MADISON — It’s Winter Awareness Week. Do you know how to prepare for the season?

“Preparing for winter weather should begin before the snow is even on the ground,” said Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and homeland security advisor, in a news release. “Having an emergency supply kit in your home and vehicle could save your life or a neighbor’s life during a winter storm.”

Emergency kits should include items such as food, water, flashlight and batteries and blankets. Also include a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, and kitty litter or sand in your vehicle to help give your wheels traction on icy roads in case you get stuck.

Before you travel, check the latest traffic and road conditions. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or the mobile-friendly site

To help you and your family get ready for winter weather, visit, where you can find winter weather maps, along with tips on putting together emergency kits and winter driving.