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Winter Looms Over the Coulee Region – Prepare For it Now

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Considering the seasonably mild weather we've had lately, it's hard to believe sub-zero wind chills are in the forecast later this week

Keith Butler, Coordinator of La Crosse County Emergency Management, said every year people get into trouble because they aren't prepared for the winter season.

"We haven't been hit by a lot of heavy snow or cold weather so far, but it's coming," said Butler. "It's probably coming this weekend, at least the frigid cold weather. So, this is the time of the year where you get out the things that you sort of put away since last spring, make sure that things are taken care of."

Butler said most people have a pretty good idea of how to prepare for winter weather. But it often takes a big weather event to get them moving. And by then it could be too late.

"Especially if you're stuck in a ditch someplace, you just can't go to a store," said Butler. "You have to have that snow shovel, that kitty litter for traction, you have to have those energy bars to sustain you and those kind of things. So take care of business now."

Butler suggests putting together an emergency kit for your car and your home.

"Certainly food, water on hand, just in case if you get power outages that go on for a couple of days, you want to make sure that's taken care of," said Butler. "And then, for your car, what do you need if you're in the ditch for a couple of days or even for a few hours. How are you going to take care of that?"

Besides emergency food rations, your disaster kit should include a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, weather radio, duct tape, necessary medications, and other essential supplies.

For a complete list of recommended supplies in your home or car disaster kit you can visit the American Red Cross Website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit or Ready.gov at http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit

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