Peoria County’s Emergency Management Agency wants you to be part of the “Weather-Ready Nation” as we transition from winter to spring. In Central Illinois, we often laugh about how weather can change from one season to another over the course of a day, but severe weather is no joke. It can be life-threatening. Your best defense is to be both prepared and informed.
Severe Weather Week is March 3-9, 2019, and Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 11-15, 2019. What can you as a citizen do to actively prepare for storms and flooding?
- Know the local warning systems. The National Weather Service in Illinois will conduct a test of weather alert radios at 10:00 a.m. on March 5, 2019. Peoria County will conduct a test of our outdoor warning sirens at the same time.
- Build an emergency kit. Gather items for a kit before weather hits, so that you’ll be prepared, and not panicked, when you need to use the items.
- Invest in a NOAA Weather Radio. NOAA stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is the foremost authority on all things weather-related.
- Stay informed. Besides a weather radio, make sure that you have multiple ways to receive information during a weather emergency. This could be through checking broadcast media, enabling your smartphone to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts, and downloading smartphone weather apps and turning on notifications.
- Take action – indoors or out! If you hear weather sirens, move indoors. If you see flooding on the road, ‘turn around, don’t drown.’ Head to your basement or lowest level under threat of a tornado; don’t go outside to view the storm.
Follow @CIEmergencyInfo on Facebook and Twitter as we expound upon these themes throughout the next two weeks. A trustworthy source for preparedness information is www.weather.gov.