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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

 

Dress for the Weather

  • Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Prepare your home and family

  • Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics.
  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.
  • Install and check smoke detectors.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Prepare your car

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient and avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminal should be clean.
  • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary.
  • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
  • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

Place a winter emergency kit in each car that includes:

  • shovel     battery powered radio/extra batteries     snack food
  • first aid kit with pocket knife     tow chain or rope     emergency flares
  • windshield scraper     matches     necessary medications
  • road salt and sand     flashlight     booster cables
  • extra hats, socks & mittens     blanket(s)

 

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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

 

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Are you Prepared?

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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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