Emergency Management to open operations center for storm problems

Kenosha County Emergency Management is setting up an Emergency Operations Center to deal with any storm-related issues over the next couple of days.

Problems most likely will be near the Lake Michigan shoreline as high winds and waves as high as 18 feet are expected.

Here’s the press release:

“The Division of Emergency Management of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is announcing the opening of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6 am on Tuesday, October 30th.  The EOC will be open in order to address any issues that arise due to the high winds expected in Kenosha County and the dangerously high waves expected along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said, “The EOC will be open so that Emergency Management can meet the needs of our citizens along Lake Michigan and anywhere else in the county where the windy conditions become an issue.”

Representatives of the Town of Somers, City of Kenosha, and the Village of Pleasant Prairie will be in the EOC along with regular emergency management staff.  Six workers from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s Work Crew program have been dispatched to the Village of Pleasant Prairie Public Works Department in order to assist in filling sandbags.  “We are glad that our Work Crew Program can assist Pleasant Prairie in protecting citizens’ property that might be threatened,” Sheriff Beth said.   These provisions are being made due to the Special Marine Weather forecast from the National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan regarding Hurricane Sandy pushing westward bringing strong north winds to Lake Michigan.  Winds gusting to between 45 and 60 mph are expected with dangerously high waves of 14 to 18 feet anticipated.   Any emergency needs can be directed to the EOC by calling 9-1-1 if emergency response is needed, or calling the EOC directly at 605-7900 for other types of assistance related to expected conditions.”

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