Are you ready for Wisconsin winter? As the seasons change rapidly, thinking ahead about what the long winter months have in store is a must. Make sure you are prepared by planning in advance, before the snow flies. To prevent potentially dangerous situations, make sure your home and car are winter-ready!
Be in the S-KNOW!
• Winter Storm Watch: A winter storm is possible in the area. Tune in to a radio, television, or check online for more information.
• Winter Storm Warning: A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur.
• Blizzard Warning: Winds up to 35mph or greater and large amounts of falling or blowing snow are expected for three or more hours.
• Frostbite: Damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold. A wind chill of -20 degrees Fahrenheit could cause frostbite in just 15 minutes or less. If a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance develop on extremities (fingers, toes, ears, nose), seek medical care immediately!
• Hypothermia: A condition that develops when body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, slurred speech, and drowsiness. Seek medical attention immediately!
Preparing Your Home
• Prepare for possible isolation in your home. Be sure to have extra heating fuel, food, and water.
• Have fire extinguishers easily accessible and ensure everyone in the home knows how to use them.
• Learn how to shut off your water valves (in the case of a pipe bursting).
• Talk to your friends and neighbors about how you can help them in case of a snow emergency or how they can help you.
Preparing Your Car
When making your winter car kit, here are some items to include:
• Shovel and windshield scraper
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Water and snacks
• Matches and pocket knife
• Blankets, hats, socks, and mittens
• First aid kit
• Booster cables and tow chain/rope
• Sand or kitty litter (to help tires get traction on snow/ice)
• Emergency flares
• Fluorescent distress flag
Dressing for the Weather
• Wear several layers of loose fitting, warm clothing as opposed to one heavy layer of clothing. Outer garments should be water repellent.
• Wear a hat and mittens (instead of gloves as mittens are warmer).
• Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from the cold.
This winter, make sure you’re ready! For more information on how you and your loved ones can be ready for the snow, or any type of natural disaster, visit readywisconsin.wi.gov.