IEMA offers tips for summertime safety
Vacation safety first of four topics to be
highlighted during June
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[June 07, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD – After a long, brutal
winter, Illinois residents are embracing the return of balmy weather
by spending more time in the great outdoors. Throughout June, the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency
management agencies throughout the state will offer tips to help
people stay safe while enjoying this summer.
Each week during the month, IEMA will focus on a summertime
safety topic, beginning with vacation safety (June 1-7), heat safety
(June 8-14), outdoor activities safety (June 15-21) and lightning
safety (June 22-30). Safety tips also will be posted on the state’s
Ready Illinois Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter
“Many people are planning summer vacations right now,” said IEMA
Director Jonathon Monken. “Whether you’re checking out some of the
great sites in Illinois or traveling far from home, I encourage you
to spend a few minutes learning about weather or other disasters
possible for your vacation spot. A little advanced planning
literally could be a lifesaver if disaster strikes during your
Monken said if you’re not sure how to prepare for hazards not
experienced in Illinois, such as hurricanes, tsunamis or wildfires,
you can find information on the Federal Emergency Management
Agency’s (FEMA) website at
www.fema.gov Even if your vacation spot is prone to
dangers you’re already familiar with, dealing with those emergencies
can be challenging in a new environment.
When you arrive at your destination, identify safe locations to go
to when severe weather approaches and find out how weather warnings
are communicated in the area (Are there outdoor warning sirens? Does
your hotel or resort have a public address system?).
Other vacation tips include:
- Pack a travel-size emergency supply kit with water, snacks,
a first-aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, extra
batteries and an emergency contact card with names and phone
numbers you’d need if disaster strikes.
- Pack extra supplies of critical items, such as prescription
medications and baby formula, in case your return is delayed by
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- If traveling internationally, register with the U.S.
Department of State through a free online service at
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) allows travelers to
enter information about upcoming trips abroad so that the State
Department can better assist them in an emergency.
- If traveling by car, check the forecast for your entire
route before and during your trip. Weather conditions can change
drastically, especially if thunderstorms are expected.
- Become familiar with the names of the counties you are
traveling through because hazardous weather warnings are issued
If you have a newer smartphone, check to ensure the ‘Emergency
Alerts’ option is enabled in your ‘Settings’ notification center.
This will allow you to receive geographically-targeted, text-like
Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages about imminent safety
threats in your current location.
More preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois
[Text received; PATTI THOMPSON,
ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY]