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BUZZ: State offices to follow county office schedule with polar vortex

01/07/2014 5:31 PM

01/07/2014 5:50 PM

With the polar vortex continuing to grip South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley has ordered state government offices and employees follow the same schedules set by county governments where state offices are located, the S.C. Emergency Management Division said.

If county offices are opening two hours late, state offices in that county should follow the same schedule.

Richland and Lexington county offices are slated to open at normal times Wednesday.

Meanwhile, here are tips from the S.C. Emergency Management Division on handling the cold snap:

· Don't go outdoors unless you have to.

· Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.)

· Have handy: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items and first-aid supplies.

· Wrap exposed water pipes to insulate them from the cold.

· Move pets indoors and move farm animals to shelter.

· Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as finger, toes, ear lobes and the tip of your nose.

· Keep dry and change wet clothing.

· Check on elderly and other at-risk neighbors and relatives with increased potential for power outages.

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