Be Prepared for Cold Weather

It’s no secret that we are now entering the coldest time of winter, with wind chill temperatures often falling below zero. If you are in need of a place to find warmth but are unsure where to go, there are many places in the Peoria area available to help you. The team at 2-1-1 is always available to direct you to various warming sites and to the resources that you need this winter.

The cold can be just as dangerous as the heat, and it is important to take precautions. Extreme cold can cause frostbite within minutes. Due to the body’s protection of its vital organs, blood flow is cut off from extremities, causing frostbite. Additionally, the body’s temperature drops and metabolism slows down, causing sluggishness and confusion, which can be dangerous in any decision-making situation. In the bitter cold, it is important to cover all exposed skin, and to be aware of the state of your mental faculties.

During these cold times, if you are even in need of assistance of any type, don’t hesitate to call 211. The Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 program is a free, confidential program that connects those in need with organizations that can give assistance. To utilize the 2-1-1 program, you can call 211 from any land line or cell phone. If you are having trouble connecting, you can also call 309-999-4029 or visit 211hoi.com to search for your specific need.

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