On February 29, 2012, eight deaths and 108 injuries occurred when an early morning twister struck the towns of Harrisburg and Ridgway, Illinois, bearing 180 mph winds. I urge the Elgin community to think about the potential danger spring storms can bring. Illinois weather can be unpredictable and sudden storms can hit with little warning. Beyond property damage, there are risks of injury, even death; therefore, education and planning are important.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management has posted information on their webpage about tornado safety, stocking disaster supply kits, floods, thunderstorm and lightening safety, as well as links to several informational sites that can assist with emergency preparedness. It is advisable for everyone in the community to have a plan of action in place should an emergency occur.
It is also a great time to register for CodeRED. This system currently links to Elgin’s 911 system and is capable of sending messages to landlines in higher level emergencies. However, once users register email and mobile information, they will also receive the lower level notifications from public safety personnel that may be specific to their areas.
Keeping you, your family and your business safe is a priority for all of Elgin’s public safety personnel. I hope you will find this information useful – and that you will be prepared for the unpredictable weather that we experience while living in Illinois.