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Kewaunee County Wisconsin
Winter Weather Awareness

Avoid Overexertion:
  • Use caution when shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car or walking in deep snow. 
    • The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack.  Sweating could lead to chills and hypothermia.
At Home & At Work:
  • Have available: Flashlight & extra batteries; Battery-powered NOAA weather radio & commercial radio; Extra food & water.  High energy food, or food that requires no cooking is best; First aid supplies; Emergency heating source, such as a fireplace or space heater - make sure you have proper ventilation.
In Vehicles:
  • Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm. 
  • If you must travel, check & winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins; carry a winter storm survival kit that includes:  blankets/sleeping bags, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, knife, high calorie and non-perishable food, extra clothing to keep dry, sand or cat litter, shovel, windshield scraper and brush, tool kit and booster cables; keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Key Terms:

Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes when it hits the ground; creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
Sleet: Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
Wind Chill: A measure of how cold people feel due to the combined effect of wind and cold temperatures; the Wind Chill Index is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin. Both cold temperatures and wind remove heat from the body; as the wind speed increases during cold conditions, a body loses heat more quickly. Eventually, the internal body temperature also falls and hypothermia can develop. Animals also feel the effects of wind chill; but inanimate objects, such as vehicles and buildings, do not. They will only cool to the actual air temperature, although much faster during windy conditions.