Staying warm during a cold snap

By WEEK Producer

January 31, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS - From record highs on Tuesday, to the coldest air in two years, mother nature sure knows how to pack a punch.

Officials with the American Red Cross encourage you to stay inside as much as possible during this cold snap.

If you have to go outside, dress in layers.

"Hypothermia can come on quiet quickly. Some different signs you need to look for is uncontrollable shivering, numbness in your fingers or toes, and also you can start to feel a little bit disoriented. When it's this cold out, the best thing to do is stay inside, but if you don't have the option then you really need to pay attention to your body," said Erin Miller of the American Red Cross.

If you're looking for a place to stay warm, men can seek overnight shelter at the Peoria Rescue Mission or the Sylvia Fites Center of the Salvation Army. Women and children can seek shelter from the South Side Mission.

The Salvation Army is also open from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., with lunch served from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

The Dream Center also offers an overnight shelter for women, children and families.

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