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Warming centers available for DeKalb County residents during winter storm

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Noah Chavez is all bundled up as he waits in the windy cold for his neice outside of Founders Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Noah Chavez is all bundled up as he waits in the windy cold for his neice outside of Founders Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 in DeKalb.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Fire Department staff wants residents to prepare for the incoming cold spell that is headed for the area.

Residents should take steps to prepare, according to a Sycamore Fire Departmen, including dressing appropriately for the weather, being able to recognize hypothermia symptoms, having emergency supplies for home and work ready, and having a winter go-kit for your automobile.

Warming centers are heated public facilities where anyone can go to free of charge during periods of extreme cold temperatures to stay warm and safe, the release shows.

Two such facilities in the city – Sycamore Police Department at 535 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, and Sycamore Public Library at 103 E. State St., Sycamore – are designated as warming centers.

The fire department urges people to check on their elderly family members and neighbors to make sure they're safe. Residents are also encouraged to keep their car's gas tank full, because if stranded, it gives the vehicle more time to provide passengers warmth before help arrives.

The fire department also suggests residents wear loose fitting, lightweight and layered clothing. They say prepare for possible isolation in one's home for several day, which includes preparing an emergency supply kit. For ideas, visit www.illinois.gov/ready.

Additional preparedness information is available from FEMA at the following link: www.ready.gov/winter-weather

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