Law enforcement in Hopkins County have stepped up welfare checks after cold temperatures and a power outage killed one man in the ice storm of 2009.
Hopkins County Sheriff Frank Latham says when the temperatures drop and people remain in their homes for long periods of time, if an emergency does happen, neighbors might not notice until it's too late.
"We always recommend that they check on there neighbors. Check on people that they know that live by themselves for these events because a lot of time if something happens and you don't know that they've had difficulties until later," Latham said.
During the 2009 ice storm when thousands lost power, Latham says one elderly man froze to death in his home after no one checked on him for days.
The sheriff says the deputies have switched out to their four-wheel drive vehicles as more and more requests for welfare checks have flooded in over the last 24 hours.
"We've had several request for welfare checks during this period of time. We have checked and so far everybody has been all right," Latham said.
Law enforcement can't do it alone. If you have elderly neighbors, take five minutes and go over and check on them as they temps continue to plunge downward.