Climate and Health Toolkits

We created toolkits to help local governments, local health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin preparing for and responding to different weather-related emergencies.

These toolkits include background information, practical response strategies, and communication tools (such as media releases, talking points, definitions, and useful reference materials).

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Community Engagement Toolkit

Extreme Heat

Wisconsin Extreme Heat Toolkit, P-00632 (PDF): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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) : 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, P-01109 (PDF) : 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

If you have a question or didn't find what you're looking for, email us or give us a call at 608-266-6761.

Last Revised: October 13, 2017