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For Emergencies Dial:
Roxanne I. Kahan
104 S. Eyder Ave
Phillips, WI 54555
An Appointment is Recommended.
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
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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
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
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
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:
For weather-related health and safety:
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
- 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:
- 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:
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.
Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or
exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are
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.
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
Add a hat or umbrella to keep your head cool…and don’t forget
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.
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
- Heat Stroke - extremely high body temperature, red,
hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea,
Solution: Call 911 and cool the
victim with shower or hose until help arrives.
(Courtesy: Wisconsin Department of Health
National Weather Service Heat Wave Program
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!