ky emerg 300HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (12/29/17) — With Old Man Winter ringing in the New Year, Hopkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Wright reminds residents to be prepared and use common sense during extreme cold temperatures.

Weather experts predict temperatures factored with the northwest winds could dip below the zero degree mark and quickly increase frost bite and hypothermia. The cold blast is expected to stick around through Monday.

Wright said, while snow is not in the forecast, it will be bitterly cold. Otherwise, the EMA director does not anticipate any weather-related problems.

“So far, anything can happen at any given moment, but our power sources Kenergy and Kentucky Utilities are in pretty good shape,” Wright said. “We handle problems as they become apparent. We have areas throughout the county that can be used as emergency shelters.”

Wright said officials would call on Salvation Army in addition to utilizing school and county facilities as emergency shelters.

He recommends people bundle up before venturing outside and avoid exposing skin out in the cold. If traveling, he suggests people have a full tank of fuel, bring along coats and blankets in case vehicles break down and check antifreeze for proper operating temperature.

“Keep pets inside as much as possible or make sure they have shelter with plenty of straw,” Wright said. “Also, check their water, which freezes very quickly outside. Try to keep a good, warm place for them.”

Farm animals should have access to barns, Wright explained, although horses and cattle in groups are adaptable to cold weather by forming a circle to keep younger members of the group warm inside the formation, while the herd rotates from the outside inward instinctively.

When using space heaters indoors, electric powered resources are best, Wright said, adding that it is important to keep combustible items clear of the devices.

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