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Service snow removal equipment and have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways and kitty litter to generate temporary traction. Contact your local emergency manangement office or your local American Red Cross chapter for more information on winter storms. In case family members are separated from one another during a winter storm (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
Winter Storm Watches and WarningsA winter storm watch indicates that severe winter weather may affect your area.
A blizzard warning means that large amounts of falling or blowing snow and sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected for several hours. Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If frostbite or hypothermia is suspected, begin warming the person slowly and seek immediate medical assistance. Never give a frostbite or hypothermia victim something with caffeine in it (like coffee or tea) or alcohol. Capital Projects UpdateUnhitched Trailers: Code Enforcement Sweep BeginsKick off meetings for the Comprehensive Plan update have been scheduled!
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Agricultural Safety & Health is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension For Your Information Network. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. While much of the focus during severe weather is on tornadoes, wind and hail, there are actually more deaths caused each year by flooding and lightning, which are also commonly associated with severe weather.
A strong wind combined with a temperature of just below freezing can have the same effect as a still air temperature about 35 degrees colder. A winter storm warning indicates that severe winter weather conditions are definitely on the way. A loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, or nose and ear lobes are symptoms of frostbite. Symptoms of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, slow speech, memory lapses, frequent stumbling, drowsiness, and exhaustion. Caffeine, a stimulant, can cause the heart to beat faster and hasten the effects the cold has on the body. This is Wisconsin Winter Weather Awareness Week, November 9-13, 2015,  as declared by Governor Scott Walker. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people some years than tornadoes or hurricanes.

Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Alcohol, a depressant, can slow the heart and also hasten the ill effects of cold body temperatures. Arms and legs should be warmed last because stimulation of the limbs can drive cold blood toward the heart and lead to heart failure.
Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states.
High winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.
Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms can quickly cause rivers and streams to overrun their banks and cause street flooding in cities. Every year people are killed or seriously injured because they didn't hear or ignored severe thunderstorms warnings.
If you know what to do before, during, and after a tornado you can increase your chances of survival.
The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, could save your life.

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