IEMA encourages people to resolve to be prepared
Will highlight preparedness, safety topics each
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SPRINGFIELD — It's not too late
to make a resolution for 2014, and the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency has a suggested resolution that will help you and your family
stay safe when disaster strikes: Resolve to be better prepared for
emergencies this year. The agency will make keeping this resolution
easier by offering information and tips on preparedness and safety
topics each month in 2014.
"During the past 12 months, people throughout Illinois have
experienced historic flooding, tornadoes, windstorms, major
snowstorms and extreme cold," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.
"We can't stop these events from happening, but we can minimize the
impact they have on our families by being better prepared. I
encourage everyone to ‘Resolve to be Ready' in 2014."
Monken said IEMA will focus on a different preparedness or safety
topic each month, such as earthquakes, severe and winter weather,
pets, school and campus, cybersecurity, and more.
One of the first steps toward emergency preparedness is an
emergency supply kit stocked with basic survival items that are
critical during an emergency, such as:
One gallon of water
per person per day, with a minimum of a three-day supply.
At least a
three-day supply of nonperishable food.
radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
Items for children, seniors, pets and
for household members with health or medical needs.
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IEMA maintains the Ready Illinois website,
a one-stop shop for preparedness information for a variety of
hazards. In addition to information about steps people can take
before emergencies happen, the website also provides guidance on
what to do during and after a disaster. The Ready Illinois site also
provides situational updates and links to information on road
conditions and closures, shelter locations, and more during major
Preparedness information is also available through the Ready
and Twitter pages.
Emergency Management Agency file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]