Prepared for the worst in 2016

EmergencySuppliesHC1506_X_300_C_YIllinois communities around the state dealt with record and near-record winter flooding, winter storms and now we are heading into ­tornado season. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local emergency ­management agencies throughout Illinois are encouraging people to “Resolve to be Ready” for emergencies in 2016.

“The floods we saw this ­winter are the types we usually expect in spring or summer,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “It shows how

important it is for people to be ready for any type of emergency, any time of year. With that in mind, we’re encouraging people to ‘Resolve to be Ready’ for emergencies in 2016 so that when the unexpected occurs, they’re able to stay safe.”

One of the first steps toward emergency preparedness is having an emergency supply kit stocked with basic survival items that are critical ­during an emergency, such as:

• One gallon of water per person per day
(a minimum of a three-day supply)

• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

• First-aid kit

• Battery-operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries

• Items for children, seniors, pets and household members with health or medical needs

IEMA maintains the Ready Illinois website (, a one-stop location for preparedness information on a variety of hazards.