Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency across Wisconsin because of a propane shortage in the state and the impending frigid temperatures. The governor's office reports that about 250,000 Wisconsinites rely on propane as a source for heat.
- Call the nonemergency number of your local sheriff's department if you need the location of a local warming shelter or other local resources.
- Check on friends, neighbors and loved ones.
- Conserve energy by following these simple steps: http://www.poorespropane.com/conservation.php
- Follow these steps for winterizing your home: http://tmwa.com/conservation/winterize
- Remember to winterize vacant properties as well. A list of winterization tips is available here: http://www.workshoponwheels.com/winterize.html
- Call toll-free1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) for information about where you can purchase propane in your area, or to apply for assistance towards your propane heating bill. You can also visit www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov about where to apply for heating assistance.
- If you go to a local warming shelter, turn off the water in your home and drain your pipes to ensure they pipes do not freeze. If you are hesitant to use a shelter because you are afraid to leave a pet behind, please call your local warming shelter/human services agency as many warming shelters also offer pet shelter.
- Donate to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund to help those impacted by the crisis. You can donate online at www.kwwf.org/donate or by calling KWWF at 608-333-0809.
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