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Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin

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Emergency management leaders say winter storms are considered deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to storms.

Traffic accidents on snow-covered or icy roads, exposure to the cold and indoor poisoning from carbon monoxide are some examples. 

To help people prepare for the change in weather Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared November 4-8 Winter Awareness Week.

Steve Hagman, Marathon County Emergency Government Director says now is the time to winterize your car and home.

"You should make sure you have a emergency kit in your car. You need blanket or sleeping bags, non-perishable foods,  a flashlight with batteries, booster cables and a cell phone adapter are essentials. You can also have cat litter for traction and a shovel, " said Hagman.

When it comes to your home Hagman says winter storms can knock out power. He suggests that you have enough food, water and medications on-hand to last at least 72-hours.

Hagman says you should also check emergency heating sources for proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

For tips on making an emergency kit or other tips to get ready for winter check out this link:  readywisconsin.wi.gov

 

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