Wisconsin Emergency Management’s Tod Pritchard says the biggest thing officials want to hammer home is the importance of having an emergency supply kit in your cars and home, “It could save your life,” he says. “You may have to be in your home for a day or two before you could really get out. Or, if you’re in a vehicle you might get in a situation where the roads become impassable or you get stuck in a ditch, you have an accident.”
Winter is right around the corner. Now is the time to winterize your car and home, gather items for an emergency kit, and make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio with fresh batteries.
Pritchard says it’s good to have some basic supplies like food and water — make sure it’s nonperishable food that you don’t have to heat to prepare, “because you may not have power.” Pritchard says a little planning now can help save you and your family when you least expect it. “So, having some basic supplies — enough food and water — you need to think about food that you don’t have to cool to store or heat to prepare because you might not have power.”
Governor Scott Walker has declared November 4-8, 2013 as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), its ReadyWisconsin preparedness program and NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), is to remind people to be prepared for winter conditions that could threaten their safety. Additional winter weather tips and how to put together a winter emergency kit are available at the ReadyWisconsin website.
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