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Plan now for possible problems from major winter storm

MADISON (WKOW) -- A strong winter storm will affect much of Wisconsin starting Wednesday night and lasting through Thursday.

There are some things you need to do to prepare for the storm before it hits.

Head to the gas station and fill up your vehicle. The Dane County Sheriff's Department says it's a good rule to always maintain at least half a tank of gas. If you do get stranded you won't have to worry about running out of gas.

Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your car. Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, matches, first aid kit, booster cable, shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, extra clothing like hats, socks and mittens, a battery powered radio and extra batteries.

Try to keep your cell phone fully charged. Cold temperatures can run down the phone's battery charge more quickly.  Use a car charger to keep the phone's charge if you get stranded or stuck in traffic on icy or snowy roads.  Think about an extra battery as backup.

Make sure to have enough food in your home that can be stored and eaten without electricity, in case there is a power outage.

Tod Pritchard, from Wisconsin Emergency Management, says stock up on your medications today.

"Having some things in a home emergency kit, so food, water and extra supplies. If you have medications make sure you have enough medications to last you for a couple days in case you're stuck at home," Pritchard said.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department says if it's possible, try and stay home. Deputies will be working to make sure everyone is safe, but the fewer people on the road, the easier their job will be.

If you are stranded on the road, call 911 and do not leave your car. The car will provide shelter and it's easier for emergency responders to spot. Just make sure to have your emergency kit ready.

You should run the vehicle for short periods of time, but remember to crack a window for air circulation.  It's also a good idea to check the exhaust pipe on the vehicle to ensure it's not being blocked by snow.

To check the road conditions across Wisconsin, click here. You can also call 511 for more information.

Click here for more information about supplies you should stock up in your home.


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