Illinois prepares for severe weather

A statewide emergency preparedness drill will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in every county of Illinois.

March is Severe Weather Preparedness month in Illinois; March also marks the beginning of the unofficial “tornado season” in Illinois, which typically takes place between mid-March and late June.

Governor Quinn’s office reports that 54 tornadoes were recorded in 2013, causing eight deaths and 200 injuries, and damaging more than 2,000 homes.

Nearly half of these tornadoes touched down on November 17. The accompanying storms causing considerable damage in McLean County including downed trees, flooding and apartment damage.

To take part in Severe Weather Preparedness month, review safety procedures, learn where to go in case of severe weather and make sure you have emergency gear such as flashlights, first aid kits and bottled water in your dorm or apartment.

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