Biggest Threat in January -Extreme Cold

Extreme cold is one of the worst threats because it is usually far-reaching and it cannot be eliminated.

You can plan for it, put in a heater, buy blankets or snuggies, get a furry cat, wear fleece and drink lots of hot tea, but you cannot stop it or eliminate it, once it’s in place.

Severe cold can cause death if people are stuck outside, in a stalled car, or if power
goes out so there is no heat.  Extreme cold causes frostbite and can lead to losing fingers, toes and even noses.  Cold triggers hypothermia, especially in older people. And Extreme cold can kill pets who are tied outside and have no way to escape.

For organizations, cold can freeze locks, can make it impossible to enter the office, it can cause disruptions in IT systems if power is out for an extended period of time, and, of course, it affects the transportation systems that get people to work.

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To avoid the worst of these problems due to Extreme Cold:

Stay home if you can.
If you have a fireplace, make sure you have dry wood and matches in case of
power outage.
Always keep lots of blankets, fleece clothing, etc.
Always dress warmly when venturing outside.
Keep enough food for at least 3 days inside.
Make sure and use both knitted hats and mitten that retain the heat.

Keep an emergency kit in your CAR with a blanket, gloves, jacket, and hat.
Keep extra water and energy bars in your car, just in case.
Watch for the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.


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About Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton

Caroline Ramsey-Hamilton is a leading expert in assessing security risk in both information security and facilities security including security risk assessments, active shooter and security risk assessments for hospitals and healthcare organizations, cybersecurity, nuclear security, and also auditing, analyzing and measuring compliance with all major security standards, like DHS, FEMA 426-428, The Joint Commission, HIPAA Security & Privacy Rules, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and OSHA 3148 for Preventing Workplace Violence. And including both C-TPAT and CFATS. She is currently working on a universal set of easy security tools that will make it easy to assess risk in a variety of companies, agencies and business. Her company, Risk & Security LLC, works with more than 500 clients around the world using a program that standardizes site surveys and assessments and makes it easier to compare facilities and measure their level of security. She posts breaking security & risk alerts at She's also an animal lover and tree hugger, and musician who loves dogs, horses, kitties, house rabbits, parrots, and especially beagles! I support and other animal rescue organizations and work toward a more peaceful and green world.

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