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It's Time to Prepare for Winter Weather

Thursday - Oct 27, 2016

Every year, Illinois averages at least five major winter storms that impact millions of people. The best time to prepare for winter's snow, cold and ice is before such weather hits.

Being prepared for winter doesn't have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. It could be as simple as making sure your vehicle is in good winter driving condition, adding a winter survival kit to your car, changing your furnace filter and stocking or updating a home emergency supply kit.

Preparing for winter also means adjusting your driving habits. Snowy or ice-coated roads and reduced visibility due to fog or blowing snow result in thousands of motor vehicle crashes in Illinois every year. Many of these can be avoided by simply slowing down on city streets, rural roads and highways. Recent traffic studies have shown that many times, minor accumulations of snow or ice on roads can be just as dangerous for motorists as major snowstorms.

Use this Winter Weather Preparedness Guide, developed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS), to help you and your family prepare for and stay safe during winter weather. It includes information about winter travel safety guidelines, winter weather terminology and tips on how to prepare your home and vehicle for winter storms.

Take time now to prepare your family, home, vehicles and driving habits for everything from a dusting of snow to a major winter storm!

Click here to read the 2016 Winter Weather Guide.