Meetings postponed, senior center closed

A wind chill warning prompted Chester and New Cumberland city councils to postpone their Monday meetings and Hancock County Senior Services to announce that services will be suspended through noon Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning through 10 a.m. Wednesday, meaning wind chills will be minus 20 to 30 today and minus 15 to 25 Tuesday night.

Chester City Council has rescheduled its meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 13, and New Cumberland City Council has rescheduled its meeting for 1 p.m. Jan. 13.

In addition to announcing a temporary suspension of services, Senior Services Executive Director E. Mark Knabenshue said senior citizens should take extra care in such cold temperatures.

To stay warm, he said, dress in layers, wear a hat, cover skin with a scarf or knit mask, wear mittens and drink plenty of liquids (but no alcohol).

Seek medical attention, he said, in the event of symptoms such as confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering, which may be signs of hypothermia.

Also, watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin, Knabenshue said.

To avoid frozen pipes:

* Run water, even at a trickle;

* Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing; and

* Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.