Hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature falls below normal, which can easily happen when exposed to foul weather such as rain, wind, and cold. The victim may be experience shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination and confusion.


You can avoid hypothermia if you guard against dehydration, fatigue, cold winds, and wet clothes. Be sure to dress warm and wear protective clothing. Eat high energy snacks and drink plenty of water.


If you recognize hypothermia in someone, take action immediately. Unconscious victims should get medical attention as soon as possible. Immediate first aid consist of moving the victim to shelter, removing wet clothes and replacing with warm dry clothing. The victim should be encouraged to drink warm liquids. Moderate exercise is encouraged to generate heat. Should the victim be unable to exercise, place them in a sleeping bag. Space blankets may also be a good alternative.