Nov. 7-11 is Winter Weather Preparedness Week

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(KBSI) – November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month and Nov. 7-11 is Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois State Fire Marshal, Illinois Department of Labor and the National Weather Service want to make sure you are prepared for winter weather.

Each winter season, nearly 29,000 vehicle crashes occur in Illinois, producing 4,500 injuries and 80 deaths, according to National Weather Service (NWS) Central Illinois Warning Coordination Meteorologist Edward Shimon.

If you use a space heater, make sure to follow the manufacture’s instructions, only use devices with an automatic shut off, and keep heating devices at least three feet from anything that can burn, according to Acting Illinois State Fire Marshal Dale Simpson.

He says to check your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors monthly to ensure they are working. If you need to use a generator during a power outage, only use them outdoors and away from windows.

Employers and employees are encouraged to prepare ahead of time and make winter safety a priority to minimize risks associated with winter weather hazards.

Illinois is vulnerable to severe winter weather. The greatest snowfall on record from a single storm was 27.9 inches measured near Waukegan in Lake County, from January 3-5, 2015. Average annual snowfall ranges from 37 inches of snow in Rockford and Chicago, to as little as 6 to 10 inches at the southern tip of Illinois, according to the state of Illinois.

The NWS recommends spending time each day of Winter Weather Preparedness Week to learn more about one aspect of winter weather preparedness:

  • Monday, Nov. 7: Terminology—knowing the differences between a blizzard warning, winter storm warning, ice storm warning, winter weather advisory, etc.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: Ice and ice safety – Wide ranging impacts of ice storms, potential for power outages in winter cold, etc.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9: Snow and snow safety – How much snow can cause slippery roads, what blizzard conditions entails, etc.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10: Extreme cold and wind chill safety – Discover how quickly hypothermia can set in, how to recognize the signs of frostbite, etc.
  • Friday, Nov. 11: Travel—having a plan and getting information (gettingaroundillinois.com), vehicle preparedness for both optimal operation and a winter storm kit if stranded:
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Extra clothing
    • Jumper cables
    • Flashlight
    • Extra batteries
    • Extra water
    • High-calorie, non-perishable food
    • More winter preparedness tips can be found here:

Tap here to view the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Winter Weather Preparedness Guide.

On Friday, Nov. 11, IEMA is asking residents to “Show Us Your Trunk.” On that day, IEMA will share social media posts of photos of residents who have prepared a winter weather emergency bag for their vehicles. Two winners will be given NOAA weather radios, which will give those residents a direct link to the latest weather information.

More information on winter weather preparedness:

Winter Storms

Winter Weather Preparedness

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