Are You Ready for Winter?

Wisconsin Winter is right around the corner. Governor Scott Walker has declared November 14-18, 2016 as Wisconsin’s Winter Awareness Week. The annual campaign, sponsored by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), and the National Weather Service (NWS), reminds us now is the time to get ready before the snow and cold hit.

Know before you go this winter season with the 511 Wisconsin Traveler Information System. By downloading the free 511 Wisconsin Smartphone app, following @511WI on Twitter, or visiting you can access these current statewide travel resources:

  • Travel times
  • Road conditions
  • Traffic delays
  • Incident alerts
  • Construction closures
  • Traffic cameras

511 Wisconsin is a 24/7 travel service provided through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


Carry a winter storm survival kit in the back seat of your vehicle (in case your trunk jams or is frozen shut) that includes:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid supplies
  • Booster cables
  • Cell phone adapter
  • Water 
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Extra gloves, hats, scarves and blankets

It is also important to check and winterize your vehicles before the winter season begins. Make sure your car's battery is in good shape – cold temperatures can reduce the effectiveness of a battery by 50 percent. Make sure your tires are suitable for winter driving conditions.

Some of the dangers associated with winter storms include loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies. To help protect your family, now is the time to put together a home disaster supply kit. Here are some items to include:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and water in case there is no power

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Emergence NOAA Weather Radio

  • Fire extinguisher

  • First-aid supplies

  • Plenty of food and water for pets

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