Illinois urges residents to prepare for severe weather today
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois officials are warning residents to prepare for potentially severe weather forecast for large parts of the state.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency issued an alert Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting damaging winds with hail and tornadoes possible Wednesday night and into Thursday.
The main threat is mainly north of I-80 and west of a line from Ottawa to Crystal Lake.
IEMA officials say residents should stay aware of forecasts and be ready to act quickly if severe weather warnings are sounded.
IEMA director Alicia Tate-Nadeau says families should ensure that each member can receive emergency alerts and notices.
She says families discuss and identify safety shelters at home, work and at school. A family communication plan should be developed and practices.
And always review and re-stock your emergency supply kit with water, food and more.