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Frigid Temperature Precautions, Preparations and Impact on Trash and Recycling Pick Up

Mishawaka is experiencing subzero temperatures this week, and with the windchill making it feel like negative 25, bundling up and covering all your skin is the only way to protect yourself.

Mishawaka residents are strongly encouraged to trickle water periodically over the next couple days. We are experiencing dangerously low temperatures today and early this week.

Also, please be aware that due to the weather and the sub-zero temperatures, trash and recycling by Republic were delayed on Monday, January 14th for trash, recycling pick up but are now running on time at this point.  Republic may also be making additional sweeps as necessary through west end, other Mishawaka neighborhoods to attempt and make up additional pick-ups that may have been initially missed.

When facing the extreme cold, extra layers of clothes, winter hats, coats, gloves, face coverings, scarves, warm-lined pants or snow pants are recommended.

Extra warm clothes like coats, hoodies, or blankets can help keep you warm if your car breaks down. Jumper cables, a portable battery jump starter, or automatic tire inflators are also great in case of emergencies. Having high-energy food and filling a water cup or thermos before you leave home can also make the difference if you get stranded.

According to the National Weather Service, these cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes.

Hypothermia could also begin to set in, and while the effects happen quicker in water, wet skin or clothing can also speed up the effects.

If you’re outside for long periods of time and start feeling confused, have trouble speaking, or start hallucinating, get inside, dry off, and get warm.

Don’t use hot water on cold skin, as you can get hot water burns and cause more tissue damage.