Cold Weather Alert…Don’t Get Drunk And Fall Asleep Outside!

Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services has issued a cold weather alert for the Oxford County area effective tonight. A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill, or extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

Residents of Oxford County are reminded to take precautions to protect themselves from the cold. Extreme cold weather conditions can affect anyone, depending on the length of time spent outside and the level of exertion while outdoors. Those particularly at risk include:
Older adults
Infants and young children
Outdoor workers
Those who like outdoor sports such as skiing and hiking
Homeless persons and those who do not have shelter, proper clothing and/or food

Over-exposure to cold may lead to complications such as frost-bite, particularly of the extremities or any exposed skin, and hypothermia, when the body temperature drops below 35˚C. If you suspect hypothermia, call 911.

Inn Out of the Cold offers shelter to homeless adults during the winter months between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. at Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 723 Dundas Street, Woodstock. Inn Out of the Cold can be contacted through Operation Sharing at 519 539-3361. The Salvation Army’s Emergency Housing also provides temporary housing to single adults and families for a period of up to six weeks. This program can be contacted at 519 539-6166 during daytime hours and at 519 539-7235 after hours.


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