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updated: 9/12/2013 8:32 AM

Health officials urge preparations for disasters

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois health officials are urging homeowners to make an emergency plan and prepare a supply kit for home during September -- National Preparedness Month.

Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says a supply kit, a disaster plan and staying informed about the weather can help ensure communities around the state stay safe.

The agency and its Office of Preparedness and Response recommends making a kit with supplies to last three days and to designate locations to meet family members. Supply kits should have water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, batteries, bedding and more.

Officials recommend learning first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to "shelter in place" and to turn off home utilities.

Volunteering as a Citizen Emergency Response Team member locally is also a way to help.

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