Considering the warm temperatures we're experiencing, you might not exactly be thinking about winter, but perhaps you should.
Soon enough, the thought of shivering to the bone will make you put off doing things that should be done before winter gets here. Lori Getter, Wisconsin Emergency Management , says now's a good time to take advantage of the warmer temps and get it done.
"Take a few minutes to make sure your car and home are ready for winter."
Getter says firstly, you should winterize your vehicle, by getting the fluids and tires checked. In addition to vehicle maintenance, Getter says it's important to have some key items in your trunk … just in case. Sand or kitty litter add weight and can be used for traction, keep a shovel, first aid kit, blanket, flashlight, and non-parishable food in your trunk. As for the home, Getter says power outages are usually short-lived, but it's a good idea to have some items in your home, standing by.
"Have a flashlight with batteries, have a NOAA weather radio so you're able to keep track of the weather and any other emergency information, nonparishable food – have it handy, just some simple items just so in the event that there is a snow storm you have some items to help your family."
If you're already prepared from previous years, just check on the batteries and replenish food and first aid items if necessary. Getter says it's also important to get your furnace checked and make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector. This week is Winter Awareness Week.