Oneida County warming centers available during expected extreme cold
The National Weather Service is predicting dangerously cold wind chills tonight into the weekend. Dangerous cold by Friday morning, Jan. 25, with wind chills of -25 to -40 degrees. Be sure to prepare and dress appropriately for the cold temperatures.
Oneida County County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management Department and Public Health Departments have identified the following facilities that are open for business 24-hours a day/7 days a week in the event, citizens need to seek warmth from the bitter cold.
Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Emergency Department Lobby, 2251 North Shore Drive
Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2121 Lincoln St.
Trig’s Mall-Seating in Mall Area, 9750 Hwy 70 West HOURS: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wal-Mart Supercenter , 8760 Northridge Way, Minocqua
Howard Young Medical Center, Emergency Department Lobby, 240 Maple St., Woodruff
When going outside, alert others of the destination and expected return time. Carry a charged cell phone if possible and watch for slippery conditions.
With these bitter temperatures, beware of hypothermia and frostbite.
Frostbite: can occur on exposed skin in less than 10 minutes. Symptoms include a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, ear tips and tip of the nose. Limit time outside.
Signs of hypothermia: include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults and children. In infants, symptoms can include bright red or cold skin and very low energy.
Carbon Monoxide Danger: Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. Breathing carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood and can cause death within minutes at high levels. Symptoms of overexposure to carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu which includes: headaches, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath/chest pain, nausea/vomiting, and confusion. If experience any of these symptoms, or if a carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm, head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.
If any of the above signs appear, seek medical care immediately.
Pet/Livestock Precautions: Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries. It is recommended to bring pets indoors during this bitter weather. Harsh conditions weaken livestock immune systems and open the door to illness. Calves and swine are especially susceptible to cold. Make sure animals have a place to get out of the wind, even if it is just a windbreak or a three-sided shelter. Also provide dry bedding to protect them from frostbite. Additional feeding may be necessary as well as providing access to fresh water – not frozen streams or snow.
On the road: If traveling make sure to have a winter emergency kit including: candles, matches, flashlight, pocket knife, snacks, cell phone adapter, a blanket and extra clothing. Also, check with 511 WI for road conditions.