Waukesha County asking residents to create emergency supply kits for National Preparedness Month

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Waukesha County Department of Emergency Management is asking residents to create emergency supply kits in the month of September.

September is National Preparedness Month and as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, Americans are being encouraged to do simple things to make sure they’re ready in case of a disaster or emergency.

 Several counties in Wisconsin declared emergencies in 2017 from natural disasters including tornadoes and flooding.

To create a kit, officials say we should think about the basics of survival including fresh water, food, safety, warmth, sanitation and clean air. For a full list of what to include in your kit, please click here.   A checklist has also been attached to this story.

Residents in Waukesha County can also find out what hazards may affect their home, work, or schools by going to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement. A county-wide pre-disaster hazard mitigation plan is also posted online and updated every year to help residents be more prepared.

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