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Franklin County opens warming centers, want people to keep warm

Updated: Monday, January 6 2014, 06:58 PM CST
Reported by Kyle Rogers:

CHAMBERSBURG -- These dangerously cold temperatures have Franklin County emergency officials on guard.

They are warning you to take this weather seriously, as the cold could mean life or death.

One of the warming centers in Franklin County is at the Eugene Clark Community Center in Chambersburg. Inside they have food, coffee, and heat and want people out of the cold and in there. They say if you don't think you can stay warm where you live, they want you at a warming center.
But let's face it, no matter what the weather is, we have places to go and things to do. But the weather is no joke.

Officials warn you of frostbite when you lose feeling in your fingers, toes and ears.  If that happens, get medical help right away.

The weather is also prime for hypothermia.  That's when you:
-Shake uncontrollably
-Have memory less
-Become disoriented
-Slur your speech
-and feel drowsy

If that happens, find a warm location fast and get warm drinks, but nothing alcoholic.

In either case, frostbite or hypothermia, get some medical help right away!

Before you head out on the road, make sure you tell somebody where you're going and how you’re getting there. That way if you get stuck somewhere or your phone dies, it'll be easier to get help to you.

The warming center in Chambersburg has already seen some families go in, it is open until 11 p.m.

Another warming center is set up in Waynesboro at the fire station at 29 South Potomac Street.

These places are for you to get out of the dangerous cold. If you need some heat, officials say don't risk trying to make it through the night by trying to stay warm.
Franklin County opens warming centers, want people to keep warm

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