12 Dec

Disaster preparation begins at home

While St. Charles has not experienced any snowfall yet, we all know that it is coming at some point. Severe winter weather can cause widespread power outages and dangerous driving conditions.  That’s why the City of St. Charles recommends that you prepare emergency supply kits for your home and vehicle.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are encouraging people to prepare for winter emergencies now. The agencies joined with the American Red Cross to prepare a Winter Weather Preparedness guide that includes tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at work or school. Download the guide at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

A home emergency supply kit should be stocked with items to help residents stay safe for at least three days.  The kits should include a battery-powered National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, non-perishable food, water, a first-aid kit, extra medications and special items needed for babies, disabled or elderly family members and family pets.

A vehicle emergency preparedness kit can help travelers stay safe and warm until help arrives.  A car or truck kit should include a cell phone and charger, flashlight, extra batteries, first-aid kit, snack foods and water, blankets, extra clothing, gloves and hats, sand or kitty litter, shovel, windshield scraper and a tool kit.

For more information, please contact the City of St. Charles Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Paul Bumba, at 630-377-4416 or pbumba@stcharlesil.gov