Local County Emergency Management Departments are reminding Northwoods residents to prepare for the upcoming winter season.
Governor Scott Walker has declared this week as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The annual campaign; sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), the ReadyWisconsin preparedness program and the National Weather Service; is to remind people to be prepared for winter conditions that could threaten their safety.
Tod Pritchard, an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator says, “The number one thing to do: make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your car – it could save your life.” In the last five years Wisconsin has averaged 56,000 motor vehicle crashes during winter months.
Wisconsin residents are also encouraged to sign up for a chance to win a winter survival kit on the ReadyWisconsin website:readywisconsin.wi.gov.
Now is the time to winterize your car and home, gather items for an emergency kit in your car, and make sure you have a radio with fresh batteries.
Ready Wisconsin has more information, plus numerous winter storm maps and a history of Wisconsin’s winter weather on their website.