MISSION STATEMENT: Green 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.
We have many tips for preparing your Home in the "Know What To Do" page of our "Be Informed" section on this website.
Have a Safety Plan prepared so you and your family know what to do in the event of a disaster.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issues storm warnings and watches. Familiarize yourself with the "Know the Terms" page in the "Be Informed" section.
Dangerous Wind Chills to persist into Friday
Dangerously cold weather and deadly wind chills will persist until Friday. Gusty winds will cause blowing and drifting snow into Wednesday will make travel conditions treacherous. Tuesday night through Wednesday night will be the coldest period. Daytime highs on Wednesday will be around 15 degrees below zero. Overnight lows are forecast to be 23 to 32 degrees below zero. A westerly wind of 5 to 15 mph will produce minimum wind chills of 40 to 50 degrees below zero. Frostbite during these extreme low temperatures can occur in as little as 5 minutes.
Jeff Skatrud, Green County Sheriff, RoAnn Warden, Green County Public Health Director and Tanna McKeon, Green Co. Emergency Management director are advising everyone to be well prepared for this extremely cold weather. In addition to this we ask that you check on your neighbors, friends and the elderly to see if they are OK.
McKeon reminds everyone to have emergency supplies and food and to avoid traveling during this time. Furnaces will be running longer and be sure you have enough heating oil or propane and schedule a delivery before you run low. If you can’t remember the last time your checked your smoke and carbon monoxide testers you should change the batteries. Make sure water pipes in unheated areas are properly insulated. If you have faucets served by exposed pipes, let water drip from them or run at a slow trickle to prevent freezing. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow heat to get to the pipes. Do not attempt to use gasoline or propane heaters or a grill to heat your home or garage. Those devices produce carbon monoxide, which could be deadly in enclosed areas.
If your furnace should quit working and you need to find another place to stay, we encourage you to contact a family member or friends that you can stay with or get a hotel room. These are the most comfortable and safest places for you to stay. Municipal buildings, such as libraries and administration offices may be available during working hours. We have already seen other counties and municipalities closing municipal buildings so always call ahead to make sure they are open. If you have no other resources or know or see someone who is homeless or living in car, please contact your local police department or the Green County Sheriff’s office.
If you must travel keep the gas tank at least half-full. Pack an emergency kit with items such as food, water, extra blankets and warm clothing, booster cables, and a cell phone charger. Always make sure someone knows where you are travelling to.
RoAnn Warden also advises people to be extra careful during this time to prevent your exposure to the cold and know how to detect the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Limit your time outdoors. If you must be outside, dress for the weather. Wear loose-fitting layers, a hat, gloves and snow boots. Make sure you have a scarf or some other way to cover your face.
- Know the signs of hypothermia, which include excessive shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech. If you or anyone around you begins to show symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- Know the signs of frostbite, which include a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness. If you detect symptoms, get to a warm area. Do not try to rub them, as it can cause more damage
If you have pets, limit their time outdoors. Dogs and cats can get frost-bitten ears, nose and feet if left outside during bitter cold weather. For livestock, make sure they have access to extra food and a water source that will not freeze over. Outdoor animals need access to a dry place to seek shelter. Help provide a windbreak for larger animals and an enclosed space for smaller animals to help them retain their body heat.
Immediately following a natural or technological disaster, essential utilities and supply sources may be disrupted, there are damages to public and private property, and people suffer injuries or death. All emergencies must be managed during the response phase by using an Incident Command structure that efficiently procures and employs all the resources needed to effectively manage the situation. Each emergency is different and requires a comprehensive assessment of resources available and the flexibility to mobilize them
Recovery starts almost immediately after a disaster strikes and the goal is to restore all systems to normal or near-normal condition. Long-term recovery from a disaster may go on for years until the entire disaster area is completely redeveloped, either as it was in the past or for an entirely new purpose which is less vulnerable to a disaster. During this time it is very important for the public to check this website, facebook , WEKZ radio 93.7 FM and other media outlets for current emergency information.
Mitigation means to eliminate or reduce the chance of occurrence or the effects of a disaster. The downtown area in the City of Darlington, WI was repeatedly flooded and through a mitigation grant they were able to remove structures near the river and turn the area into a park. They also put flood walls around some buildings to protect them. The City of Monroe also received a grant after the 1996 flooding and several detention ponds were created to hold water runoff. This has been very beneficial and both of these projects have greatly reduced damages caused by flooding.
Preparedness means planning for emergency operations, identifying available resources, ensuring training, and practicing plans through exercises. Responders as well as individuals must ensure they have emergency plans and test them. It has been proven that the more prepared a community and its citizens are for a disaster, the faster they recover from it.