Milwaukee urges residents to be safe in bitter cold

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) remind residents to take precautions as life-threatening cold temperatures and wind chills move into the area Sunday.

During this time city residents can be assured that all essential and emergency services will be operating, including snow and ice removal as well as the City Call Center. All non-essential city services will be officially closed, including garbage and recycling services and City of Milwaukee Health Department health center locations.

To remain safe during extreme cold weather, the MHD offers these cold-weather tips:

    During cold weather, check on family members and neighbors who may be at risk for illness or injuries, especially young children, the elderly, and those with certain medical conditions.

    For questions about city services, residents are advised to call 414-286-CITY. For non-emergency assistance, call 211. For more safety tips, visit