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DHS…Now Giving Winter Driving and Clothing Advice

Was never a fan of the cre­ation of the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity, mostly because it’s a giant waste of space (Its offices are cur­rently being con­structed in Ana­cos­tia — yeah, gov­ern­ment employ­ees are gonna love that — and until then, it’s based out of an old Navy Annex near Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity.) and money.

Frankly, a better-worded re-organization effort should have been done, but hey; who­ever said gov­ern­ment thinks best in a crisis?

So as the orig­i­nal mis­sion of DHS is being shrunken by the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion, the agency is in look for a pur­pose it would seem.  So, this week, it laid out a series of agenda items and tips on how to han­dle the cold of winter.

Nope, not kid­ding there.  (H/T The Weekly Stan­dard)

Dur­ing Win­ter Storms and Extreme Cold

- Stay indoors dur­ing the storm.

- Walk care­fully on snow, icy, walkways.

- Avoid overex­te­rion when shov­el­ing snow. Overex­er­tion can bring on a hear attack–a major cause of death in the win­ter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

- Keep dry. Change wet cloth­ing fre­quently to pre­vent a loss of body heat. Wet cloth­ing loses all of its insu­lat­ing value and trans­mits heat rapidly.

- Watch for signs of frost­bite. These include loss of feel­ing and white or pale appear­ance in extrem­i­ties such as fin­gers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symp­toms are detected, get med­ical help immediately.

- Watch for signs of hypother­mia. These include uncon­trol­lable shiv­er­ing, mem­ory loss, dis­ori­en­ta­tion, inco­her­ence, slurred speech, drowsi­ness, and appar­ent exhaus­tion. If symp­toms of hypother­mia are detected, get the vic­tim to a warm loca­tion, remove wet cloth­ing, warm the cen­ter of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic bev­er­ages if the vic­tim is con­scious. Get med­ical help as soon as possible.

- Drive only if its absolutely nec­es­sary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep oth­ers informed of your sched­ule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

- Let some­one know your des­ti­na­tion, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your pre­de­ter­mined route.

- If the pipes freeze, remove any insu­la­tion or lay­ers of news­pa­pers and wrap pipes in rags. Com­pletely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, start­ing where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

- Main­tain ven­ti­la­tion when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters out­side and keep them at least three feet from flam­ma­ble objects.

- Con­serve fuel, if nec­es­sary, by keep­ing your res­i­dence cooler than nor­mal. Tem­porar­ily close off heat to some rooms.

- If you will be going away dur­ing cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a tem­per­a­ture no lower 55%.

No word yet if the major Cab­i­net agency for­mu­lated to deal with domes­tic ter­ror­ism will hand out a tip sheet dur­ing any sort of heat wave next summer.

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