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By February 2, 2023May 29th, 2024No Comments

The City of Boston declares cold emergency for Friday, February 3, 2023 through Sunday, February 5, 2023 due to extreme cold weather.

Ethos would like to remind everyone to be safe during this extreme cold weather and remember to check on your elderly neighbors. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative, call to check on you during this cold emergency.

Cold weather safety for older adults

  • Stay inside some place warm.
  • Make sure a neighbor or friend knows to check on you.
  • Set your heat to at least 68–70°F.
  • When going outside, dress in loose layers with a waterproof outer layer.
  • Seek Medical care if you start to feel unwell.
  • Get warm at public warming centers and Boston Public Libraries. Call 3-1-1 to see if you can get transportation with MBTA the RIDE or Senior Shuttle to warming centers.

Watch for signs of hypothermia:

  • These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If you or someone you know shows any of these symptoms, contact a healthcare provider immediately. If symptoms are severe, call 911.

For information about elders and cold emergencies, contact Ethos at (617) 522-6700, or the City of Boston 24 hour hotline at (617) 635-4500, or call 3-1-1.