Staying Safe in Wisconsin Summer Heat

Today is Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day, a fitting title as temperatures climb into the mid-80s in the coming days. With heat and humidity comes high risk for weather-related deaths, especially among children and the elderly.

Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service outline important steps to take to ensure your safety in the summer months. In 2011, five people in Wisconsin died of excessive heat and more than 100 were treated for heat-related symptoms.

As Northeast Wisconsin sweats it out for the coming months, here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe this summer:

  • Drink up—Staying hydrated is key to warding off heat-related health emergencies. Drink fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Dress for the weather and wear light, loose-fitting clothing. Carry a hat or umbrella if possible.
  • Check up on friends and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, especially if they are elderly. Find places to go during the day for relief such as schools, libraries or the mall if you don’t have air conditioning at home.
  • Avoid work outdoors if possible and take frequent breaks if you must be outside. Take a cool shower or bath when you come in from working outside or if you feel overheated.
  • Eat small meals more often to ensure you are getting proper nutrition along with hydration.  
  • Call 9-1-1 if someone is showing signs of heat stroke, which include hot, red skin, changes in consciousness, vomiting and high body temperature. Heat cramps are muscular pains that often signal the start of heat-related health problems. If someone has these symptoms, call 9-1-1 and move them into a cool place.

Wisconsin offers a multitude of options for fun this summer, and staying cool will help us all enjoy them safely. For more information on heat safety, please visit redcross.org

Winter Storm Warning for Northeast Wisconsin

It looks like our worst “spring time” fears have been confirmed here in the Northeast Wisconsin Region. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the entire southern 2/3 of the Region with 6-8 inches of snow expected in and just to the north of theFoxValleyand intoDoorCounty. Lesser amounts are expected to the South in Southern Fond du Lac, Southern Manitowoc, andSheboyganCounties, where a mix of snow, rain, and sleet is expected. Lesser amounts of around 6 inches are also forecast north of Highway 29.

Below is a map from the National Weather Service.

Don’t be caught off guard by winter weather travel disruptions and power outages as this is expected to be extremely wet, heavy snow – Get Prepared!

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tips and Technology from WLUK FOX 11

Inside the National Weather Service

Good Day Wisconsin weekend meteorologist Doug Higgins joined Jeff Last of the National Weather Service for a look at the technology used in forecasting severe weather. Click HERE for video of story.

Interested in becoming a storm spotter?  Learn how at an upcoming class.  Here’s the schedule: 

+ April 27 7 pm, UW-Green Bay, MAC Hall 210
+ April 29th 6:30 pm,Oshkosh, Coughlin Building 625 E County Rd Y
+ May 6th 6 pm, Wautoma, Fire Dept. 568 S. Fair St.