IEMA updates Ready Illinois website
shop' for community and individual preparedness information now
easier to use
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[December 17, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's
website for community and individual information disaster
preparedness is now even easier to use. The Illinois Emergency
Management Agency launched an updated Ready Illinois website,
last week to help connect people with information they need to be
prepared for many types of emergencies.
"The Ready Illinois website is a 'one-stop shop' for information on
what to do before, during and after a disaster," said IEMA Director
Jonathon Monken. "Since the website was first launched in 2007, more
than half a million people have turned to Ready Illinois for
disaster preparedness-related information. This revision will help
them find needed emergency preparedness information more quickly."
In addition to offering guidance on developing an emergency
preparedness plan and building home emergency kits, the website also
provides real-time emergency updates during disasters, including
road closures, shelter locations and more. During the February 2011
blizzard, the site had more than 2 million hits in just a three-day
The website's new home page offers quick links to the most
popular topics, including preparedness, recovery, news releases and
current issues. Current weather conditions from the National Weather
Service are also available on the home page.
Other site features include guidance on preparedness for families
with pets, children and people with access or functional needs; tips
on how to make your home more disaster-resistant; and links to other
emergency information resources.
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A current feature on the Ready Illinois website is a winter storm
preparedness sweepstakes to encourage people to be prepared for
snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures. Five participants in the
sweepstakes will win vehicle preparedness kits donated by Grainger.
Content on the Ready Illinois website can be translated into
Chinese, Filipino, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.
Emergency Management Agency file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]