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Fulton County Office of Aging encourages seniors to be ready for winter weather

Fulton County Office of Aging encourages seniors to be ready for winter weather

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Office of Aging and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) encourage seniors and their caregivers to be prepared for potential ice and snow.

Recommendations from Aging and AFCEMA include advising seniors to develop a network of neighbors, friends and relatives who can assist them in the event that local weather conditions include ice, snow and subfreezing temperatures.

Seniors should avoid extreme or inclement weather conditions. They should also keep handy a contact list of people and agencies that they can contact if they need emergency assistance.

Fulton County public facilities including Senior Multipurpose Facilities will be closed on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Senior citizens are advised to:

• Make prior arrangements with their physician or check with their oxygen supplier about emergency plans for those on respirators or other electric powered medical equipment.

Weather Rocks! shines at Center for Puppetry Arts

Weather Rocks! shines at Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA -- It's a forecast for fun as the Center for Puppetry Arts is set to rock out Feb. 6 through Mar. 23 with the original tunes of Weather Rocks! This en“lightning” musical opens the flood gates to the mysteries of Mother Nature and shares cool facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine and more.

Using a wide variety of puppetry styles and music genres -- from rock-n-roll to reggae to gospel -- a cool band of meteorologists performs an array of songs that shed light on many natural phenomena including the water cycle, volcanic eruptions, rainbows and much more.

Fulton County reminds ctizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

Fulton County reminds ctizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- With the current conditions of ice and show in metro Atlanta, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) are warning citizens about the dangers of exposure to extreme cold.

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but the lives of animals can also be at risk.
 
"In severe weather conditions where the temperature drops very low causing extreme cold, we strongly advise citizens to try to stay indoors," said Dr. Patrice Harris, Director of Health and Wellness. “These conditions can lead to hypothermia and frostbite if citizens are not careful to limit trips outside and remember to take the necessary steps to be prepared for winter emergencies thereby reducing the risks of weather-related health problems.”

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding north Georgia residents to be mindful of temperature drops and to turn off their sprinkler systems.

GDOT released this statement Wednesday morning:

Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems left on overnight in freezing temperatures. They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning.

Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night, and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice is formed, creating a hazard for motorists.

The Department urges residents and businesses to take a moment and ensure that automatic sprinkler systems are turned off. With sub-freezing termperatures on the way, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning.

Fulton County warns citizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

Fulton County warns citizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- With extreme winter weather conditions heading toward Fulton County, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) are issuing a winter health advisory to warn citizens about the dangers of exposure to extreme cold.

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone, including animals, can be affected.
 
"In severe weather conditions where the temperature drops very low causing extreme cold, we strongly advise citizens to try to stay indoors," said Dr. Patrice Harris, Director of Health and Wellness. “These conditions can lead to  hypothermia and frostbite if citizens are not careful to limit trips outside and remember to take the necessary steps to be prepared for winter emergencies thereby reducing the risks of weather-related health problems.”

Snow!

Snow!

(WXIA) -- From the mountains through the metro and down to LaGrange, snow flurries fluttered across north Georgia Wednesday morning.

11Alive received a number of snow pictures from viewers. Send yours to photos@11Alive.com or upload them to our photo gallery.

If you plan on traveling for Thanksgiving, be sure to check airport wait times and look out for flight delays before you leave the house.

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."