IEMA Encourages Participation in ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’ on April 30

First National Day of Action Expected to Draw Millions of Participants

SPRINGFIELD – On April 30, millions of people are expected to take part in the first-ever America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day for preparedness actions sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, schools, community organizations and others to be part of the event by participating in a preparedness activity related to tornadoes or floods.

For its part, IEMA will conduct a tornado drill for 120 employees in its largest workplace in Springfield. The five-story building houses more than half of the agency’s employees and was damaged when tornadoes struck Springfield on March 12, 2006. IEMA will conduct tornado drills at its other facilities at later dates to ensure employee preparedness.

“Tornadoes and floods are two hazards we know well in Illinois,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “But just recognizing these hazards isn’t enough. It’s even more important to take action to prepare for those hazards. The national day of action on April 30 provides an excellent opportunity for people, businesses, schools and others to practice their plans.”

America’s PrepareAthon! is a new nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted twice a year. Nearly five million people already are registered to participate in the April 30 national day of action, which will focus on four specific hazards: floods, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Since wildfires and hurricanes aren’t major hazards in Illinois, state activities will focus on floods and tornadoes.

The fall PrepareAthon! national day of action is set for September 30 and will focus on earthquakes, hazardous materials, pandemic flu and severe winter weather.

Anyone interested in participating in America’s PrepareAthon! can register on FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov. The site includes informational resources to help plan and conduct events.

Flood Warning for Sugar Creek at Milford

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IL.

SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY

RAINFALL OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS HAS CAUSED RISES IN AREA RIVERS AND STREAMS.INCLUDING SUGAR CREEK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

SAFETY MESSAGE.IF YOU ENCOUNTER A FLOODED ROADWAY.TURN AROUND AND FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV/CHICAGO.

ILC075-042348-
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648 AM CDT FRI APR 4 2014

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD.
* UNTIL SAT EVENING.
* AT 600 AM FRI THE STAGE WAS 19.0 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING & MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 19.3 FEET BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE RIVER WILL THEN FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

Forecasters predict 1 and 3 inches of rain thru Friday

Public Works crews were cleaning up debris today in Bradley and Kankakee. It was debris washed up into some residential areas from the Winter.
Storm water blanketed some streets after the early-morning rain. Ponding was reported on several streets while the work crews cleared gutters and sewer covers.
In southeast sections of Iroquois County, Lovejoy, Fountain Creek, and the Milford areas reported some flooding. Additional rainfall thru Friday will keep river-watchers on alert.
Flood Advisories have been issued for Sugar Creek at Milford and the Kankakee River at Momence. The potential for flooding will be around thru the weekend.

The overnight rain did not cause any major road closures or flooding, but it could be only the initial soaking. The National Weather Service has forecast between 1 and 3 inches of rain by this evening, with some severe thunderstorms possible.

Flood Advisories in Effect….

.THE FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE KANKAKEE RIVER.

KANKAKEE RIVER AT MOMENCE AFFECTING KANKAKEE COUNTY

.THE FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE SUGAR CREEK.

SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD AFFECTING IROQUOIS COUNTY

 

618 PM CDT THU APR 3 2014

THE FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE KANKAKEE RIVER AT MOMENCE
UNTIL SUN MORNING.
* AT 545 PM THUR THE STAGE WAS 3.7 FEET.
* ACTION STAGE IS 4.5 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 5.0 FEET.
* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR 4.7 FEET BY FRI EVENING.
* IMPACT.AT 5.0 FEET.SOME FLOODING BEGINS TO THE LOWEST AREAS ALONG THE RIVER.

THE FLOOD ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE SUGAR CREEK AT MILFORD
* UNTIL SUN AFTERNOON.
* AT 600 PM THUR THE STAGE WAS 12.8 FEET.
* ACTION STAGE IS 15.0 FEET.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 18.0 FEET.
* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL RISE TO NEAR 17.8 FEET BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

Snow Routes in effect, make way for snow plows

Sunday Update: March 2, 2014

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through midnight Sunday. Snowfall amounts will range from 4-7 inches. Blowing snow and decreased temps will also become a factor. Travel has become hazardous.

Area municipalities are advising citizens that emergency snow routes have been implemented. Vehicles will have to be removed from city/village streets to allow snow plows to clear routes.

Snow routes will be in effect at least through Monday.

Emergency routes will have priority. Motorists are warned to slow down and move over for all emergency vehicles.