IEMA, National Weather Service, Local EMAs
encourage people to prepare for winter weather
November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in
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[November 12, 2014]
– The winter of 2013-14 is one Illinois residents won’t soon forget.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the frigid
temperatures and snowy weather experienced statewide made for the
worst winter conditions in nearly 40 years. Chicago recorded the
coldest December through March in its history, and temperatures
statewide were the fourth coldest on record.
To help Illinois residents be prepared for winter weather this
year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) the NWS and
local emergency management agencies are encouraging people to begin
preparing now for extreme cold, snow and ice. The organizations will
highlight winter weather preparedness throughout November as part of
their annual winter weather preparedness campaign.
“We all hope the winter of 2014-15 isn’t a repeat of last winter,”
said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “But hope isn’t a plan. Winter
weather in Illinois may be inevitable, but being prepared will help
you handle whatever weather hazards Mother Nature throws our way
Monken said severe winter weather isn’t just inconvenient, it can be
deadly. During the winter of 2013-14, 28 people died from exposure
to extreme cold, the most in more than 25 years.
"The extreme, record-setting weather conditions in much of Illinois
this past winter illustrated the importance of being prepared for
snow, ice and cold temperatures" said Chris Miller, warning
coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. "It is
much easier, and less costly, to prepare your vehicle and home for
winter conditions now, rather than waiting until winter is upon us."
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IEMA, the NWS and the American Red Cross developed a winter
weather preparedness guide that covers winter weather terms and
tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at school. The
guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at
www.Ready.Illinois.gov or by calling 217-785-9925.
[Illinois Emergency Management