Posts under ‘Emergency Management’

Hazardous materials Annual Inventory Report due in March

On April 17, 2013, a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in central Texas killed 15 people and injured more than 160. The incident at the West Fertilizer Company is considered one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history. In the aftermath of that tragedy, questions have been raised about what information emergency first […]

County Emergency Management issues winter preparedness tips

This week is Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. Just in time I say, based on the weather of late. Here is some information put out by Kenosha County Emergency Management about getting ready for winter: Governor Scott Walker has declared November 10-14, 2014 as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  The annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin […]

September is National Preparedness Month

Kenosha County Emergency Management has released the following statement regarding National Preparedness Month. When disaster strikes you may need to take action to help protect your family, your friends and your community. That’s what September’s National Preparedness Month is all about. Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, from severe weather like the tornadoes that swept across […]

County Emergency Management offers heat survival info

Heat can kill. That’s why Kenosha County Emergency Management, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service are reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and to promote community safety and health. June 12 is Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day. In 2013, Wisconsin had 11 confirmed heat related […]

Tornado warning drill scheduled for today

A statewide tornado drill is planned for today. Kenosha County is expected to participate. At 1 pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45 pm a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. Kenosha County warning sirens are expected to be […]

Preparedness and Response Workshop on April 9 at County Center

A Preparedness and Response Workshop will take place Wednesday, April 9, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (lunch included) at the Kenosha County Center (Highways 45 and 50 in Bristol. Kenosha County Emergency Management and the Kenosha Public Private Partnership will be hosting a workshop in a thought-provoking exercise for Public and Private Sectors to […]

County emergency management offers advice for extreme cold

The forecast for a combination of  cold temperatures and wind chills not seen in almost 20 years has not gone away. So here is some advice for dealing with the weather from Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department-Emergency Management: Health Risks – With these bitter temperatures, beware of hypothermia and frostbite. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin […]

Local hazardous substances handling guidelines announced

Lt. Gil Benn of Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department-Emergency Management made the following announcement recently regarding hazardous substances reporting: The federal government requires that, “Any facility (business, municipality, school, farm, etc.) that utilizes any of the 364 Extremely Hazardous Substances as listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) above certain quantities or any Hazardous Chemicals […]

Today is Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day

The following is a press release from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department-Division of Emergency Management: Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser has joined with Governor Walker in proclaiming June 13, 2013, as Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day. “People need to know that heat can kill so I want to take this time to remind residence of Kenosha […]

Local state of emergency declared for Kenosha County

A local state of emergency has been declared for Kenosha County, Jim Kreuser, county executive, has announced. The press release on the declaration says: Residents along low-lying areas of the Fox River are strongly urged to evacuate. The American Red Cross has established a temporary shelter for area residents at Christ Lutheran Church, 24929 75th St., Paddock […]

Statewide tornado drill cancelled for Thursday; will take place Friday

The following statement is from Wisconsin Emergency Management regarding Thursday’s scheduled tornado drill: Due to the chance for tornadoes in SE Wi on Thursday – the state of WI tornado drill has been postponed until Friday – April 19. A mock tornado watch will be issued at 1:00 p.m. and a statewide mock tornado warning will be issued […]

This is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week; drill set for Thursday

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Division of Emergency Management has released the following statement on Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, including information on a tornado drill to take place Thursday, April 18: Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately […]

Emergency Management to sponsor Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s Class

If you are interested in knowing more about severe weather, the Kenosha County Emergency Management has a class for you. From a statement released this week: Kenosha County Emergency Management will be sponsoring a basic and advanced FREE Severe Weather/Tornado Spotter’s Class. The basic class will be Tuesday, April 9th, and the advanced will be Tuesday, April […]

This is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department release the following statement regarding National Severe Weather Preparedness Week: The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Emergency Management and Wisconsin Emergency Management are proud to promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9, 2013. During this week we are asking everyone to “Be a Force of Nature” and prepare for severe weather […]

Salem firefighters appear on “Chicago Fire”

Kenosha County fans of “Chicago Fire” might see a couple of local faces if they watch with a careful eye. In addition to Bristol Firefighter Chris Klemko serving as an extra on the hit television show, Kerrie Neumann, Firefighter/EMT and Jim Coppleman, fulltime Firefighter/Paramedic, for the Town of Salem also served as extras. While it […]

This is Winter Awareness Week — already!

