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Prepare your vehicle, your family and yourself, especially if traveling into a cold winter climate.

Carry a winter survival kit, including warm gear, nonperishable foods and first-aid items.

Buckle your safety belt and use child safety seats.


Examine holiday lights before hanging them.

Replace any missing or broken part, check by setting lights on a nonflammable surface and leave plugged in for 10-15 minutes to see that the lights don't melt or smoke.

Keep lights away from curtains or flammable materials.

Make sure cords and plugs do not come in contact with water.

To prevent overheating, pinching and fraying, do not run cords under carpet, rugs or behind furniture.

Never connect more than three sets of lights to an extension cord.

Unplug all lights before you leave the house or office or go to bed.


Make a list and plan your time and money. Stick to the list.

Don't overcommit.

Enlist help from family members and friends for entertaining, shopping, etc.

Use idle time or time alone to spread the true spirit of the seasongiving.

Make time for fun.


Place tree in a sturdy stand and check water level daily.

Keep tree away from heat sources (vent, fireplace, etc.) to avoid drying.

Place tree in a low traffic area. Don't block entrances or exits.





McHenry County EMA APP

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Up your preparedness- add the app today! Available on Google Play and the App Store FREE.

The McHenry County EMA app is a tool that can be used to assist residents becoming more aware of potential hazards. App features include information on how to prepare before, during, and after certain types of disasters. The app also has Social Media Integration, customizable preparedness checklists, and the ability to notify EMA of personal property damage to name a few. This app is intended to provide you with everyday information about our office and the services we provide, as well as the ability to provide emergency notifications and information to your phone.


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Twitter & Facebook Integration
Local Weather Alerts
Road Conditions
Damage Reports
Emergency Information


**This app is not intended to replace your primary means of emergency notification




Are you Prepared?


McHenry County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind you that now is the perfect time to review your Family’s Emergency Plan and check the supplies in your Emergency Kit or to take some time and create these life-saving tools. We all know first-hand the impact severe weather can have, whether it is flooding, winter weather or heat advisory. No matter what the disaster is, there are simple preparedness steps that anyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones in a time of need. To assist the community with this effort the Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (IL-IN-WI RCPT) has launched Gear Up, Get Ready campaign to encourage households to take key steps in family preparedness. This mission encompasses 19 counties and communities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

By taking a few simple steps ahead of time, you and your family can be ready when disaster strikes:

  1. Make a Family Emergency Plan decide how you will reconnect with each other, list important information and phone numbers and discuss the plan with all members and post it in your home where visitors can view it.
  2. Gather supplies for an Emergency Kit and put them in one place to meet your family’s needs for three days. You may already have three days of food already within your home. Top five items include, water, non-perishable food, battery powered radio, flashlight & extra batteries and a first aid kit. Be sure to meet the specific needs of your family and pets.

Simple templates for Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Contact Cards as well as Emergency Kit checklists are available at www.GearUpGetReady.org


211 in McHenry County

The 211 service streamlines access to health and human services for McHenry County residents. When an individual needs information or referral services for which they have little or no prior knowledge or experience, dialing 211 is a simple option. Once the individual dials 211, they will be connected to a call center where they will speak to a professional information and referral specialist who will refer or connect the caller to the appropriate agency.

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