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      Staying warm in frigid temperatures

      Escanaba Public Safety advises the community to stay inside and avoid travel, and the majority of Delta County seemed to follow that advice.

      For those who must go outside, wear protective gear and layer clothing.

      â??Well, Iâ??m a Yooper, so I wear long johns,â?? said Brent Krutine, Escanaba hockey coach.

      â??Itâ??s pretty freezing today,â?? said Anthony Giglio, visiting from Los Angeles. â??I just got a lot of fleece on, layer up as much as possible.â??

      While outside, watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling or a pale appearance of finger, toes or face.

      The wind chill can cause severe hypothermia. Signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, exhaustion, and drowsiness. If you must travel, tell family or friends when and where you expect to arrive and always bring a cell phone. The cold, icy conditions can lead to break downs, accidents, or sliding off the road.

      So, even if you do not plan on being outside or driving far, keep your gas tank full and have an emergency kit in the car. Escanabaâ??s Public Safety officials suggest a candle with matches, blankets, jackets and other winter weather apparel to keep warm in case of an emergency.

      â??I have a safety kit,â?? Krutine said. â??I always have a safety kit. I guess being a Yooper, thatâ??s part of it.â??

      For those in Delta County looking for somewhere to keep warm, Our Place Community Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has games, computers, TV and more. Hope at the Inn offers an overnight option. They provide an evening meal and a place to sleep.

      Roger Good, chair member, Hope at the Inn: â??Weâ??re opening our church doors to people in need and thatâ??s really awesome to see that.â??

      For more information on Hope at the Inn, visit their website here .