Recent flooding and storms in Wisconsin are a reminder that disasters can happen suddenly and without warning. Those traveling during the upcoming Labor Day weekend should plan for the unexpected.
“Planning ahead is the key. The recent flooding has caused road closures in southern Wisconsin and the holiday weekend can mean extra traffic on roads and highways,” said Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula. “Make sure you plan extra time to reach your destination and pay attention to current travel conditions.”
For up-to-date information about traffic issues or road closures, visit www.511wi.gov. You can also download the free mobile app or follow @511WI on Twitter. Obey road closure signs and never drive through standing water.
Schedule your road trip at times that will allow you to avoid heavy traffic, such as leaving before rush hour Friday or early Saturday morning. If you are returning home Monday morning, get on the road before late afternoon or after 10 p.m. to reduce traffic hassles.
Include an emergency kit in your vehicle with items such as a first-aid kit, bottled water, and energy bars. Have a car charger for your cell phone, in case you need to call for help.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes on an average summer day.
If you are celebrating at home, remember to never leave a lit grill unattended and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. If you have been drinking, never get behind the wheel of a car.
For more safety tips, including how to build an emergency kit for your home and vehicles, visit ReadyWisconsin at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov. For daily safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/readywisconsin) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/readywisconsin).