Severe storms in the state earlier this week show an emergency can pop up at any time. Todd Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management is urging families to take a few minutes to talk about how they should respond when the worst happens.
Pritchard says “it doesn’t cost any money” and takes just a little bit of time to discuss what should be done if there was an emergency at home or in the community.
The agency has a form on its website to help with the discussion. Pritchard says it’s important to bring up issues such as what to do if a disaster stops you from getting home, so family members have an idea of how they would be able to stay in touch. Planning ahead for a long-term power outage can also be useful in the event of damage from a severe thunderstorm or blizzard.
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With the winter months coming up, Pritchard says it’s also a good time to make up emergency kits. Having items like non-perishable food, flashlights, and a wind-up radio can be useful in the event of a power outage or dangerous winter storm. He suggests making one for the car and one for home.