Some of you might be used to this bitter cold weather that’s upon us. We’re guessing the majority of you, however, are not accustomed to seeing the temperature dip into the single digits or, with wind chills, creep below zero.
For those of you who are able and willing, we encourage you to do two things over the next 48 hours that might be out of the ordinary. First, check on your senior neighbors. Most of you know the shut-ins down the street, at the center of the cul-de-sac or at the far end of a long dirt road. Perhaps you rarely see them. Well, today and tomorrow are the days you want to check in on them, in a neighborly manner, and say hello.
Why today? That’s easy. You might be headed to the store for creature-comfort foods to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night. Or canned food, should power go out. Before you go, please consider stopping by your neighbor’s house to see if there’s anything that household needs. Some people are far too proud to ask for help; it’s in extreme temperatures such as what’s about to come, with wind gusts up to nearly 25 miles per hour is when we should convince them they’re helping us.
It’s in our blood to help those who sometimes can’t help themselves. That’s not to say seniors are helpless, but they are, in extreme weather conditions, prone to be more affected than others.
Speaking of helping those who need it, it’s not a bad idea to check in on your neighbor’s pets as well as your own. If your neighbors are out of town and they have outside pets, it’s likely they didn’t foresee this cold front coming through southern North Carolina.
Help them out. Please make sure those animals are safe. That way the family’s return is a happy one.
For those of you who have to be outside — public safety workers, utilities, and others, be safe. Layer up. Limit the amount of exposed skin and limit your time outside. ‘Cause it’s gonna be cold.