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Preparing for an emergency
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MONROE - September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and Green County Emergency Management is encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to get ready for anything unexpected.

Individuals and families need to be self-reliant and prepared for days without utilities, such as electricity, water and phone service; availability of local businesses, such as gas stations and supermarkets; and other needed supplies. There should be enough supplies for everyone in a family to last for at least three days.

Preparing can start with three important steps:

• Make a plan for what to do in an emergency

• Get an emergency supply kit

• Be informed about emergencies that could happen in the community

Green County Emergency Management teamed up with the Green County Health Department and Monroe Clinic to provide informative displays and various brochures to help plan and prepare for emergencies. During the month of September, displays will be throughout Green County at all libraries, St. Vincent de Paul, GreenCo, Monroe Senior Center and the Green County Public Health Department. Brochures and more information are also available by contacting Green County Emergency Management at 608-328-9416.

Ready Wisconsin is another source to help with emergency planning, such as how to make an emergency supply kit on a budget, tips for creating an emergency plan, and commonly asked questions and answers about preparedness. For more information, visit

The free communication service, NIXLE, allows users to receive emergency information, such as road closures, on their cell phone and email from agencies, such as the Green County Sheriff, Emergency Management and Health Departments. To register, visit