Cold Weather Advisory

Posted on  01/23/2013 1:54 pm

(Wilmington, DE) - Based on weather reports for the upcoming weeks from the National Weather Station, the City of Wilmington Office of Emergency Management will activate Code Purple when necessary in agreement with the Salvation Army.

A Code Purple alert is determined by the predicted wind chill factor.  When the wind chill factor or predicted temperature is 15 degrees or colder, the City of Wilmington declares a state of Code Purple.

During Code Purple, individuals may shelter at the Salvation Army Building through the entrance at 400 North Orange Street during the hours of 9:00 pm - 6:00 am.

Here are some other tips to protect yourself from the cold weather:

  • Protect your hands and feet.  Wear mittens when possible because your fingers can share warmth (regular gloves are good, but mittens have the edge.)  Wear socks that will keep your feet dry and warm.
  • Avoid dehydration.  As long as fluids are not restricted by your physician, drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
  • Dress properly.  Wear outer clothing that shields the wind and sun from your skin.  Cold and windy air causes a wind-chill effect that is much colder and more dangerous than the outside air temperature.
  • Be prepared.  When traveling by car, keep extra socks, blankets, water, and snacks on hand in case a mechanical problem, storm, or empty gas tank leaves you stranded.
  • Inquire about your meds.  Ask your physician or pharmacist if any of the medications you take can make you more susceptible to a cold-weather illness.
  • Protect your children.  Instruct the kids to come inside when they feel cold, or if their clothes get wet.
  • Eat light.  A snack before going out in the cold is better than a heavy meal, which requires a large blood flow to the gastrointestinal system to aid in digestion.  The digestive process may prevent warm blood from circulating to your fingers and toes.  Save the heavier meal for when you are safely back inside.