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It's 'National Preparedness Month' and IEMA wants Illinois residents to be prepared

Agency to offer tips throughout September

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency wants Illinois residents to be prepared for anything, so it's joining with emergency management agencies throughout the state and across the U.S. to encourage people to spend a few moments during the month of September on disaster preparedness.

"Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” is the theme for National Preparedness Month in September, according to a news release from IEMA. The agency hopes the tips and encouragement it provides throughout the month urges people to set aside time to discuss emergency plans with family members and develop a plan to stay safe when disaster strikes. The program's goal is to increase personal and community disaster preparedness throughout the U.S.

“We never know when the next disaster will strike, but there are actions we can take to be better prepared for the unexpected,” IEMA Director James K. Joseph said in a statement. “As we are seeing with Hurricane Harvey, even an expected weather event can have unexpected devastating consequences.”

Throughout September, IEMA will post tips to its Facebook page, Twitter and Ready.Illinois.gov. The tips will include information on how to develop a family emergency communication plan, assemble an emergency supply kit, as well as ways to receive critical emergency warnings. During disasters, IEMA also uses these same channels to provide information about the incident, including shelter locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more.

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