Tunbridge Central School Principal Scott Farnsworth announced on Friday night that he will have the school open today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide shelter, warmth, and battery power to anyone in need during today’s deadly cold weather.
Visitors will be able to “warm up, charges phones and the like,” according to an email announcing the decision.
Please also remember that animals and pets are particularly vulnerable to the weather. Check out some tips for keeping them safe and warm here.
In advance of temperatures that are expected to drop to minus 6 degrees today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has issued some tips to keep all animals, yours and others’, safe from the frigid windchill.
Animals, much like humans, are susceptible to frostbite and exposure, and can quickly become dehydrated if their water source freezes over, resulting in death. (As someone who has personally had frostbite and still deals with its effects, I say this loudly and confidently: Do. Not. Mess. Around.)
Thankfully, there are some easy ways to make sure our four-legged friends stay safe, per PETA:
Keep animals indoors. Freezing temperatures spell extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements and are unable to help, note their location and alert authorities immediately. (For information regarding what constitutes adequate shelter, click here.)
In cold weather, you can provide birds and other animals with access to water by filling a heavy nonmetal water bowl (tongues can freeze to metal) and breaking the surface ice twice a day. When weather improves, be sure to remove any food offerings to encourage animals to move on to warmer areas.
Lastly, anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather could face prosecution.
Today I found out that in Switzerland it's illegal to have just one guinea pig because they get too lonely and need a friend. It is against the law to let your guinea pig get lonely. You MUST have at least 2 guinea pigs. What a world.