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Preparing For The Cold Weather

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Bundle up, it's cold.

"We are going to experience some of the coldest weather that we've seen in years," said Forrest County Emergency Management Director Terry Steed.

"It will be extremely cold for the bus route early in the morning,"he said.

Parents should make sure their kids will be warm.

"They need to dress appropriate for that," Steed said.

If you are at home trying to keep warm, make sure you are doing it safely.

" A lot of people use alternative heat sources," Steed said. "Make sure they are vented properly." 

If your home does not have a heating source, go to a shelter.  

"We are under whats called the white flag," said Salvation Army Captain Frances Gilliam.

"When the temperatures drop below 45 degrees our shelter stays open around the clock," she said. 

Gilliam says they have about 40 beds and they are almost at capacity, but they won't turn anyone away.

"We have TV rooms we are able to put out cots and mattresses on the floor in those rooms as well," she said.

Steed says you also want to keep an eye out on the elderly during the freezing temperatures.

Pets are also vulnerable to cold weather.

Animal experts say a rule of thumb is, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pets.

The staff at Southern Pines Animal Shelter says make sure all outdoor pets have some type of shelter.

Warm blankets or hay are good items to use to make a barrier next to the ground.

Pets can also suffer from frostbite, when temps drop down below freezing.

"Even though they have fur, they get cold too," said Southern Pines Animal Shelter Manager Ginny Sims. "The wind chill, they are going to feel that and it can be dangerous for them."

It is suggested to check on outdoor pets periodically.

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