Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST today... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...this morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills this morning... * temperatures this morning range from near zero to 10 degrees below during this time...coupled with strong...gusty winds...are expected to produce life threatening wind chills as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures today will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,11:48 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News


Preventing Rabies: Tips for Protecting Your Pets

Pets & Animal, Community, Charity & Cause, Health & Wellness, Seasonal & Current Events

Rabies can be spread to humans as well as pets.

Rabies is a deadly virus that is usually spread by wild animals. The disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, fear of water, excitation, agitation, salivation and a tingling sensation around the area of the bite.
Most animals and humans will die within the first few days of these symptoms. It is important to be able to recognize the early symptoms of rabies in humans as well, which can include headache, fever and weakness.
However the best way to avoid rabies is to protect your pets from coming in contact with wild animals. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 90% of reported rabies cases occur in wild animals.
You should be sure that your pets get their rabies vaccination every year. Pets that have not gotten a vaccination and have been exposed to rabies must be quarantined for six months or put down. From time to time, you will be able to find free rabies shots provided by the SPCA and other organizations. However, it is most important to visit your veternarian periodically to make sure your pet's shots are up to date.
Pets should also be spayed or neutered in order to prevent unwanted animals that can contribute to the spread of rabies. You should also avoid feeding or watering your animals outside. Also, keep your garbage secure as this can attract wild animals.
During the summer months, pets spend a lot of time outside. Anytime you are hiking, camping or playing outdoors with your pets, do not let them come into contact with wild or stray animals.
If you or your pet is bitten by any wild animal, immediately call a healthcare provider or vet. Don’t forget to contact animal control to capture the animal. Rabies can be prevented through a series of post-exposure-prophylaxis shots, but only if the patient is treated before the onset of symptoms.
Families should discuss rabies, and parents should make sure their children are aware of the risks and how to prevent the disease and keep your animals safe and healthy,
[Source: CDC]

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