Weather Aware: Here’s how to prepare and stay safe in the cold conditions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for parts of the Mid-South in Eastern Arkansas and Western Tennessee.

Rain, freezing rain, and sleet are forecasted for the area, as well as ice accumulation in certain areas.

FOX13 has all the information you need to prepare and stay safe during the colder weather conditions.

Severe Weather Team 13 is working around the clock to track Winter Weather. FOX13 will have continuing coverage in every newscast and on all streaming devices. You can also download the free FOX13 weather app here.

You can be ready by assembling an emergency preparedness kit. Here are some items to put in the kit:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Medication and medical items

Click here for a full list of items.

Frostbite and hypothermia are real threats when the temperatures drop. Signs of frostbite include redness or pain in any skin area, skin that feels unusually warm or waxy or numb skin, according to the CDC. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness.

Here’s how you can prevent frostbite and hypothermia:

  • Be weather aware
  • Cover all parts of the body. Wear a hat, a scarf that covers the face and mouth, and water-resistant boots.
  • Drink warm fluids or warm water
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol

If you do get frostbite, avoid rubbing or massaging the area. Do not use a heating pad or electric blanket.

Here’s what you should to prevent frozen pipes in your home:

  • Keep garage doors closed
  • Open kitchen cabinets
  • Drip water from faucet
  • Thermostat temperature consistent

Find out more information on frostbite and hypothermia here.

If pipes do freeze, you can thaw them out. Here are the best ways to thaw a frozen pipe:

  • Keep faucet open
  • Apply heat to parts of the pipe
  • If nothing works, call plumber