The campaign’s theme, ‘Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your
Emergency Plan Today’, urges people to set aside time to discuss
emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe
when disaster strikes. The month-long preparedness drive will
conclude on September 30 with ‘American’s PrepareAthon,’ a national
day of action.
“Severe weather and other disasters can’t be prevented, and many
occur without much warning,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We
saw that happen last December with heavy rains and widespread
flooding that claimed 10 lives and drove many people from their
homes with little notice. Taking a few minutes now on your emergency
plan could be a true life saver during an emergency.”
Throughout September, IEMA will offer tips and information on how to
develop a family emergency communication plan, assemble an emergency
supply kit, as well as ways to receive critical emergency warnings.
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IEMA offers disaster preparedness information on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.
gov), a one-stop resource for detailed information about what to do before,
during and after disasters.
In addition, throughout September IEMA will post daily preparedness tips on the
Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (@ReadyIllinois).
During disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook and Twitter
pages to provide critical information about the incident, including shelter
locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more.
[Patti Thompson, Illinois Emergency