From the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department: Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has joined with Gov.  Scott Walker in proclaiming Nov. 5-9, 2012 as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. “The purpose of Winter Awareness Week is to get people thinking about and preparing for winter weather conditions that can threaten their safety,” Beth said. “Now is […]

Emergency Management to set-up center for storm issues

Kenosha County Emergency Management is setting up an Emergency Operations Center to deal with any storm related issues over the next couple of days. Problems most likely will be along the Lake Michigan shoreline as high winds as waves as high as 18 feet are expected. In Western Kenosha County, the forecast calls for conditions to be […]

Kenosha County Specialized Response Team prepares for disasters

Before the vacant house on Highway F in Salem finally goes to the place that all empty houses go, the Kenosha County Specialized Response Team used it as an arena to practice tactical rescue Saturday morning. The home, which is frequently utilized by the Town of Salem Fire Department for training, was the venue for […]

Tornado watches and warnings this afternoon starting at 1 p.m. part of test

The five National Weather Service offices that service Wisconsin will conduct a test of the tornado watch and warning codes today. A test tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. Test tornado warnings will be issued at 1:45 p.m., which should be followed by a sounding of the warning sirens. Both will expire at 2 […]

Kenosha County Emergency Management to offer free Tornado Spotter’s Class

Kenosha County Emergency Management will be sponsoring a combination Free Basic/ Advanced Tornado Spotter’s Class on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bristol Village Hall, 19801 83rd St., Bristol. Though the class is free, people need to register with Kenosha County Emergency Management at 262-605-7900 with your name, phone number (in case […]

Real winter weather requires awareness

With the seemingly certian arrival of real winter weather today in the form of significant snow accumulations, wind and cold it seemd like a good time to revisit some information distributed by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department back in November for Winter Awareness Week: “We all remember the Groundhog Day Blizzard from last February, storms […]

It’s time to build heat awareness

Did you realize that Thursday was Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day? Probably not, based on the temperatures that battled to reach 60 degrees. But remember earlier in the week when the heat index was pushing 100? believe it or not those temps will be back and the county wants you to know how to stay healthy […]

Warning siren use explained

Were you suprised by the sounding of the county’s outdoor warning sirens yesterday given that no tornado was being forecast? The Emergency Management division of the Sheriff’s Department has found itself explaining that a lot today. Here’s the explanation offered by Sgt. Bill Beth, KCSD public information officer. Outdoor warning sirens are activated for three […]

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Kenosha County until 9 p.m. Kenosha County Emergency Management is reporting that the storm is producing quarter sized hail and “hurricane force” winds. UPDATE 8:30 p.m. — Weather warning sirens can be heard in Paddock Lake. UPDATE 8:36 p.m. — Air very still in […]

Tornado Watch issued for county

At 2:05 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Kenosha County and 35 other Wisconsin counties. The watch is in effect until 10 p.m.

Emergency crews conducting drill

If at about 4:45 p.m. or so you are seeing a lot of emergency response from fire departments — especially heading in the direction of Highways 31 and A — it is likely related to a drill being conducted at Petrifying Springs County Park. The drill is a full-scale exercise that will test the ability of area […]

This is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 11 to 15 has been proclaimed Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, by Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and Gov. Scott Walker. During this time a statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 (Note: I’m checking on this to see whether this day or date is correct since Friday is April 15 Correct […]

County Emergency Management to host weather spotting classes

Kenosha County Emergency Management will sponsor Beginners and Advanced classes on Severe Weather/Tornado Spotting on April 4 and 28. “The classes are free and the public is highly encouraged to attend to learn more about severe weather, how it is formed and how it affects them. Law enforcement, fire, EMS, public works and amateur radio […]

Kenosha County municipalities eligible for blizzard cost assistance

The state has determined that  Kenosha County has exceeded the threshold needed for public assistance for the Ground Hog Day Blizzard, the county’s Emergency Management Office has announced. This determination means federal reimbursement could be made available to local governmental bodies — county, municipal, schools, some non-profits. As a result, FEMA has been asked to […]

Emergency management prepared for storm

Below is a summary of Kenosha County’s preparations for the expected inclement weather released by Kenosha County Emergency Management director Lt. Ed VanTine, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department: At this time we do not plan on having our EOC (Emergency Operations Center) open. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will have additional supervisors and deputies working on the road. They […]

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