How to Prepare for Dangerously Low Temperatures

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Kearney, NE-- Nebraska is going to be seeing temperatures getting so low they could drop below zero. Before that happens Nebraskans are trying to get ready for the potentially deadly cold weather.

According to the American Red Cross the upcoming storm could bring up to a foot of snow to some areas combined with gusty winds and extremely low temperatures.

Cabela's in Kearney works with the Red Cross to help spread the message for this extreme weather.

"Preparedness, preparedness, preparedness is everything that they're really covering," said Sharice Kucera, the Cabela's Marketing Specialist. "They want people to be prepared because quite honestly, there's people that die every single day because they weren't prepared for things like that."

One Cabela's worker talked about the important items to keep yourself warm.

Product Specialist Randy Wilson said, "Gortex or dry plus. That's a waterproof, windproof membrane. The key is the windproof for cold weather like this. Whatever insulation I have on underneath that, I'm going to stay warm with it. You can get it in gloves, you can get it in hats, you can get it in parkas, whatever."

The store said they're used to running out of winter equipment for storms like this.

"We'll get a weather forecast will come out and 3 days in advance, 4 days in advance, you'll start to see stuff move off the shelves," said Wilson.

They understand why this is, however, because of how dangerous the weather can be.

Wilson said, "They're going to get frostbite, I mean it's real simple. When you get this kind of weather and this kind of wind it takes very little time for exposed skin."

Just making yourself warm will not be enough. You must prepare for more than that.

"Most important thing is be prepared in your car or be prepared in your home as well. If you could have generators or heaters, something to jump your car. If your battery's dead and your out in the middle of nowhere, you definitely want to be able to get out of that association," said Kucera.

Randy Wilson is also a cattle rancher who said animals can suffer in the weather as much as you do.

He said, "One of the main things is water. They have to have access to water. So, I mean, we use tank heaters in the tanks to keep the water open. The other thing is they have to have some place to get out of the wind. They're just exposed even though they have the hide's thicker and the hairs thicker they're still exposed, that's why you see calves with frozen off ears or frozen off tails is for that reason exactly."

For more tips on how to stay safe in these dangerous temperatures, visit the American Red Cross website at the link below.