SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging everyone to use November 13-19 as Winter Storm Preparedness Week in Illinois to begin preparing for the extreme cold, wind, ice and snow that often accompanies Illinois winters.
IDPH is urging residents to take simple precautions and follow these tips to protect themselves from severe winter weather:
-Create an emergency preparedness kit for homes and vehicles that includes: a battery powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, non-perishable food, blankets, water, a first-aid kit, extra medication and special items for infants, the disabled, elderly and pets.
-Keep an extra supply of heating fuel for homes.
-"Winterize" homes by insulating walls, attics, doors and windows.
-Make sure vehicles are in good operating condition and keep gas tanks full.
-Never leave motors running in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, like garages.
-If traveling, provide travel itineraries to relatives, friends or co-workers.