Emergency management agencies prepare for storm

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - It was busy day for those in emergency management, as they prepared for a possible severe storm to move across the Heartland.

The emergency management agency for Jackson County is in the basement of the courthouse in Murphysboro. Deputy Coordinator Shawn Priddy says the phones kept him busy all day. Priddy adds he's also received several text and email messages about the storm.

In preparation, Priddy say they've spent the day speaking with county agencies, volunteers along with a local nursing home.

"We're definitely monitoring the situation and formulating a plan as we go, and then in the event a disaster happens, then we just activate the emergency operations plan and fully activate the emergency operations center and go to businesses," Priddy said.

Priddy says it's also important to make sure you are prepared as well. That includes having an emergency supply kit at home.

According to Homeland Security the kit should include: Water, one gallon of water for every person for at least three days; food, at least a three day supply of non-perishable food; weather radio; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; whistle to signal for help; dust mask, to help protect from contaminated air; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench or pliers; can opener for food and finally local maps.

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