Bracing for the Storm: Tips for Being Prepared for Bad Weather

Weather can be unpredictable in Illinois so it’s always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies that may result in an extended outage. Make sure you are prepared and stock the following supplies in an easily accessible kit: 

  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Flashlights 
  • Batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Bottled Water
  • Non-perishable foods that don’t requiring heating
  • Blankets, bedding, or sleeping bags
  • First aid kit, medications and household bleach
  • Plastic utensils and paper plates
  • Hand operated can opener
  • Screwdriver, scissors, duct tape, waterproof matches
  • Ice cooler for temporary food or medication storage
  • Identification and copies of important family documents in waterproof storage container or covering
  • Other items needed for infants, elderly or family with special needs
  • Cash

It is very important to be prepared for our constantly changing and unpredictable bad weather in Illinois. We experience a variety of weather conditions throughout the year, from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to heavy snow and ice. It is important to have an emergency kit, stay informed about the weather, and take shelter if necessary. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and your family are safe during bad weather in Central Illinois.

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