Friday, January 12, 2007

Emergency in California

How is it possible that this is not the lead story on the national news?

It is going to be VERY cold in Sacramento. It could actually . . . I don't know the word. But water apparently gets a hard, clear coating on the surface.

You think I'm exaggerating? Read this urgent press release from the CA Office of Emergency Services:

on this page:

Please note:

“Exposure to extreme cold can be dangerous to your health,” said Dr. Mark Horton, State Public Health Officer. “To protect yourself in extremely cold weather remember to wear several layers of clothing, travel with caution and be alert for the symptoms of exposure.

. . .

Apparently, when it gets cold you have to wear more clothes.

Recommended actions include:
  • Review and update your family emergency plan.
  • Replenish your emergency supply kits including battery-operated radio and flashlights.
  • Have extra blankets on hand.
  • Maintain a sufficient supply of heating fuel.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • Let others know of your route and your estimated time of arrival.

Thirty-two degrees is very scary stuff.

People in the rest of the country are very nonchalant. I've lived in Washington and North Dakota and Michigan. Those people have NO emergency plans for families. They drive around in weather way below 30 degrees with no planned routes and don't give each other estimated arrival times.

I'm blessed to live in a place where the possibility of 20 degree temps is the worst weather we get.

But it will be a bit chilly scampering out to the hot tub in the morning!

If I survive the weekend, I'll be back.

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