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Wisconsin Severe Weather Response Team


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What to do during a storm

  • Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations as civil defence authorities will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

  • Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.

  • Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.

  • Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.

  • If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house.

  • Avoid bathtubs, water taps, and sinks. Metal pipes and plumbing can conduct electricity if struck by lightning. Use your water from your emergency supplies.

  • Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

  • Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges. If power is lost unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored.

  • Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.

How to prepare before severe weather.

Information is written by our member Kaitlin Paulus

  • Basic preparing
    Create an emergency survival kit in your home and vehicle. Always Keep emergency supply of food and water and medicine in your home and car. Make a severe weather plan and evacuation plan, know where your safe places are is in case of sever weather, good idea to invest in a safe room if you can. Also know where you would go if you had to evacuate. Keep a first aid kit/trauma kit in your home/car and know how to use/administer first aid and basic trauma car. Update and Have copies of all important document, especial keep Insurances up-to-date and know what is cover in case of damage.

  • Preparing your home
    Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house during a storm, Clean gutters, drains and down pipes, Make sure your roof is in good shape, Secure all items that I likely to blow away, Cover and secure windows and doors, battle down your shutters if possible Don't park your vehicle under or near big object like trees, Keep your vehicle fueled up in case you have to leave.

  • Prepare for power outage,
    Having multiple power sources and having ways to charge those power sources in case you lose power for long periods of time, Unplug Electrical Appliances, turn Refrigerator and Freezer to The Coldest Setting, Locate your Water, Gas and Electricity Shut Offs, and Fill sinks, tubs and buckets with water.

Wisconsin Severe Weather Response Team