The current polar vortex that is ravaging Saskatchewan will see temperatures dropping as low as -50 Celsius with the wind chill. In these conditions, frostbite occurs in mere minutes. It is extremely important to remain aware of one's exposure to these elements, and to seek immediate shelter if experiencing distress. But where can you go if you need help? Constable Roy with the Weyburn Police Service said that their doors are always open.
"There are some areas that are open to the public, one place being the Weyburn Police Service. Our lobby is open 24 hours a day," he offered.
Roy said that while the lobby of the police station is a safe place to take a break from the cold and warm up, anyone finding themselves unable to reach the station should immediately call for help.
"If it is an emergency, or else you're stuck somewhere and you can't get somewhere warm, you can use our telephone line and we will come and assist," he affirmed. "We're here to serve the public and we want to make sure people are safe. With the cold, frigid elements right now, it's easy to get affected by the cold really fast. So, we're here to help 24 hours a day."
Residents should remain vigilant throughout the cold snap and be on the lookout for others who may be in need of help. If a person is seen outdoors who could be in distress, or you suspect they could soon be overwhelmed by the cold, the best thing to do is call.
"Certainly call for help. Whether it's 911 or by calling straight to the Service, we want to make sure and do a welfare check," stated Roy. "That's what we're here for. Sometimes people say, 'sorry to bug you.' But no, that's what we're here for because you never know, that person might be in distress."
Constable Roy added that all residents should do their best to be proactive about their approach to going outdoors during this extreme weather, reminding that anything can happen.
"Dress for the weather as best as possible, and let people know what your plans are," he advised. "That way, if you don't show up, they can call the police service to maybe go look for you. Sometimes people slip and fall, and hit their heads, so it's best to let people know your plans in temperatures like this."
Roy also advised that people take the time to review their vehicle emergency kits and make sure they are well stocked with warm clothes, candles, blankets, and food before traveling.