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Winter snow storms affect Midwest area families

More than hockey looming in the air.
More than hockey looming in the air.
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Just hit earlier this week the Midwest is looking at more storms for the start of the 2014 season. Many families have been impacted by the fast flurries and bitter cold air. Making it difficult for many to get around. Troubling senior citizens, those with heart problems, and even children as they plug by foot throughout the snow covered streets.

While trying to maintain their work schedules many Detroit residents are trying to figure out how to manage the next big snow fall that is headed their way. Over the weekend snow is predicted to hit Detroiter's with between 6-12 more inches before it passes. Though several families have vehicles there are many without cars in my area. Finding their way through the snow filled streets is difficult for those who are healthy but many are stranded in their homes to wait out the weather.

Preparing for the storm ahead many are already talking about what to get, and how much to make it until the weather breaks. There are some emergency shelters for those who are homeless located throughout Metro Detroit allowing Detroiter's the ability to warm up in these frigid cold temperatures. However more should be available for more than just a temporary basis.

Below are a couple listed in Detroit:

Operation Get Down

10100 Harper Ave
Detroit, Mi. 48213

Provides:

Warming shelter
Emergency Shelter
Transitional Shelter

South Oakland Shelter
www.southoaklandshelter.org

18505 W. 12 Mile Road
Lathrup Village, MI 48076
(248)809-3773

Provides

Emergency shelters
Warming centers (throughout several church's call for details)

So with all the cold weather how do you protect yourself for those who have to travel in this extreme weather?

Below are some ideas on how to stay safe during the winter storm:

Tips on baring the bitter cold:

Use layers when going out:

If you have to go outside for more than 5 minutes at a time it is important to protect the skin. Frost bite can set in quickly when the temperatures go below zero. Be sure to wear layers including thermal shirts and pants. Doubling up on the socks and wearing warm boots to protect your feet is also important. Don't forget to layer up on

hats
scarves
gloves (two pair if possible).

Seek shelter often:

Be sure to seek shelter when necessary as the biter cold temperatures can cause damage quickly. If you feel your hands or feet feeling numb get out of the cold until you are able to warm up. Limit the amount of time you are exposed to the cold temperatures. Stay in when possible. Only go out if necessary.