Toolkits for Health Professionals

Comprehensive toolkits are being created to provide information to local governments, local health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin about preparing for and responding to different weather related emergencies. These toolkits focus on providing background information, practical guidance, strategies, media releases, talking points, definitions, and useful reference materials.

Extreme Heat

Wisconsin Extreme Heat Toolkit P-00632 (PDF, 735 KB): Provides general information and guidance for extreme heat-related events including:

  • Definitions of different heat alerts
  • Information about heat illness and symptoms
  • Extreme heat tips
  • Populations vulnerable to heat
  • Long term preparation checklists
  • Imminent heat event checklist
  • Response checklist
  • Talking points
  • Message maps


Wisconsin Flood Toolkit P-00631 (PDF, 2.4 MB): Provides general information and guidance on flood events including:

  • Flood preparedness
  • Disinfecting your well and water system
  • Tips for re-entering your home after a flood
  • What to do with food after a flood
  • Using bleach after an emergency
  • Cleaning mold
  • Talking points
  • Message maps

Winter Weather

Wisconsin Winter Weather Toolkit P-00652 (PDF, 2.4 MB): Provides general information and guidance for winter weather events and recovery including:

  • Winter weather alerts
  • Cold-related health effects
  • Winter weather preparation
  • Indoor safety
  • Power outages
  • Populations vulnerable to winter weather
  • Outdoor safety
  • Safe travel in winter storms
  • Talking points
  • Message maps


 Wisconsin Wildfire Toolkit P-00666 (PDF, 1.0 MB): Provides information and guidance about preparing for and responding to wildfire events including:

  • National Fire Danger Rating System
  • Burning safety
  • Wildfire preparation
  • Preparing for an evacuation
  • Surviving a wildfire if you are unable to evacuate
  • After a wildfire
  • Talking points
  • Message maps

Chemical Release

Wisconsin Chemical Release Toolkit P-00734 (PDF, 2.0 MB): Provides general information and guidance for chemical releases including:

  • Who to contact during a chemical release
  • Sheltering in place
  • Evacuation information
  • What to do if you are outside during a chemical release
  • Common chemical release information on:
    • Ammonia
    • Natural gas
    • Hydrochloric acid
    • Chlorine
  • Talking points
  • Message Maps

Harmful Algal Blooms

Wisconsin Harmful Algal Bloom Toolkit P-00853 (PDF,2.0 MB): Provides general information and guidance for harmful algal blooms including: 

  • Human exposure and symptoms
  • Guidance levels
  • Drinking water and recreational safety information
  • Pet safety information
  • Veterinary reference card
  • Do's and Don'ts of Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Talking points
  • Message maps


Wisconsin Drought Toolkit P-00884 (PDF, 1.3 MB): Provides general information and guidance for drought events and recovery including:

  • Measuring drought
  • Categories of drought severity
  • Health symptoms
  • Water conservation tips
  • Agriculture and drought
  • Boil water notices
  • Heat awareness tips
  • Vulnerable population
  • Talking points
  • Message maps

Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

Wisconsin Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes Toolkit P-01037 (PDF, 1.22 MB) : Provides general information and guidance for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes including:
  • Tornado categories
  • Recognizing tornado signs
  • Planning for severe storms
  • Staying safe in a tornado
  • Staying safe in a thunderstorm
  • Lightning safety
  • After a severe storm or tornado guidance
  • Straight-line winds safety
  • Talking points
  • Message maps

Vectorborne Disease

Wisconsin Vectorborne Disease Toolkit (PDF, 4.4 MB) : Provides general information and guidance for vectorborne diseases including:

  • General information on ticks in Wisconsin
  • Lyme Disease
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Powassan Virus
  • Tick control and prevention
  • General information on mosquitos in Wisconsin
  • Mosquito control and prevention
  • Travel disclaimer
  • Talking points
  • Message Maps

For more information, contact Colleen Moran, Climate and Health Program Manager, at 608-266-6761.

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Last Revised: January 20, 2017