Tips for being prepared for extreme cold

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FRANKENMUTH, Michigan (WJRT) - (12/26:2017) -"It's like crazy cold," said Sasha Tretyakova as she huddled outside in downtown Frankenmuth Tuesday night.

With temperatures expected to drop below zero, cold weather safety is no laughing matter.

We spent time in Frankenmuth talking with tourists and Michiganders who are braving the elements.

"I'm so sorry," said Kim Combs.

She had no idea it had dropped down to the single digits when she decided to show her sister-in-law, who is from Florida, around Frankenmuth Tuesday night.

"Yeah it's really cold," Kristen Combs said.

Combs, who is from Daytona Beach, Florida shared her strategy for braving the cold:

"I have lots of layers," she said. Combs says she's also good at ducking in and out of the shops quickly, to stay warm.

Talk about perfect timing, three sisters we ran into tell us they just got new coats.

"We all got new Christmas jackets this year, thanks Santa," said Sasha Tretyakova.

Michigan State police say being prepared is key. Their cold weather tips include wearing protective gear, avoiding overexertion while shoveling
and knowing the signs of frostbite and hypothermia and understanding the significance of the wind chill factor.

"We have road flares," said Michigan State Trooper Nicholas McCabe.

Cold Weather preparation includes keeping an emergency kit in your car at all times.

McCabe talked about the importance of making sure that kit includes flares and a heavy blanket.

"Having a blanket to cover a lot of people in the vehicle," he said.

And for those tackling their driveways and sidewalks, remember to take frequent breaks.

"Get the job done, go back in, warm up," said Flint Resident Don Bertram.

As for those folks who dragged their relative from Florida outside after dark?

"It's worth it," said Kim Combs, "it's Frankenmuth."

It's also important to remember that exposed skin runs the risk of frostbite in 30 minutes.

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