We live in a county and state where we get to experience the change of seasons every 3 - 4 months. Every season brings unique ways to be better prepared for the unexpected. We encourage you to think about having plans in place for the "just in case" times. Does your home have a household emergency kit? Have you secured your important family documents in a safe place? As we transition from autumn to winter it is a great time to review with all the drivers in your household basic driver winter safety.
If an emergency strikes and you call 9-1-1, please have the information needed for the Dispatchers to send help to you.
Winter in Wisconsin
According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin experiences an average of 3-6 winter storms per season. During the winter of 2021 - 2022 the largest one-day snowfall in the state was 20 inches and the coldest temperature recorded -34 degrees.
Ice and snow on the roads remain a major threat to drivers. The Wisconsin Department Transportation reported the state averages 42 fatalities and 3,884 injuries each year from vehicle crashes caused by winter road conditions. Drive distraction-free, adjust your speed for current conditions, and don’t crowd the plow.
Advisory vs Warning?
The National Weather Service not only provides us with Winter Watches, Advisories and Warnings, they have great information on being prepared for winter. Stay safe and informed by checking trusted local radio and tv stations for current and forecasted weather.
Why does wind make it feel colder than it actually is during winter? Wind pushes away from you the heat your body radiates. This can cause your body to lose heat much quicker and risk hypothermia. Bundle up!
Protect Your Pets
Winter weather can be hard on our pets. They should be brought inside when the temperature reaches 30 degrees with wind chill. They can get frost-bitten ears, nose and feet if left outside during the bitter cold weather. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can also irritate pets’ paws. Be aware of your furry family members extra needs during cold weather. They can't just put on an extra layer.
Prep Your Home and Vehicles
Winter Weather Awareness Week gives us a great opportunity to be prepared for the upcoming winter months. We encourage all of you to find time to talk with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors about how are they preparing for these winter months.
Winter preparation for our homes and autos is a great way to be prepared for the unexpected.
If you are traveling, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is a great source for current road conditions.Wisconsin 511 website provides alerts, winter driving conditions and the option to view the cameras along the interstate. You can also download the 511 app for free.