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Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Preparing for Severe Weather

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(HOI) -- As Severe Weather Preparedness Week comes to an end, let's remember the key word: preparedness!

Being prepared ahead of time for when severe weather hits is the best way to make sure you and your family stay safe.

One of the most important ways you can be prepared for severe weather is always keeping an eye on the latest forecast, and then when severe weather threatens make sure you have ways to receive any warnings that are issued.

One of the best ways to receive any warnings is through a NOAA Weather Radio. You can also download our Heart of Illinois ABC app to receive warnings and track storms using Interactive Radar.

Download our free Heart of Illinois ABC app here!

You can follow our Storm Alert Team on social media too for the latest weather updates:

Emergency Supply Kit:

You and your family will also need an emergency supply kit. This should be kept somewhere that easily accessable so you can quickly grab it when severe weather threatens.

Also take note of any items that may expire so you can change them out when needed.

Your emergency supply kit can include the following items:

  • A portable weather radio and spare batteries
  • 3 days worth of non-perishable food
  • 3 days worth of bottled water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • A flashlight
  • A cell phone charger
  • Sanitary/hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and trash bags
  • Extra clothes
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pet supplies and documents including food and water (if needed)
  • Baby supplies including diapers, bottles and formula (if needed)
  • Copies of important documents such as emergency contacts, credit card information, and insurance and bank information
  • Extra keys and cash

Severe weather preparedness begins now, well before severe weather is in the forecast.

Make sure you know how to get warnings, have an emergency supply kit, and know where you and your family need to go to safely seek shelter from severe storms and tornadoes.

Brian Walder

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