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Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather

Milwaukee’s weather brings with it the threat of tornadoes, floods, severe storms, and extreme hot and cold temperatures. Use the information below to learn how to protect yourself and your family from the health and safety issues that may result from these threats.


Tornado information

 

Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family. During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects. After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety. For more information about what to do before, during, and after a tornado click here.


Flood information

 

Before the Flood

To learn some basic steps to prepare for a storm, including what to do if you are under a flood watch or warning, what emergency supplies you may need, and how to prepare for an evacuation, click here to review the CDC's Flood Readiness page.

After the Flood

When you and your family return to your home following a flood, certain precautions need to be taken in order to begin the clean-up process. Flood water damage can cause chemical leaks and spills, electrical hazards, and sanitation issues which pose communicable disease threats, as well as create an environment ideal for mold growth in your home. To educate yourself on these hazards and how to protect you and your family against them, click here.

Extreme Heat

 

Hot weather makes our bodies work harder just to get rid of the heat. When Milwaukee experiences two very hot days, joined with hot nights and high humidity, we have a dangerous heat wave that could potentially hurt a lot of people. Read the links below to educate yourself on how to stay safe in the heat:


Extreme Cold

 

Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Milwaukee residents are no strangers to major snowstorms or extremely cold temperatures. The impacts may include flooding, storm surge, blocked roads, downed power lines, power outages, and hypothermia. You can protect yourself and your household from the many hazards of winter by planning ahead. Click here to learn from FEMA and the American Red Cross what you can do before, during, and after a winter storm hits.