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Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 1 - 7, 2015




A TEST Tornado Warning will be issued for ALL Illinois counties at 10:00 AM Tuesday March 3, 2015. The warning will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio with the tone alarm. Many commercial radio and TV stations will also participate by relaying the TEST Tornado Warning.  

The National Weather Service, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, local EMA/ESDA offices, and local broadcasters ALL recommend that you use the time during this statewide TEST Tornado Warning to conduct a tornado drill at your business, school, home or any location where people gather.





Preparedness: What
You Can Do to be Ready

Severe Weather
Safety Links

Severe Weather
Resource Links

Illinois Severe
Weather Climatology




NOW is the time to prepare...don't wait until severe storms are forecast...don't wait until it is too late!!                  



Preparedness Saves Lives

There is nothing we can do to stop severe thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes or floods from developing. However, there are things that everyone can do to minimize the impacts of severe weather on our lives.


What you can do to be prepared:  

    This can be done by monitoring a weather alert radio, local radio & TV broadcasts, NWS web pages, or various applications on computers and smart phones. 

    DON'T just rely on one method - especially storm sirens - which are NOT designed to be heard indoors by everyone.  

    Do this for your home, business, schools and when you are traveling. Designate places to go to seek safe shelter from a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Pick two places to meet in case you are separated from your family or co-workers. 

    While traveling or when away from home, know the names of the locations you are visiting - especially county and city names.  

    Learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to administer CPR, and how to turn off the electricity, gas and water supplies in your home. 

    Inspect your home for potential hazards such as weakened trees or limbs, cracked windows or worn roofing. 

    When  you build a new structure - or renovate an existing one - there are ways to prevent wind damage to roofs, upper floors and garages. Rafters, trusses, walls and doors can all be reinforced.  

    Some storms produce power outages that will last for several days. Having the following items will help you cope with the disaster:
    • Bottled water
    • Non-perishable food
    • Flashlights & extra batteries
    • Extra clothing & blankets
    • An extra set of keys & cash
    • Medications & a first aid kit
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Pet supplies
    • A weather alert radio or portable AM/FM radio



"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."

-- Ben Franklin 







Severe Weather Safety Guidelines (click on the links below)







 Severe Weather Resource Links (click on the links below)


       Illinois Emergency                                        Thunderstorms,                               Interested in Storm Spotting?
      Management Agency                                      Tornadoes &                                      Click the SKYWARN logo
    Severe Weather Guide                            Lightning (24.8 MB pdf)                            above for a list of classes




Click the logo above for                                Severe Weather                                  State of Illinois Preparedness
NOAA Weather Radio                                         Fact Sheet                                                        Web page
information for central 
and southeast Ilinois



Tornado Myths Debunked




Severe Weather Climatology in Illinois

Tornadoes (Click for a larger image)

Frequency of Illinois Tornadoes 1950 - 2014 by month



Frequency of central IL tornadoes by hour of the day



Central and Southeast Illinois Tornadoes 1950 - 2014 
by county



Severe Thunderstorm Wind and Hail

Number of reports of Severe Thunderstorm Wind (blue) and Hail (pink) by Month in Central & Southeast IL (1984-2013)


 Flash Flood Frequency

Frequency of reports of Flash Flooding by Month in Central & 
Southeast IL (1984-2013)




Current Severe Weather Information


 Hazardous Weather Outlooks                            Hazardous Weather Watches,

                                                                                            Warnings & Advisories




Click the images above for the latest information.

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