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Kewaunee County Wisconsin
Winter Storms

Winter Storm Preparedness & Safety

Do you know what to do if you are trapped in the middle of a blizzard? 

If a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for your area, that means that hazardous winter weather conditions (such as snow greater than 6 inches in 12 hours) are expected in the next 12 to 36 hours. You should prepare for the worst now.

At Home or Work Make Sure You Have:
  • A working flashlight
  • A battery powered NOAA Weather Radio, radio, or TV
  • Extra food, water, medicine, and baby items
  • First aid supplies
  • Heating fuel (propane, kerosene, fuel oil, etc.)
  • Emergency heating source
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and a carbon monoxide detector
In Cars & Trucks:
  • Fully check and winterize your vehicle
  • Keep your gas tank near full
  • Try not to travel alone
  • Let a friend or relative know your timetable for travel
Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit:
  • Blankets/Sleeping Bags
  • Flashlight with Extra Batteries
  • Knife
  • High Calorie, Non-Perishable Food
  • Small Can & Water-Proof Matches to Melt Snow for Drinking Water
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Windshield Scraper
  • Tool Kit
  • Jumper Cables
  • Water Container
  • Compass
  • Road Maps
On the Farm:
  • Move animals to sheltered areas
  • Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas
  • Have a water supply available (most animal deaths in winter storms are from dehydration
If a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for your area, dangerous winter weather conditions are expected or are already occuring.

If Caught Outside:
Find a dry shelter. Cover all exposed parts of the body.

If Stranded in a Car or Truck:
  • Stay in your vehicle
  • Run the motor about ten minutes each hour
  • Open the windows a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked
  • Make yourself visible to rescuers
    • Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine
    • Tie a colored cloth to your antenna or door
    • Raise the hood after the snow stops falling
  • Exercise to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.
At Home:
  • Stay inside
If there is no heat:
  • Close off unneeded rooms
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors
  • Cover windows at night
Other Tips:
  • Eat and drink non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Food provides the body with energy and heat.
  • Fluids prevent dehydration.
  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, light-weight, warm clothing. 
Winter Storms & Extreme Cold