State officials around Illinois are encouraging residents to be prepared this month.
September is National Preparedness Month. The goal of the celebration is to help people be ready for severe weather and disasters. The Illinois Department of Emergency Management (IEMA) recommends that every home has an emergency kit with water, non-perishable food, a weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
A family communication plan, such as where to meet if the family is separated during a disaster, is also recommended.
More tips on how to be prepared for emergencies can be found at www.ready.illinois.gov.
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