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Staying safe in extreme weather

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The snow will be a concern on Sunday, but so too will the temperature. It will drop rapidly down to the low teens and even into the single digits.

It's something we haven't experienced in several years here in the Tri-State.

Consider this: the temperatures are expected to dip so low they are actually going to be comparable to the temperature on Mars- negative 36 degrees- and the temperature at the North Pole, which is negative 20 degrees.

So, what can you do to stay safe?

When cold temperatures and snowfall are headed our way, there's not much we can do to prevent it but we can prepare for it.

"This is going to be a potentially dangerous storm.  We encourage people to use good common sense," said Evansville Mayor, Lloyd Winnecke.

Other city officials say the best thing someone can do is not go outside unless they have to.

"If you can, at all possible, stay inside and stay warm," said Interim EMA Director, Cliff Weaver.

The same goes for your pets.

"If you can at all, if they're an outside pet, try to bring 'em in," said Kerry Kamp, Assistant Director, Transportation and Services.

City officials also asked that you keep your pets inside. Evansville Animal Control gave a few tips to 14 News on how to keep your pets safe:

-Shivering is the first sign of hypothermia in pets.
-Short haired pets, elderly pets, young pets, wet pets and small pets are move likely to succumb to hypothermia, but any dog can. If left untreated, hypothermia is deadly to pets.
-Shelter with sufficient bedding, preferably straw must be provided if a pet is outdoors.
- Dog houses should not face the wind.

Animal Control Officers said they will be on duty. You can report all concerns about pets to their office at 435-6015. If it's after hours, call 911.

If you do have to be outside on Sunday, bundle up. Make sure to wear multiple layers.

"Frostbite will be a serious concern.  Any exposed skin will just within minutes, you'll have frostbite," said Weaver.

Authorities are also asking people to avoid getting behind the wheel.

"If you don't have to drive, don't drive.  There's no need to put yourself in that type of situation," said Assistant Police Chief, Chris Pugh.

But if you do, make sure your gas tank is full and your cell phone is charged just in case.

"Be prepared when you drive that you're ready for any weather-related type of emergency," said Weaver.

Crews have been out since Friday, working to prepare the roads.

The key is, you can stay home on Sunday, do it. But if you have to go out, make sure you wear lots of layers and drive carefully.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said the city's website is updated with a list of phone numbers people may need during the storm. 

More information from the Red Cross on preparing for the snow and cold here.

Get heating advice on how to stay warm here.

Information from the city on how to prepare here.

Get tips on how to protect your pipes during the cold from Evansville Water and Sewer Utility.

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