Time for New Year’s resolutions. You might want to loose a few pounds, quit smoking, attack your to-do list, or how about resolving to get your family prepared for an emergency?
Tod Pritchard of Wisconsin Emergency Management has a few suggestions for you. “Put a family emergency plan together, put emergency kits together for your home and for your car, and then just dedicate yourself to being informed about what emergencies we need to prepare for in Wisconsin.”
Pritchard says state and federal officials are trying to get people to think about emergency planning before the emergency strikes. He says first responders might not be able to help you immediately. Just a little preparation can make the difference between your comfort and inconvenience during emergencies.
Like any new year’s resolution, Pritchard says people want something that’s doable. “We’re trying to make it super simple. You can go to our website for some great ideas on how to put an emergency plan together.”
The website offers tips for putting together an emergency kit for both the car and the home; tips on how to stay informed about emergencies; what you can do in your community; and getting financially prepared. Pritchard says preparedness is a shared responsibility. The online quiz at Ready Wisconsin makes it easy.