Winter Storm Preparedness

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Did you know?.....There has not been a winter in Illinois without a severe winter storm in the past century.

Severe winter storms can cause widespread damage and disruption. Heavy snow often results in paralyzed transportation systems, automobile accidents due to slippery roads and stranded vehicles. Glazing from ice storms topple utility lines and poles and make travel virtually impossible. These conditions can be a threat to life. Nearly 80 people in the United States die from winter storms and extreme cold every year, which is more than the fatalities due to tornadoes!

The hazards posed by winter storms and extreme cold can be catastrophic. However, you can take actions now that will increase your chances of surviving winter storms and extreme cold. We have prepared a Winter Storm Preparedness GuideBook containing safety tips, facts and best practices.

Winter Storm Preparedness Week is part of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich's Keep Warm Illinois campaign, a statewide effort to help all Illinoisans especially the elderly, families with small children and other vulnerable residents stay warm, healthy and safe this winter. Additional information about the Keep Warm Illinois campaign is available at

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