30 p.m.
Shelter registration/intake from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Shelter closes at 7:00a.m.

DAYTIME RELIEF CENTERS:
All five Seminole County Library branches will provide daytime Relief Centers. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please call Seminole County Office of Emergency Management, 407-665-5102.

COLD WEATHER PREPAREDNESS 5 P'S

Residents are encouraged to practice the "5 P's" when protecting life and property during a cold weather event:

PROTECT PEOPLE: Remember to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves. It is important to try to stay out of the wind and to stay dry. Also, remember to check on young children and the elderly who are the most sensitive to cold weather.

PROTECT PETS: If cold weather is in the forecast, be sure to bring outdoor pets inside or give them a warm shelter to stay in.

PROTECT PLANTS: Cover cold sensitive plants to protect them from the dangerous temperatures.

PROTECT PIPES: Cover pipes and allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent from freezing and breaking.

PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY: Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.

-FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-SEMINOLE: COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS

Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water. Victims of hypothermia are often (1) elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating; (2) babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; (3) people who remain outdoors for long periods - the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.; and (4) people who drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.

For more information on winter weather safety, please visit the Center for Disease Control's Winter Weather Preparedness page.

-FIRE SAFETY

Seminole County Fire Department offers the below heating safety tips to prevent fires: