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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2024                                                                          

Milwaukee Health Department Urges Residents to Prioritize Cold Weather Health and Safety

MILWAUKEE – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning starting Friday, January 12, 3:00 a.m. through Saturday, January 13, 12:00 p.m. As snow continues to fall and temperatures plunge below freezing, the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) urges residents to take proactive measures to ensure their safety and well-being.

MHD clinics will remain open and operational, as weather permits. MHD will continue to monitor weather conditions and make updates as necessary. Any early closures will be communicated promptly. 

Staying prepared ahead of cold weather is paramount for personal safety. Residents are advised to limit outdoor activities during extreme cold spells and to wear appropriate warm clothing that covers exposed skin, including fingers, nose, and ears.

Staying aware of symptoms for frostbite and hypothermia is crucial. Frostbite can occur within minutes, causing affected areas to appear white or grayish-yellow and feel firm or waxy. Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition characterized by low body temperature, leading to shivering, drowsiness, clumsiness, and confusion. Immediate medical attention is necessary for both conditions.

Residents are encouraged to check on family members, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk for injuries or illness, especially the elderly and those with specific medical conditions. Additionally, limit the time children and pets spend outdoors during extreme cold weather.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, contact a medical provider immediately. In case of a health emergency, dial 911.

Individuals in need of public spaces and shelters to stay warm during the day or overnight can consult 211’s list of locations or simply dial 211.

In preparation for inclement weather, Milwaukee residents are encouraged to be prepared, be safe, and stay informed. More information on best practices can be found at milwaukee.gov/coldweathersafety

More information on winter weather safety, including snow removal information from the Milwaukee Department of Public Works, is available at Milwaukee.gov/ColdWeather.

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