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Cold Weather Safety Tips

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The way to avoid frostbite and hypothermia is to plan for extreme cold before it arrives. Don’t get caught unprepared.

  • Check the Forecast at weather.gov or your favorite weather app, station, etc.: Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you’ll know when to expect cold weather.
  • Adjust Your Schedule: If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning. Try to find a warm spot for your children while waiting for the school bus outside.
  • Protect Your Pets, Livestock and other Property: If you have pets or farm animals, make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold. Take precautions to ensure your water pipes do not freeze. Know the temperature thresholds of your plants and crops.
  • Fill up the tank: Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.
  • Dress for the outdoors even if you don’t think you’ll be out much.
  • Update Your Winter Car Survival Kit: Make sure your car survival kit has the following:       MORE

 

CAPCA & NADC Winter Utility Assistance

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The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas and the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council will begin the Regular Winter Utility Assistance Program on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  They will be offering Regular assistance for gas and/or electricity.  CAPCA applications will be taken Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 8:15 to 11:00 am and 1:15 to 3:30 pm. The office will be closed from 12 to 1 pm for lunch.  For the NADC offices in Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone Counties applications will be taken Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Applicants are seen on a first come first serve basis.  Arriving between these hours does not guarantee that an interview can be conducted; staff will serve as many applicants as possible during the scheduled interview times.  It is recommended that you arrive early.

All interested applicants must provide proof of all household income for the previous month for all household members 18 years of age or older. If a household has not had income during the previous month you will need CAPCA’s Contribution and/or Collateral Statement.  Must have a copy of both light and gas bill. A valid state or government issued ID is required.

No determination can be made until all requested information has been received.

For more information from CAPCA Offices:

In Faulkner County, please contact, our Administrative office at (501) 329-3891 or at 707 Robins St. Suite 700 Conway, AR 72034.

In Cleburne County, please contact Debbie Gilmer, Community Services Coordinator at (877) 699-6924 or at 305 W. Searcy St. Heber Springs, AR 72543.

In White County, please contact Lisa Smith, Community Services Coordinator at (501-279-2015) or at 1132 Benton St. Searcy, AR 72143.

For more information from NADC Offices:

Independence County – Jessica 870-793-5765

Izard County – Sherry 870-368-4329

Sharp County – Rita 870-994-7353

Stone County – Kathy 870-269-4381

Preventing Frozen Pipes

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Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

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Commission Sets 2018 Fishing Regulations

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LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to approve the list of recommended fishing regulations for 2018. The following recommendations will become effective Jan. 1, 2018.

  • Removal of the 13-inch minimum length limit on Lake Ouachita spotted bass.
  • Implement an 18- to 21-inch protected slot limit with one fish over 21 inches for largemouth bass on Lower White Oak Lake.
  • Enact statewide creel limits for catfish and crappie on Lower White Oak Lake.   MORE
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