EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (EAU CLAIRE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- With the first blast of sub-zero weather coming to our area this weekend, Eau Claire County Emergency Management reminds citizens to be prepared for this serious weather pattern, and to take steps beforehand to protect their well-being and that of their family. With weekend lows well below zero, and daytime highs not much above zero, we urge citizens to be aware of the serious nature this weather pattern presents and take appropriate action to prepare.
Prolonged exposure to such extreme conditions can cause serious injury and or death. Those within our community whom are especially susceptible should take every effort to avoid even minimal exposure; while all of those within our community should attempt to minimize exposure to outdoor conditions. Citizens are reminded to dress in layers, minimize outdoor time and check on neighbors, friends and family susceptible to cold weather injury.
People traveling should have an emergency kit with the ability to provide heat and travel with a fully charged cellular phone. Pets should be kept indoors or provided with supplemental heating sources during times of extreme cold; and children should have outdoor time significantly limited while being closely monitored.
Citizens are also reminded that while temperatures are well below freezing, lakes and ponds may not be fully frozen enough to support an adult. Ice is not safe to be walked across until a full four inches of ice has formed; additionally ice thickness should be checked at multiple locations in any body of water.