Wis. Asks Residents to Prepare Ahead of Winter Weather

Posted at: 10/31/2012 10:49 AM
Updated at: 10/31/2012 11:33 AM

nullAre you ready for winter? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is declaring the first full week in November, as Winter Awareness Week.

The annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management reminds people to be prepared for winter conditions that could threaten their safety.

According to Tod Pritchard, Wisconsin Emergency Management's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, "the number one thing to do is make sure you have an emergency supply kit in your car. It could save your life."

Television and radio public service announcements will be airing in November, according to a news release, urging viewers and listeners to keep one of those emergency kits in their vehicles.

If you don't have one, you can sign up for a chance to win a winter survival kit here.

The news release says winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. For example, in the last five years Wisconsin has averaged 56,000 motor vehicle crashes during winter months. An average of 55 people are killed and 6,000 injured on icy or snow-covered road.