(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Framingham, Mass.) - Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency always provides reminders and up-to-the-date advice on how to prepare for emergencies.
On a very cold Friday ahead of a stormy weekend, MEMA Public Information Officer Peter Judge explains some warning signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.
Additionally, despite the cold temperatures, Judge advises against attempting to ice skate.
"At this point, it's really early in the season, relative to ice," said Judge. "Even folks that are out walking their dogs, it's a good idea to have them on a leash if you walk around a lake or a reservoir."
Judge went on to explain that if your animal should fall through the ice, you should not try to be a hero and you should call 911 immediately.
You can find weather emergency contact information here.