Emergency management, also called emergency response or disaster management, is the organization and management of the resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies. The aim is to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of all hazards, including disasters. In Fox Point, the responsibility for hazard mitigation is the responsibility of each department head, with the Police Chief serving as the Emergency Manager.
Staff participate in on-going training and evaluate community hazards on an annual basis, along with continuous review of our preparedness plans in the event of a natural disaster. In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, Fox Point personnel will work cooperatively with the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management and Wisconsin Emergency Management.
A natural disaster will immediately overwhelm the community resources and require staff to utilize our planning and training. As a resident, you can prepare for an emergency by following some of the guidelines shared below.
The Fox Point Police Department and the North Shore Fire Department provide services to the community in the event of a power line down from the pole or a transformer arching/sparking. The police department does not have access to any information related to power outages or expected time to re-energizing a neighborhood. In the event of a power outage, are you prepared?
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The Village of Fox Point outdoor warning siren is located behind the village hall and works in conjunction with all of Milwaukee County to alert residents in the event of emergency.
Warning sirens are tested at 12 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month , weather permitting.
The sirens are often activated based on information from the National Weather Service. The sirens will only be activated for a tornado warning, not a watch. A warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted, or that Doppler radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation which can spawn a tornado.
It is possible residents may not hear the sirens while inside their homes. Residents are urged to monitor television and radio reports during severe weather situations, as well as activate emergency alerts on their wireless devices.
In Wisconsin, severe weather can occur at any time and it is important be alert to changing weather conditions. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are most likely to occur in the late afternoon or early evening hours, from March through October. Residents are urged to have an emergency supply kit and a communication plan in advance of weather emergencies.
Fox Point joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in recommending that all residents Be Ready by taking the following three steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency:
- Put together an emergency supply kit
This kit should include the basics such as water, non-perishable food, battery powers lights and radios with extra batteries and a first aid kit. Be sure to also consider items to accommodate family members’ special needs such as prescription medications, infant formula, pet food, important family documents, etc.
- Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency
Sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency: Determine a neighborhood meeting place, identify an out-of-town emergency contact, inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: employers, daycare providers, schools, etc.
- Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together
In the event of an emergency, you will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
What is Hands-Only CPR?
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting (such as at home, at work, or in a park). It consists of 2 easy steps:
- Call 911
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest
When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hand up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details such as your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you are calling from a mobile phone that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher's questions will not delay the arrival of help.
For more information on Hands-Only CPR, please visit the American Heart Association's Hands-Only CPR Website.
Milwaukee County Hands-Only CPR Initiative
All 13 of the Milwaukee County fire departments are excited to introduce the Milwaukee County Hands-Only CPR Initiative which is provided in conjunction with;
- Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services Division (MCEMS)
- Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin,
- Aurora Healthcare
- Milwaukee Admirals
- Hunger Task Force
Bystander-CPR rates in Milwaukee County hover around 20%. This means that a patient in cardiac arrest in Milwaukee County currently has about a 1 in 5 chance of having someone step in to offer CPR prior to the arrival of first responders. We think we can do much better! Therefore, the community partners named above have begun implementation of a program designed to capture as many people as possible at sporting events, health fairs, and community festivals, which will provide 10 to 20 minute training in Hands-Only CPR. Similar Hands-Only CPR initiatives in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area have seen bystander CPR rates increase from about 30% to more than 75% one-year following implementation.
Studies have found that many bystanders report they are hesitant to react in an emergency because they feel they are not properly trained, or they are afraid to provide mouth-to-mouth breaths. The American Heart Association's research has shown that the heart usually has about 10 minutes of residual oxygen in the blood and that providing early chest compressions along with early access to an automatic external defibrillator (AED) provides the best chance for survival in a sudden cardiac emergency.
These Hands-Only CPR training's are FREE; however, they are not a certification course. To find out more information on Hands-Only CPR and how to check out a training bin which includes a locally-produced training DVD, training manikin, and an automated external defibrillator (AED) trainer, please contact North Shore Fire Department Director of Community Relations. Contact information can be found on their website; North Shore Fire/Rescue
***Content courtesy of the Milwaukee Fire Department, North Shore Fire Department, and the American Heart Association.