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While the majority of Illinois tornadoes occur between April 1 and June 30, the tornado outbreaks on Nov. 17, 2013, and Feb. 20, 2014, proved that these violent storms may happen any time of the year.
Tornadoes can be deadly and cause serious injuries and property damage, but there are actions people can do to protect themselves and their families. Throughout March, Will County Emergency Management Agency is joining with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and other emergency management agencies across the state to promote severe weather preparedness.
One of the most important preparedness actions is to have a way to receive emergency warnings 24 hours a day, especially while you sleep. A NOAA Weather Alert Radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) automatically alerts when a watch or warning is issued for your county. There are also several smartphone apps available that can alert you to imminent dangers.
These warnings can provide precious time for you to seek shelter from an approaching tornado or severe storm.
We encourage everyone to take time in March to learn more about how you and your family can stay safe during severe weather.
BASIC SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTER CLASSES SCHEDULED IN WILL COUNTY
Another way to become better prepared is to take a Basic Severe Weather Spotter Class. Classes are being offered throughout Will County
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Lincoln Way West High School – Performing Arts Center
21701 S Gougar Road, New Lenox
Health & Safety Expo – 5pm to 7pm
Training – 7pm to 9pm
Hosted by: New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition and Citizen Corps Council
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Minooka High School – South Campus
26655 W Eames Street (Route 6), Channahon
Safety Fair – 6pm to 7pm
Training – 7pm to 9pm
Hosted by: Channahon Police Department / Grundy County EMA / Will County EMA
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Frankfort Fire Station #3
24420 S LaGrange Road (Route 45), Frankfort
Visit Preparedness Tables – 9am to 10am
Training – 10am to 12pm
Hosted by: Frankfort Fire Protection District
The Basic Severe Weather Spotter Classes are free and are open to the public. The class takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours. The training consists of a slide and video program which teaches potential spotters above severe storm structure, and how to identify cloud features and other environmental clues to identify severe storms and tornadoes. Communications systems and spotter networks are explained so the spotter knows where to report, and how that information is used by the NWS and local officials.
Registration is encouraged by calling 815-723-1455.
RESOLVE TO BE READY: #PREPARED2014
This year’s Resolve to Be Ready campaign focuses on ‘Family Connection’ to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes and emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet, and what to pack.
The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on www.ready.gov/kids, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists, and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity. Additional templates are available on this website under the Preparedness tab. Check out the materials that you can use in your community to get families prepared in 2014.
Do you ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook? If not, you should check us out. For those of you who ‘LIKE’ us we’ve made some recent changes. LIKE us at ‘Will County Emergency Management Agency’ will provide you a great source of information before, during, and after an emergency.
In 2014 we welcome our new page ‘Will County Alerts’, we have moved our automated posts of severe weather advisories, watches, and warning from the National Weather Service for Will County to this page. Additionally other larger scale emergency information will begin to be posted on this page. LIKE us at ‘Will County Alerts’. Remember nothing replaces a NOAA Weather Radio; this is another tool for us to help provide emergency information to the public.