Nebraska is bracing for a Polar Vortex. Dangerously cold wind chills down to 40 below zero prompted officials to issue a wind chill warning starting tonight and running into Wednesday. A wind chill advisory then goes into effect until Thursday. This can be a very dangerous time for the state’s elderly.
Jeff Rinehardt with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging says be a good neighbor and check on those next door. Just making sure they are settled can bring you and them peace of mind.
Rinehardt says, “Make sure they have food in the refrigerator and drink in case they are not able to get out. Their medications and all those kinds of things. The best thing you can do for them is to make them safe and comfortable in their homes.”
Rinehardt says check to make sure the heating system is running properly and they have an extra blanket if they need it. The main thing is just letting them know someone is nearby in case there is an emergency can bring them peace of mind. Offer to run to the store for them if they need something or the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. People of 65 are at greater risk of hypothermia and shouldn’t be going out in this cold.
Rinehardt says make sure they have your phone number if there is an emergency.