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NWS says it's time to get ready for winter

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According to the National Weather Service, cold temperatures were a factor in the deaths of three people in Illinois last year.

That's lower than the 10-year national average of 27 fatalities. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says now is the time for residents to make sure cars and homes are equipped with cold-weather essentials.

Along with the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross, the agency has put together some tips available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov .

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chris Miller of the weather service says people should outfit their cars with blankets, non-perishable food, boots and extra clothing.

At home, people should have at least three days' worth of essentials to ride out a storm without power.

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