IEMA Encourages Disaster Preparedness

Jan 6, 2017

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging Illinois residents to prepare for disasters.

Spokeswoman Patti Thompson says Illinois weather is often unpredictable and conditions can deteriorate quickly.  She notes many homeowners found their preparations to be a lifesaver.  

"For example, several years back, we had a big ice storm here in the central part of the state -- people really were stuck at home for many days," Thompson says. "The roads were impassable."

"First Aid Kits" by Flickr User Medisave UK / (CC X 2.0)

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says first aid kits, flashlights, and weather radios can make useful stocking stuffers.

The group says it’s focusing on holiday safety, but the items could be used throughout the year, in case of flooding or other natural disasters. 

Patti Thompson, with IEMA, says safety gifts are important, but often overlooked.

“Things like a weather radio that will alert them when there’s severe weather or a tornado headed their way – even like stocking stuffers, like a flashlight, extra batteries, and a first aid kit," Thompson said.

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.

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