Waukesha County Emergency Management Coordinator Kathy Schwei is asking residents to create an emergency supply kit this month. September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide effort sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security to encourage Americans to do simple things to prepare themselves in the event of a disaster or emergency.
“It is crucial for individuals to know the importance of preparing for a disaster before the event occurs,” says Schwei. “Creating a kit is one of the best things you can do to prepare you and your family for sustaining yourselves during a crisis until help arrives.”
Information for creating a kit can be found at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/kit/GetKit.asp
Several counties in Wisconsin declared emergencies in 2017 from tornado and flooding events. Waukesha County residents can find out what hazards may affect their home, workplace, or schools online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement. A County-wide Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan is posted online and is updated annually by the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management. The website also includes hazard specific information to help residents be more prepared.
About the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management
The Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management (WCEM) is a division of Waukesha County’s Department of Emergency Preparedness. WCEM provides a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program designed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and technological hazards which potentially impact the welfare, safety and health of all Waukesha County citizens.
For more information, head to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement