IEMA Reminds people about weather alert radio
Tuesday night tornadoes highlight need for warning
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[March 27, 2016]
– Nearly 50 weather warnings were issued Tuesday evening across the
northern half of Illinois, including 19 tornado warnings. Several
tornado touchdowns were reported, resulting in damage to dozens of
structures. Fortunately, it appears no serious injuries or deaths
resulted from the storms.
James K. Joseph, director of the Illinois Emergency Management
Agency (IEMA), said yesterday’s severe weather outbreak serves as a
vivid reminder that people need to have a way to receive severe
weather warnings any time of the day or night, such as with a
weather alert radio. Joseph added that Illinois residents currently
have an opportunity to win one of 100 weather alert radios to be
awarded through an online contest.
The ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest, sponsored by IEMA and
the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA), is
available on the Ready Illinois website at
Participants will be registered for a random drawing for the radios
after reading information about weather alert radios and
successfully completing a five-question quiz.
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The contest runs through March 31. Winners will be announced in April. The
radios were purchased by IESMA as part of an effort to increase the use of the
devices in communities throughout Illinois.
“Weather alert radios can be a real lifesaver when tornadoes or severe weather
strike,” said Joseph. “Just like a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, a
weather radio puts out a loud, distinctive tone that alerts you to the
approaching hazard and give you time to get to a safe place.”
More information about severe weather preparedness is available at
[Patti Thompson, Illinois Emergency