CHICAGO—Although winter officially arrives in five weeks, winter weather in Illinois could arrive much sooner. Therefore the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging residents to use Nov. 13-19—Winter Storm Preparedness Week in Illinois—to begin preparing for the extreme cold, wind, ice and snow that often accompanies Illinois winters.
“For the last century, at least one severe winter storm has impacted Illinois each year,” said IDPH Acting Director Dr. Craig Conover. “It’s critical to be proactive and take the time now during Winter Storm Preparedness Week in Illinois to prepare your family, home and vehicles in advance of severe winter weather.”
IDPH is urging residents to take simple precautions and follow these tips to protect themselves from severe winter weather:
• Create an emergency preparedness kit for homes and vehicles, including a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, water, a first-aid kit, extra medication and special items for infants, the disabled, elderly and pets.
• Keep an extra supply of heating fuel for homes.
• “Winterize” homes by insulating walls, attics, doors and windows.
• Make sure vehicles are in good operating condition and keep gas tanks full.
• Never leave motors running in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, like garages.
•If traveling, provide travel itineraries to relatives, friends or co-workers.
To further prepare residents for winter hazards, IDPH developed a guide called Weathering Winter with additional information about winter weather tips for staying safe and warm in homes or vehicles. This guide is available on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state. il.us/public/books/WeathWinter10.pdf or by calling (217) 782-5750.
For more information, visit our website at www.idph.state.il.us/Bioterrorism/default.htm and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/IDPHOPR.