Around  1,000 public safety officials are in Springfield this week for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s annual training summit.  

The event includes keynote speakers that dealt with the Orlando mass shooting and Flint water crisis.  Michigan Emergency Management Director Chris Kelenske stressed the importance of technology when responding to an emergency.

With flooding in Louisiana and a hurricane approaching Florida, Illinois officials urge people to spend a few moments during the month on disaster preparedness.

September is National Preparedness Month.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is joining with other agencies in the state and U.S. to raise awareness.

The campaign encourages people to discuss emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe when disaster strikes.

Learning From Flood Disasters

Feb 13, 2014

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.

The state of Illinois wants to help people who live near nuclear power plants be prepared in case of an emergency. This week, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency announced free potassium iodide pills will soon be available.  Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland which is the most susceptible part of the body to radiation exposure.