Emergency Management


Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day is June 6, 2018

CONTACT: Andrew Beckett | ngwi.pao@mail.mil | 608-242-3211

While many people look forward to warmer temperatures during the summer months, it’s also important to remember that hot conditions can turn dangerous quickly. That’s why Gov. Scott Walker has declared June 6 as Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin.

In the last five years, 39 people have died in Wisconsin and thousands of residents have fallen ill or even been hospitalized due to heat-related conditions. Nationwide there are an average of 618 deaths in the U.S. each year caused by extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Many victims of heat-related deaths are socially isolated, maintaining little contact with family and friends.

“We all need to be aware of this threat and seek to mitigate its impact on those who are at greatest risk,” said Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security advisor.

It is important to check in on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat. Those most vulnerable include very young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure. Individuals who are overweight or on certain medications may also be more susceptible to illnesses during extreme heat events.

The inside of a car can be especially dangerous during extreme heat, with temperatures inside a vehicle able to climb very quickly — as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. Never leave a child or pet inside a parked car. Leaving a window cracked is not sufficient.

Tips for staying safe during extreme heat:
· Stay cool — Remain inside air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight.
· Stay hydrated — Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink!
· Stay informed — Pay attention to local weather forecasts and extreme heat alerts.

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You Have The Right To Know About Hazardous Chemicals In Your County!

P.L. 99-499 is the Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986, and Title III of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) gives you that right!

Federal Law P.L. 99-499 was enacted in October 1986, by the U.S. Congress to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed, and/or used in the community. Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations within Buffalo County is available for public review Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. contact:

Bruce Fuerbringer, Emergency Management Director
Buffalo County Courthouse
407 South Second Street
Alma, WI 54610

* The Emergency Management Office is located in the basement of the courthouse, room B-2.
Information available includes lists of reporting facilities, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), inventory form of chemicals, emergency response plans, and, if there are any filed, follow-up emergency notices of releases from facilities.

Copies of the documents may be made at the expense of the requester at the rate of $.25 per page. Telephone inquiries as to specific information contained in the files will not be accepted.

Information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99-499 and does not include all chemicals that may prove a threat to humans, animals, or the environment.

Public concerns associated with EPCRA can be addressed at the next Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting scheduled for May 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., in the Second Floor Conference Room. Please call the Courthouse prior to attending to ensure the time has not been changed.

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Contact Interim Emergency Management Director Bruce Fuerbringer for questions or more information.