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|Local Officials Remind of Basic Severe Weather Tips
|Severe weather time in the state is approaching, reminding residents to be prepared in the event of damaging storms in the next few months. This week marks the City of Galesburg's Severe Weather Preparedness week, and officials are warning people what to do in case a severe weather storm comes into the area.
The city wants its residents to select a shelter point at the lowest level inside of a house or apartment, preferably away from windows and doors. Galesburg Fire Chief John Cratty, also Knox County Emergency Management Director, says it is important for families to have in plan in place in case of severe weather.
Cratty tells WGIL parents should make arrangements to get in touch with their kids case of severe storms. "Some kind of a communication plan or reconnecting with those family members after the storm is over with, is always a good way" Cratty said. "Maybe it's a mutual friend that the child and parent contact, or maybe it's a relative that the child and parent contact."
Cratty also said having a type of emergency supply kit handy in the event severe weather lasts for a period of time. Inside a kit, he suggests items such as a battery powered radio, flashlights, bottled water, and canned or sealed foods that could sustain a person for several hours. He also says people should gather any medications they may need or products for an infant.
Cratty says if you're in a vehicle at the time of a tornado outbreak, be sure not to try and outrun the storm. He says if you see a tornado approaching, get out of your vehicle and get to a low lying ditch and cover your head to avoid debris that is flying around.
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|03 02 09 by Newsroom
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