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Emergency Management Coordinator

Roxanne I. Kahan

104 S. Eyder Ave
Phillips, WI  54555

Office:  715-339-5239
Cell:  715-820-0667
Fax:  715-339-3057

Email:  roxanne.kahan@co.price.wi.us

Office Hours Vary - An Appointment is Recommended.


Mission Statement

     Price County Emergency Management coordinates effective disaster response  and recovery efforts in support of local governments.  Through planning, training,  and exercising, we prepare ourselves, our citizens, and response personnel, to minimize the loss of lives and property.


 

Larry and Rita Krznarich, from Park Falls, tell their story…

“We survived a tornado and our emergency weather radio saved our lives” –

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Top 10 Emergency Preparedness Tips

USE CAUTION DURING STORM AND FLOOD CLEANUP

Downed power lines, broken glass, and exposed nails are some of the dangers people can encounter while assessing damage or cleaning up after a storm. Residents should also avoid entering any structure that has been damaged until it has been checked by their gas and electric utility and a licensed contractor or building inspector to make sure it is safe for re-entry.

Other ways to avoid injury during cleanup include:

    • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
    • In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, even if the damage isn’t readily apparent, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions.
    • If the power is out, use battery-powered lanterns to light homes rather than candles. Candles could trigger an explosion if there is a gas leak.
    • Never use gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices like camp stoves or generators inside the home, or even outside near an open window, door, or vent. Carbon monoxide from these sources can build up and cause illness or death.

Even with so much to think about, it’s also a good time for people to make sure tetanus shots are up-to-date. Tetanus is caused by bacteria and often enters the body through puncture wounds, like those caused by nails.

Besides tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, another risk is heavy rains leading to flooding. Health and safety risks abound during the flood and afterward.

To avoid injury or death during a flood:

    • Move to higher ground, especially if the threat is imminent. Don’t wait for instructions to move.
    • If you must evacuate, first secure your home and turn off utilities at main switches or valves.
    • Disconnect electrical appliances, but do NOT touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
    • Do not walk through moving water.
    • Do not drive in flooded areas.

To avoid injury after a flood:

    • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
    • Avoid driving or walking through areas that were flooded. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
    • Use extreme caution when entering buildings as there may be hidden damage, particularly to foundations.

Once flood cleanup begins, remember that water damage can often lead to unhealthy mold growth within days after floodwaters have receded. It is wise to consult a professional with flood cleanup experience to assess how serious a mold problem is, and the best way to remove it.

Private well owners whose well has been submerged by floodwaters should wait until floodwaters recede before testing the well for contamination. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides guidance on how to cope with a flooded well: http://dnr.wi.gov/emergency/FloodCoping.html

Finally, keep food safety in mind. Refrigerated and frozen foods should be inspected, especially if there was a power outage. Check the smell and appearance of all meats, seafood, milk, produce and leftovers and "when in doubt, throw it out." Also, any food that was touched by floodwaters – even if it was stored in a waterproof container – should be thrown out.

For more information about severe weather and other emergency preparation, visit: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/

For weather-related health and safety: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/injuryprevention/WeatherRelated/index.htm

 

Heat: Number One Weather-related Killer in the United States

Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes, severe storms and floods combined. Between 2011 and 2013, Wisconsin had 40 confirmed, direct and indirect, heat related deaths and more than 100 people injured. In 1995, two major killer heat waves affected most of Wisconsin resulting in 154 heat-related deaths and over 300 heat-related illnesses.

This is why it is vitally important to check in on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat, especially those who are particularly vulnerable, like families with very young children, the elderly, and people who are on medications that could make them more susceptible to injury from extreme heat.

People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include:

    • Older adults
    • Infants and young children
    • People with chronic heart or lung problems
    • People with disabilities
    • Overweight persons
    • Those who work outdoors or in hot settings
    • Users of some medications, especially those taken for mental disorders, movement disorder, allergies, depression, and heart or circulatory problems
    • People who are socially isolated and don’t know when or how to cool off – or when to call for help.

Tips to keep safe in hot weather:

  1. Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car – even briefly. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. On an 80-degree day with sunshine, the temperature inside a car even with the windows cracked slightly can rise 20 to 30 degrees above the outside temperature in 10 to 20 minutes. There have been cases where the inside temperature rose 40 degrees! Additional information at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml

  2. Keep your living space cool. If you have an air conditioner, use it. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If you don’t have an air conditioner you should consider going to a community cooling center. If you stay at home, open windows to let air circulate. At extreme high temperatures, a fan loses its ability to effectively reduce heat-related illness. When it’s hotter than 95 degrees use fans to blow hot air out of the window rather than to blow hot air on your body.

  3. Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler.

  4. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals.

  5. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a hat or umbrella to keep your head cool…and don’t forget sunscreen!

  6. Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should. Take extra care to stay cool and ask your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice.

  7. Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down. A shower or bath will actually work faster than an air conditioner. Applying cold wet rags to the neck, head and limbs also cools down the body quickly.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do:

  • Heat Cramps - cramps or muscle spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs.

Solution: Stop activity. Cool down, drink clear juice or sports drink.

  • Heat Exhaustion - heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, fainting.

Solution: Cool down, seek medical attention.

  • Heat Stroke - extremely high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness.

Solution: Call 911 and cool the victim with shower or hose until help arrives.

(Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

National Weather Service Heat Wave Program in Wisconsin:

Outlook Statement – Issued daily to highlight potential hazardous weather in the next 1 to 7 days. Periods when Heat Index will equal or exceed 95 are mentioned (could lead to Heat Advisory or Excessive Heat Warning conditions). Issued as a Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO). Broadcasted on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and posted on NWS web sites (www.weather.gov).

Heat Advisory – Issued 6 to 36 hours in advance of a daytime period in which daytime heat index (HI) values of 100 degrees or more are expected. Additionally if daytime HI values are expected to be 95 to 99 degrees for four consecutive days or more an Advisory should be issued.

Excessive Heat Watch – Issued generally 12 to 48 hours in advance of Excessive Heat Warning conditions are expected.

Excessive Heat Warning – Issued 6 to 36 hours in advance of any occurrence of a 48-hour period in which daytime heat index (HI) values are expected to be 105 degrees or higher and nighttime HI values will be 75 degrees or higher. Additionally, if four consecutive days of daytime HI values of 100 to 104 are expected, an Excessive Heat Warning will be issued.

Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

 

 

 

 








 

 


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