UPDATED: COLD DAY CLOSING NOTIFICATION - Wednesday & Thursday

UPDATED: COLD DAY CLOSING NOTIFICATION - Wednesday and Thursday



The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill watch for Tuesday
night, January 29ththrough Thursday morning. "...dangerous to
life-threatening wind chills are possible. The coldest temperatures since
1996 with wind are expected to push wind chills into the 30 to 55 degree
below zero range (-33 to -55) " 



As the safety of participants, families and staff is of the utmost concern
for us and acknowledging the need to plan for your loved ones in advance, we
will be CLOSED, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th and THURSDAY, JANUARY 31st.



We will monitor the temperatures over the next few days regarding Thursday's
weather conditions. Please look for "Gateway to Learning" (or "Chicago
Public Schools") during Chicago closings listed on local news stations, as
well as checking updates from our Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can also
log on to  <http://www.emergencyclosings.comwww.emergencyclosings.com via
your computer for information.



Reminder to be safe

In these extreme conditions, frostbite can begin in 5 minutes.



Dressing for the weather

*    Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing
rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be
tightly woven and water repellent.
*    Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
*    Wear a hat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.



Recognizing symptoms of cold weather exposure

*    Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering are signs of possible
hypothermia. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention
immediately.
*    Gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy skin are
symptoms of frostbite. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek
immediate medical attention.
*    In the case of overexposure to freezing temperatures, remove wet
clothing and immediately warm the body with a blanket or warm fluids like
hot cider or soup.



Staying Warm at home:

o   Check furnace filters and replace if clogged to avoid furnace shutdowns

o   Lock windows to cut down on drafts

o   Move furniture away from vents to help with air flow circulation

o   Allow faucets to trickle to avoid freezing pipes

o   Never plug space heaters into extension cords, keep away from
combustible materials, and never leave unattended.  


<https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weather/ct-cb-chicago-cold-survival-guide-20190125-story.html>




John Ratzenberger