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 also have snowmobiles available to be called out should they be needed.
  • Kenosha County Highway Department will implement their snow emergency plan and have all normal plowing equipment out on the road. They are also prepping all the heavy equipment (road graders and heavy six wheel wing plows) should they be needed. They will be staffed to work 24 hours and they will maintain their normal six plows on I94.
  • Kenosha Police Department has called a full city snow emergency starting at 6 p.m. and they will call in additional staff as needed.
  • Kenosha Street Department has all equipment ready to go and they have full staff ready to work for 48 hours if necessary.
  • Kenosha Fire Department enacted an emergency plan to maximize medical units and they will use pathfinder engines to ensure the med units do not get stuck in the snow.
  • Kenosha County Fire Departments will maintain staff in the firehouses.
  • The Wisconsin State Patrol will have their normal staff working.
  • The Red Cross is prepared to open shelters if needed.
  • Hotels along I-94 have ample rooms available at this time for stranded motorists.
  • We have a hot line phone number for the Kenosha County Snowmobile Alliance if we need to utilize them.
  • Kenosha County Joint Services Dispatch Center will call in or hold over additional staff as needed.

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