EMSA urging Tulsa area to prepare for frigid temperatures

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 12/30/2021, 4:24 PM
Edited: 12/30/2021, 4:29 PM

(TULSA, Okla.) EMSA sent out a message Thursday in anticipation of freezing temperatures this weekend- take precautions. 

"Locals should make sure they are wearing proper clothing, including multiple warm layers of clothing, hats, gloves, and sturdy shoes, and limiting time outdoors," Chief Public Affairs Officer Adam Paluka said. "We also encourage residents to check on their neighbors, family, and friends to make sure they have transportation, when needed, and have adequate heating in their homes or have access to a shelter." 

Officials said people should make sure their heating sources like space heaters are used properly and kept far enough away from flammable sources like curtains, blankets, or bedding. They also warned people to never use outdoor grills, gas ovens or propane heaters indoors due to the risk of lethal carbon monoxide poisoning and fires. 

Additional recommendations include: 

When possible, try to work in an area sheltered from the wind.

Dress appropriately. Wear at least three layers of clothing: an outer layer to break the wind and allow some ventilation (like gortex or nylon); a middle layer of wool, down, or synthetic pile to absorb sweat and retain insulating properties when wet; and an inner layer of cotton or synthetic weave to allow ventilation and escape of perspiration.

Layer clothing to create air pockets that help retain body heat. Layering also makes adapting to changes in weather and level of physical exertion easier.

Keep a change of clothing available in case your work clothes get wet. If your clothes get wet, you should try to change into dry clothes as soon as possible.

Pay special attention to protecting your feet, hands, head, and face. Your head should be covered (up to 40% of your body heat can be lost when your head is exposed). Fingers and hands lose their dexterity at temperatures below 59°F. Find gloves that will allow you to perform the tasks you need to perform and remember to put dry gloves on if your gloves get wet.

Wear boots or shoes that protect against cold and dampness. Footwear needs be insulated and fit comfortably with several layers of socks.

Avoid wearing dirty or greasy clothing because they have poor insulating properties and will allow you to get cold faster than clean clothing.

EMSA reminds residents that they need to continue taking the appropriate precautions to reduce transmission of COVID-19.  

We're told the following locations are open, with some limitations due to COVID-19, and will serve as warming stations:

The Salvation Army Center of Hope

102 N. Denver Ave.

Tulsa, OK 74103

24/7 ***Due to social distancing capacity limits are in place.***

John 3:16 Mission

506 N. Cheyenne

Tulsa, Okla. 74103



Ann Marie Worthley
01/06/2022, 11:58 PM

Great information.