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If you sustained losses or damage from severe storms and tornadoes you may be eligible for disaster aid.
- You can call to Apply: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
- The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585
- For 711 or Video Relay Service, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
- For more information or to Apply: www.DisasterAssistance.gov
- Or Apply on your smartphone at: m.fema.gov
When you apply for disaster assistance please have the following available:
- Social Security Number (including your spouse’s)
- Private insurance information, if available
- Address and zip code of the damaged property
- Directions to the damaged home or property
- Daytime telephone number
- A telephone number where we can reach you or leave a message
- An address where you can get mail
- If you want your disaster assistance funds sent directly to your bank, provide the FEMA agent with your bank account type (savings/checking), account number and routing number
Disaster recovery assistance for eligible recipients is available without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.
Will County and its partners are currently updating the Will County County-wide All Hazard Mitigation Plan. We invite the public to participate in this process by providing their knowledge of the hazards within their communities. Please assist the Will County Hazard Mitigation Planning Team by completing the online survey.
December marks the beginning of the holiday season, which includes Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. Let’s make this holiday season a safe one.
- Check lights to make sure there are no frayed wires or empty sockets.
- Turn off lights when you go to bed or leave the house.
- Buy only ‘fire resistant’ artificial trees and keep live trees watered.
- Keep trees away from heat sources like radiators and fireplaces.
- Avoid sharp or breakable decorations.
- Clean up regularly to avoid leaving out items small children could swallow.
- Look out for plastic bags and long strings that could suffocate or choke children.
- Place hot objects like pans out of the way.
- Wash hands regularly to prevent the spread of holiday germs.
- Stick to regular schedules to ensure you and your children are well-rested and not too stressed.
- Cover and store leftovers properly.
- Never drink and drive.
Christmas Gift Ideas:
Consider purchasing your family and friends a NOAA weather radio that has the S.A.M.E. features, this year. Prior to posting this article we visited a number of big box store websites (sport stores too) – prices starting at $24.99.Road Rules
Hitting the road this holiday? In some areas winter weather means snow, sleet, and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions and unseen dangers. Are you prepared? According to a recent FEMA survey, 52% of people reported having supplies set aside for use in a disaster.
If your travel calls for driving in wintry weather, prepare your car for the trip by updating your vehicle emergency kit with:
- Booster cables;
- Blankets, hats, socks, and mittens;
- Road salt or sand; and
- A fluorescent distress flag.
While on the road, follow these driving techniques to ensure you reach your destination safely:
- Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop;
- Break gently to avoid skidding;
- Do not use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads; and
- Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to others.
Road conditions can change quickly! Should disaster strike when traveling, use the Disaster Reporter feature on the FEMA app to send photos of your location for first responders and response teams to view. You can also keep up with weather forecast using your NOAA weather radio to plan ahead! Remember, SAFETY FIRST! If weather conditions are too severe, it’s best not to drive.
REPRINTED: FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief DATED: November 27, 2013
Resolve to be Ready
As the New Year approaches, we want to remind you to Resolve to be Ready in 2013.
Led by FEMA's Ready campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, this year's emphasis includes integrating technology into individuals, families and businesses preparedness plans. A 2012 Nielson report revealed that nearly 55 percent of mobile phone owners in the United States own smartphones. As a simple resolution, Ready is asking all smartphone owners to turn the technology in their purses and pockets into a life-saving tool during and after an emergency or disaster.
Additional ways the Ready campaign recommends implementing technology into your emergency plans:
- Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;
- Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud, in a secure and remote area, or on a flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
- Create an Emergency Information Document by using Ready's Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs (use Google Chrome to view) or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.
Do you follow us on Facebook? If not, you should check us out. We have been experimenting with automated posting of National Weather Service severe weather messages to our Facebook page. We are limiting this to severe weather watches, warnings, and advisories issued for Will County. It is another tool for you to receive severe weather notifications.