With another round of arctic temps expected to impact the entire state this week, the MSP's Emergency Management Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging citizens to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold.

Capt. Chris Kelenske, commander of the MSP/EMHSD, says "as we saw a couple of weeks ago, these frigid temperatures can be potentially life threatening. Everyone should be prepared for all possible hazards if they head out. That means bundling up and placing emergency preparedness kits in vehicles with extra blankets and high-energy foods."

The National Weather Service is forecasting statewide bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills below zero through Wednesday, January 29th. To stay safe during cold weather:

  • Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia.
  • Understand the hazard of wind chill, which is how quickly heat is carried away from the body.
  • Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing makes you more prone to hypothermia.
  • Weather proof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.
  • Check heating units.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need assistance.

For more information on staying safe during the extreme cold, and other information like safe winter driving tips, go to www.michigan.gov/beprepared.