Climate and Health Toolkits

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

We also created one-page fact sheets to accompany each toolkit, which are intended for a general audience. 

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

Community Engagement Toolkit

Extreme Heat

Protecting Your Family from Extreme Heat, P-02076 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in an extreme heat event.

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

Flood

Protecting Your Family from Floods, P-02077 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in a flood.

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

Protecting Your Family from Winter Weather, P-02082 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in 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

Wildfire

Protecting Your Family from Wildfires, P-02081 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in the event of a wildfire.

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

Protecting Your Family from Chemical Spills, P-02083 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in the event of a chemical spill.

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

Protecting Your Family from Harmful Algal Blooms, P-02078 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe around 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

Drought

Protecting Your Family from Drought, P-02075 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in a drought.

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

Protecting Your Family from Severe Storms, P-02079 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe in a severe storm.
 
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

Protecting Your Family from Mosquitos and Ticks, P-02080 (PDF): A fact sheet with information about staying safe around mosquitos and ticks.

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: April 12, 2018