Emergency Preparedness

Winter Weather Guide

Cold Weather Health

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Cold Weather Health

  • Make checking the weather forecast a part of your regular routine so you know when to take appropriate precautions. 

  • Adjust your schedule when possible to avoid being outside during the coldest parts of the day.

  • Protect your pets by making sure they have access to adequate food, water and warm shelter during times of cold weather. 

  • Dress for the outdoors, even if you don’t think you’ll be outside much. Adding layers will help keep you warm as the temperature drops. 

  • Cover exposed skin to reduce risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Seek shelter from the wind as much as possible when outside. 

  • Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. Act quickly if either is suspected. 

    • Hypothermia: Warning signs include confusion, shivering, difficulty speaking, sleepiness and stiff muscles. 

    • Frostbite: Redness or pain in any skin areas exposed to cold are often first signs. May later progress to numbness and white or gray-colored skin that feels firm or waxy.


Emergency Preparedness Purpose

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health Preparedness Program was created in response to the events of September 11, 2001. After these events, many homeland security initiatives were established to address public health emergency preparedness and to be ready in the event of additional terrorist attacks or natural disasters.

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District works closely with the Emergency Management Offices of both the City and County as well as hospitals, other health care providers, and even veterinarians to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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Be Prepared

Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District Preparedness staff encourages all citizen to be prepared for possible health threats and emergencies. Citizens should prepare a disaster kit and meeting plan in case of a natural disaster such as a thunderstorm, tornado or flood; a health threat such as a pandemic flu outbreak or a man-made event such as a biological or chemical attack or accidental spill. The following links contain valuable information to help you prepare your family for the unexpected.

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Stay Informed


There are many challenges facing communities across the country. Public Health Emergency Preparedness Officials would like to provide as much information to the public as possible.
Pandemic Flu
DSHS Tornado Readiness Information

Make Sure Your Business is Prepared


Businesses also face challenges when facing emergencies. The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District recommends that all public and private employers develop Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) and keep staff alerted to actions necessary to provide for their health and well being.
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