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Gov. declares state of emergency due to propane shortage

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in response to a propane shortage, a head of the anticipated freezing temperatures

In Wisconsin about 250,000 residents use propane to heat their home or business. The shortage is caused in part by this winter's unusually cold temperatures and the temporary closure of a major pipeline that delivers propane to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

The Governor directed state agencies to be ready to assist. A statement issued by the Governor's office also gave recommendations of what citizens can do.

  1. Call the non-emergency number of your local sheriff's department if you need the location of a local warming shelter or other local resources.  As always, call 911 for an emergency.

  1. Check on friends, neighbors. and loved ones to ensure everyone has a warm place to stay. 

  2. Call toll-free1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) for information about where you can purchase propane in your area, or to apply for assistance towards your propane heating bill. 

    You can also visit www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov about where to apply for heating assistance through the WHEAP program.  Your local agency will determine eligibility for heating benefits based upon your household income, size, and the home's heating costs.  If you are eligible, the WHEAP program will make a payment directly to your fuel supplier towards the cost of your propane.  These benefits are available through May 15, 2014.  Your local agency will also determine if you are eligible for Crisis Benefits.

  3. If you go to a local warming shelter, turn off the water in your home and drain your pipes to ensure they pipes do not freeze in your absence.  If you are hesitant to use a shelter because you are afraid to leave a pet behind, please call your local warming shelter/human services agency as many warming shelters also offer pet shelter when an individual or family utilizes the shelter.

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