IEMA http://northernpublicradio.org en Learning From Flood Disasters http://northernpublicradio.org/post/learning-flood-disasters <p></p><p>Northern Illinois is no stranger to floods. Last year, several counties were declared federal disaster areas because of damage from rising waters. With spring right around the corner, some officials want to make sure they’re better prepared to deal with the situation, should there be more flooding this year and beyond. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Mike Moen 43091 at http://northernpublicradio.org Learning From Flood Disasters State to Distribute Pills to Protect Against Radiation http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-distribute-pills-protect-against-radiation <p>The state of Illinois wants to help people who live near <span class="yshortcuts cs4-visible" id="lw_1354099434_0">nuclear power plants</span> be prepared in case of an emergency. This week, the <span class="yshortcuts cs4-visible" id="lw_1354099434_1">Illinois Emergency Management Agency</span> announced free potassium iodide pills will soon be available.&nbsp; Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland which is the most susceptible part of the body to radiation exposure. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:44:51 +0000 WNIJ 21959 at http://northernpublicradio.org State to Distribute Pills to Protect Against Radiation