Preparedness actions can prevent injuries, reduce property damage

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Illinois ranks fifth in the U.S. for most tornadoes per square mile. To help people be better prepared for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with the NWS and local emergency management agencies to observe Severe Weather Preparedness Month in March. In addition, IEMA and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) are sponsoring an online contest that offers Illinois residents a chance to win a portable weather alert radio. The “Weather Alert Radios Save Lives” contest will begin on March 1 and continue through March 31. The weather alert radio contest will be available on the Ready Illinois website at A total of 100 portable weather alert radios will be awarded to randomly selected participants who register after reading information about the radios and successfully completing a five-question quiz. Winners will be announced in April. The radios were purchased by IESMA as part of an effort to increase the use of the devices in communities throughout Illinois. IEMA and the NWS developed a Severe Weather Preparedness Guide, which provides information about tornadoes, severe storms, lightning and flooding along with recommended actions to take before, during and after each of these weather events.

It is available on the Ready Illinois website at