Current ANPC Warning To The Population

NOTICE TO THE POPULATION

NATIONAL AUTHORITY OF CIVIL PROTECTION

No. 01/2019

DATE 10/01/2019 – TIME 15.00hrs.

COLD WEATHER WARNING

  1. SITUATION

Meteorological situation:

According to the information provided by the IPMA for the next 48 hours, the forecast of cold and dry weather will remain, emphasizing the following:

  • Decrease of the minimum temperature in the whole of the mainland Portugal, on Friday, with levels of ​​between -4ºC and 6ºC. The maximum temperature will vary between 4ºC and 18ºC.
  • Today and tomorrow, east quadrant wind, blowing more intensely in the highlands (up to 50 km / h), especially at night and morning, sometimes with gusts up to 70 km / h, in the North and Centre region.
  • Fog or mist formation (especially in the catchment area of ​​the Douro River).
  • High night-time cooling and frost formation.
  • High thermal discomfort until Saturday night, due to the decrease of the minimum temperature and the intense wind.

Follow the weather forecasts on www.ipma.pt

  1. EXPECTED EFFECTS
  • In view of the situation described above, the following effects may occur:
  • Inhalation of gas inhalation due to inadequate ventilation in dwellings where fireplaces and fireplaces are used;
  • Fires in dwellings resulting from the misuse of fireplaces and braziers or from faults in electrical circuits;
  • Eventual ice formation on permanently shaded road sections;
  • Particular attention needs to be paid to the most vulnerable population groups, children, the elderly and people living with chronic diseases and the homeless population.
  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC and the DGS reminds people that the possible impact of these effects can be minimized, in particular by observing, disseminating and adopting the main self-protection measures for these situations, in particular:

In terms of individual protection:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to cold and sudden changes in temperature;
  • Keep the body warm through the use of several layers of clothing, loose and adapted to room temperature;
  • The protection of the extremities of the body (wearing gloves, hat, warm socks and scarf) and warm and non-slip footwear;
  • Drink soup and hot beverages, avoiding alcohol that provides a false sense of heat;
  • Special attention should be paid to the protection in terms of clothing by workers who work outside, and to avoid excessive efforts resulting from this activity.
  • Ensure care in physical activity outside, paying attention to the ground conditions to avoid falls;
  • Pay attention to the most vulnerable groups (children in the first years of life, the chronically ill, the elderly or the most isolated, workers who work outside and the homeless);
  • Follow the recommendations of the attending physician, ensuring appropriate medication for chronic diseases;

At the level of collective protection:

  • Particular attention should be paid to combustion heaters (e.g. braziers and fireplaces), which can cause intoxication due to carbon monoxide accumulation and lead to death;
  • Adequate ventilation of dwellings should be ensured when it is not possible to avoid the use of braziers or fireplaces;
  • Avoid using heating devices during sleep, always turning off any appliances before bedtime;
  • Attention should be paid to driving in places where ice forms on the road, taking defensive driving;
  • Be aware of meteorological information and Civil Protection and Security Forces indications.

 

Communication and Awareness Division

Alcina Coutinho – 214 247 100

Jorge Dias – 214 247 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

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