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IEMA, Grainger offer winter storm preparedness sweepstakes

Participants can enter to win vehicle preparedness kits

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[December 08, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- Despite an unseasonably warm start to December, winter's cold, snow and ice are just around the corner. To help people get ready for winter weather, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Grainger are teaming up to offer an online winter storm preparedness sweepstakes. Five winners will receive vehicle preparedness kits donated by Grainger.

Grainger is North America's leading broad-line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products.

The sweepstakes is available on the Ready Illinois website, Participants must read information about winter weather preparedness and successfully complete a five-question quiz before registering for the prize drawing. The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 31. Winners will be announced in January.

"Now's the perfect time to get ready for winter weather, particularly for traveling in snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "This sweepstakes is a fun way for people to learn about winter preparedness, and five lucky people will win a preparedness kit for their car."

The vehicle preparedness kits donated by Grainger for the sweepstakes provide water, nonperishable food, flashlight, light stick, AM radio, batteries, rescue blanket, first-aid items and whistle.

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"Cold weather can take its toll on individuals," said Jeff Metherd, emergency preparedness brand manager for Grainger. "Personal preparedness is important during inclement weather and year-round, and we are excited to work with the state to help promote its importance."

A winter storm preparedness guide developed by IEMA and the National Weather Service is also available on the Ready Illinois website or by calling 217-785-9925.

[Text from Illinois Emergency Management Agency file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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