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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:  

  1. STAY INFORMED
    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.  

  2. HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
    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.  

  3. PREPARE YOURSELF & YOUR HOME FOR AN EMERGENCY
    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.  

  4. HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
    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
 


 

Severe Weather Climatology in Illinois

Tornadoes (Click for a larger image)

Frequency of Illinois Tornadoes 1950 - 2013 by month

 

Frequency of central IL tornadoes by hour of the day

 

Central and Southeast Illinois Tornadoes 1950 - 2012 
by county

 

Severe Thunderstorm Wind and Hail

Frequency of Severe Thunderstorm Wind Reports
by Month

 



Frequency of Severe Hail Reports by Month


Current Severe Weather Information

 

 Hazardous Weather Outlooks                            Hazardous Weather Watches,

                                                                                            Warnings & Advisories

 

              

 

Click the images above for the latest information.

 


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