Signs of Hypothermia

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C).

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death.

Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature.

Shivering is likely the first thing you’ll notice as the temperature starts to drop because it’s your body’s automatic defense against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

– Shivering
– Slurred speech or mumbling
– Slow, shallow breathing
– Weak pulse
– Clumsiness or lack of coordination
– Drowsiness or very low energy
– Confusion or memory loss
– Loss of consciousness
– Bright red, cold skin (in infants)

Someone with hypothermia usually isn’t aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. The confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior

Call 911 or your local emergency number if you suspect someone has hypothermia.

While you wait for emergency help to arrive, gently move the person inside if possible. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove his or her wet clothing, replacing it with warm, dry coats or blankets.

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2/1/19 3:00 PM

Madison County has lowered our travel status to ADVISORY as of 3:00 PM on 2/1/2019. Even though most of the highly traveled roads are clear, there are still several scattered slick spots, just when you least expect them. Motorists need to slow down and continue to drive as if roads are snowy and slick. Temperatures will remain below freezing all night, and will raise tomorrow morning above freezing about 10:00AM. High temperatures on Saturday will be 41F and on Sunday 55F. Enjoy this nice air.

1/30/2019 Update 6:00 AM

Travel WATCH still in effect.

Madison County Government Center, courts, WorkOne and all other satellite county gov’t offices are closed today 1/30/2019.

Temperatures across Madison County are reading -4 to -8 degrees with gusty winds bringing the wind chill temperature to -20 to -35F. The coldest wind chill is expected this morning around 10AM before things will slowly start to improve. At 10:00 AM, the forecast temperature is -10 below zero with a -42F wind chill. This is dangerously cold temperatures.

CATS buses in Anderson are running today and providing FREE transportation to a warming center in Anderson. If you need assistance from CATS, please call (765) 646-5747 or (765) 644-8312. Again this is in the the City of Anderson.

Outside of Anderson, please call 765-642-0221 if you need assistance with transportation to a warming center. Law enforcement and fire personnel are providing transportation to those in need.

Warming Centers are open across Madison County, IN. Main Street Church of God reports 11 people stayed at the church last night including 3 staff members. LiveRite Fitness center has also opened their doors to citizens who need to shower between 1-3PM for those staying at Main Street COG shelter.

The United States Postal Authority has announced they will suspend mail deliver for Wednesday in many locations, including Madison County areas.

Please check on your neighbors, family members, and friends. Some people may not want to ask for assistance, but these temperatures can be deadly, please let us know if there are individuals who need transportation to a warming center.

Madison County Central Dispatch reports no major incidents last night on 3rd shift, call volume was down and emergency first responders are very grateful for this. Our 1st Responders are on duty ready to respond, but if they can stay indoors or in their patrol cars they very much appreciate the warmth as well.



The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Wind
Chill Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday evening through
Thursday afternoon.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…Wind chills of 20 to 40 below zero possible
at times from Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

* OTHER IMPACTS…Frostbite and hypothermia can occur quickly if
precautions are not taken.


A Wind Chill Watch means the there is the potential for a
combination of very cold air and strong winds to create
dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts
and warnings for updates on this situation.