Emergency Management Agency: Prepare for winter weather ahead of time

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) – Winter weather hasn’t hit the Wabash Valley yet, but now is a good time to get prepared.

Illinois hasn’t had a winter without at least one winter storm in the past century. That’s according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

To help people prepare, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is highlighting winter weather preparedness in November.

“Winter weather can turn dangerous rapidly, so the best time to prepare is before that first snowstorm or ice event,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Many injuries and fatalities related to winter hazards can be prevented if people take just a few minutes now to prepare.”

You can find information about getting supplies together on the Ready Illinois website.

“The latest winter outlooks are indicating a snowy and cold winter in Illinois, particularly compared to last year,” said Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. “Now is the time to get ready for winter weather by winterizing your home and vehicle, putting a few extra survival items in your car and gathering supplies at home to be prepared in case of an extended power outage. Being ready for winter also means changing your driving habits by slowing down when roads are slick or visibility is low.”

Follow the Ready Illinois Facebook and Twitter for winter preparedness tips through the season.