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The Red Cross is assisting families affected by the fire at Glen Oaks Apartments in Sioux City


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Red Cross disaster action team members are helping those affected in the fire at the Glen Oaks Apartments in Sioux City on Monday morning.

They are setting up at Opportunities Unlimited at 3439 Glen Oaks Boulevard to help residents with immediate needs like food, shelter and clothing.

The Opportunities Unlimited location is available for affected families as a place to stay warm and dry until more information becomes available about their homes.

Firefighters, first responders, Red Cross disaster workers and the families involved are also dealing with the extremely cold temperatures.

When dealing with extreme cold the Red Cross recommends taking these steps:

· Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

· Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.

· Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.

· Don’t forget your pets – bring them indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

· Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

· Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

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