‘Helping people:’ Milwaukee County dispatchers work to keep you safe in extreme cold

MILWAUKEE -- While some businesses shortened their hours due to the frigid temperatures -- the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management must always be up and running.

"Our mission at the Office of Emergency Management is helping people in extraordinary times. We're always here for you," said Kevin Shermach, Office of Emergency Management.

Milwaukee County Fleet Management and Highway Maintenance staff were on call to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office through the duration of the weather emergency. MCSO officials were busy patrolling freeways and county roads.

The Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management offers the following advice for those heading out in the snow or bitter cold:

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If your car slides off the road or you are trapped in your car, stay inside and wait for help.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
  • Recognize frostbite: Loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers and toes; white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin. Respond: Go to a warm room, soak in warm water or use body heat to warm. Never use a heating pad.
  • Recognize hypothermia: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness. Respond: Go to a warm room, warm the center of the body first (chest, neck, head and groin), and keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck. Call 911 for a body temperature at or below 95°F.

The good news is the wind chill warning expired for all of southeast Wisconsin at noon Thursday. A wind chill advisory took effect until 3 p.m. Thursday. The FOX6 Weather Experts said we could expect a warmup for the weekend! CLICK HERE for the latest FOX6 Forecast.

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