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NOVEMBER…IS WINTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH

November is the perfect time to start preparing for extreme cold, snow, and ice.  We can start by preparing our vehicle for the winter:

  • Winterize your vehicle or have your vehicle serviced by a reputable dealer, garage or mechanic.
  • Check your wipers, tires, lights, and fluid levels regularly.  Make sure the brakes and transmission are working properly.  Lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent them from freezing.
  • Prepare a Winter Storm Survival Kit for your vehicle.  A kit is important even for short trips.  If you have an accident or your vehicle breaks down, you may be waiting several hours for assistance to arrive.  Your kit should include:
    • ✓ Cell phone and charger
    • ✓ Blankets/sleeping bags
    • ✓ Flashlight with extra batteries
    • winter readyFirst Aid kit
    • ✓ Knife
    • ✓ High calorie, non-perishable foods
    • ✓ Water
    • ✓ Extra clothing to keep dry
    • ✓ A large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes
    • ✓ A smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water
    • ✓ Sack of sand (or cat litter)
    • ✓ Shovel
    • ✓ Windshield scraper and brush
    • ✓ Tool kit
    • ✓ Tow rope with loops (avoid chains and hooks if at all possible)
    • ✓ Booster cables
    • ✓ Water container
    • ✓ Compass and road maps

For more information on Winter Preparedness visit Snow Storms/Blizzards and Extreme Cold under the Preparedness tab above.

2014 Winter Storm Preparedness Guide (hyperlink to the new guide attached to this email)

WARMING CENTERS IN WILL COUNTY

Below is a list of Warning Centers in Will County, persons wishing to utilize one of these Warming Centers are advised to call ahead to confirm the facility is available.

2014 Countywide Warning Centers


Remember: If You See Something, Say Something…


RESOLVE TO BE READY: #PREPARED2014

prepare 2014

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.

facebookWILL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE

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.