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“Get an emergency kit in your car. It could save your life”
annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM),
Walworth County emergency Management, its ReadyWisconsin
preparedness program and NOAA’s
National Weather Service (NWS), is to remind people to be prepared
for winter conditions that could threaten their safety.
“The number one thing to do: make sure you have an emergency
supply kit in your car – it could save your life,” says Brian
Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator
Surviving Winter Tips Link
storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are
indirectly related to the storm.
For example, in the last five years Wisconsin has averaged
18,000 motor vehicle crashes during winter months. On average, 45
people are killed each year and more than 4700 injured on icy or
monoxide poisoning is also a danger.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental
poisoning deaths in the United States, with more than 20,000 people
visiting the emergency room and nearly 500 killed each year from
overexposure to the gas.
Now is the time to winterize your car and home, gather items
for an emergency kit in your car, and make sure you have a NOAA
Weather Radio with fresh batteries. Additional winter weather tips
and how to put together a winter emergency kit are available at the
ReadyWisconsin website. Residents also can sign up for a chance to
win an emergency winter kit. The
web address is readywisconsin.wi.gov.
In addition, there are numerous winter storm maps and a
history of Wisconsin's winter weather produced by the National
For more informtion on Winter Kits, and other
important informtion visit