Graphic Forecast of Temperatures Across the US from the National Digital Forecast Database



Prepare for Cold Weather Expected This Winter  

Pets Should Not be Exposed to Extreme Cold Temps for More Than 20 Minutes According  to Dr. Scott Marshall


If you Lose Heat For Any Reason during a Extreme Cold Emergency... Please Call 211

Operators Will be Standing By To Help You Find Warm Shelter




Some Household Tips to think about...


  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.


Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees.



Some Vehicle Tips to think about...

    • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
    • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
    • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
    • Tires - make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
    • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.



Normally Available Warming Centers (Short Term) during Extreme Cold Emergency

>>> Regular Hours


- Charlestown Town Hall, 4540 South County Trail, Charlestown, RI 02813 (8:30am to 4:30pm)(Weekdays)

- Police Community Room, 4901 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI 02813 (7am to 5pm)(Daily)

- Charlestown Community/Senior Center, 100 Park Lane, Charlestown, RI 02813 (8:30am to 3:30pm)(Monday-Thursday) and Friday Mornings until Noon.



Normally Available Warming Centers (Short Term) during Extreme Cold Emergency

>>>  After Regular Hours


- Police Community Room (as needed)

- Charlestown Community/Senior Center. (on stand-by)



For after hour availability/access to a Warming Center in Charlestown, RI … Please call the On-Duty Police Dispatcher at (401) 364-1212 Extension-0 to make your request.


CDC- Extreme Cold Weather Information Cold Weather Info from CDC Website
General Hypothermia Information Information about Hypothermia from Wilkipedia.
CDC- Hypothermia Webpage Winter Weather information about Hypothermia
Wind Chill Chart (Printable) From National Weather Service.