Dodge County Emergency Management Director Talks Preparedness Kits

(Juneau) Dodge County Emergency Management officials are asking residents to review their emergency plans. It is part of a statewide initiative led by ReadyWisconsin in conjunction with this past weekend’s Daylight Savings Time change. The county’s Emergency Management Director Joe Meagher says taking steps now can help ensure the supplies you need are ready during severe weather or an emergency.

He says “we work better” when discussing the plan beforehand and makes it easier if it has to be enacted.

Meagher says people must remember the ‘four P’s’ when preparing their emergency kit. They include pills, purses, paperwork, and pets. He adds that pet owners should put a little more thought into what they plan to do with their animal in the case of an emergency.

“Often times when we displaces pets…they’re not in their element,” says Meagher. “They’re something you have to look out for and if you got that plan set up…it just makes it a lot easier.”

Meagher says getting a weather radio is still something he recommends in this internet age.

“Weather radios are still readily available at local electronic stores…this is a tone that’s sent out by the weather services to notify [the public] of severe weather events,” says Meagher.

Meagher also reminds the public that there is an opportunity Wednesday night to receive weather safety training. Organized by the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the course will teach participants how to be severe weather aware.

The training is being held at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. It is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.