We dodged a bullet, for now, so get ready.
Millions are scrambling without power on the east coast after a rare October snowstorm brought more than two feet of snowfall in some areas. Wisconsin Emergency Management‘s Tod Pritchard says now is the time for the rest of us to make a plan for the inevitable. “When you’re in the middle of the storm is the worst time to think about how to get ready for the storm because you’re already too late.”
Pritchard says you should have an emergency kit with nonperishable food, water, batteries, flashlight, and other necessary items so you don’t have to drive on the snow-covered, icy roads. On average, 60 people are killed and 6,000 injured on Wisconsin roads each winter.
Pritchard says, stay home, stay safe and stay warm. “The biggest thing we want to urge folks is that if you do use some sort of alternative heating source to make sure it’s meant to be used the way you’re using it; if you’re using some alternative heating source inside, make sure it’s for indoor use only.”
Carbon monoxide can rise to deadly levels indoors with the misuse of alternative heating units. It’s also a good idea to make note of names and locations of emergency shelters you might need to keep warm, and think about friends and family who might be able to offer a warm place to stay.
In addition to an emergency kit and an alternative heat source, communication is vital. Pritchard says a battery-powered or crank radio is a great tool to keep you informed during emergency situations. Visit ReadyWisconsin for more preparedness tips.
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