Williamson County Emergency Medical Services paramedics are responding to an influx of service calls related to emergencies caused by the current weather conditions.
On Sunday, February 14, EMS received about 101 calls for service, of which 44 were related to injuries due to falls. That is more than three times the amount of calls EMS responded to the prior 24-hours for fall-related injuries. On Saturday, February 13, EMS received 12 calls regarding a person falling and injuring themselves.
The County urges its residents to try to prevent this type of emergency by staying inside their home. The snow may encourage some people to step outside into the elements; however, many surfaces are slick and could lead to dangerous and even deadly falls.
“Although our paramedics are prepared to respond to all calls, we ask that our residents do their part right now to avoid any potential hazard,” said Williamson County EMS Director Mike Knipstein. “Preventing a fall by staying indoors allows our field paramedics to continue working around the clock to answer serious and life-threatening emergencies.”
Field paramedics also are seeing an uptick in calls regarding people who require oxygen and are concerned that their supply is running low. EMS is aware of this dire need and advises its residents impacted to contact their provider for further assistance and consider utilizing the minimum amount of oxygen to prolong supply.
EMS remains fully staffed with 18 ambulances, three commanders, and one squad. Despite the treacherous road conditions, field paramedics are out assisting residents in need. Please keep in mind, that due to the influx of calls response times may be longer than usual. There are some impassable roads that ambulances may be unable to get to. Residents are asked to call 9-1-1 only if they are experiencing an emergency.
Williamson County is in close contact with power companies and staying informed on power outages affecting its residents. Residents should stay off the roads, check on their neighbors, and remain weather vigilant.
For details on road conditions throughout the state, visit www.drivetexas.org.