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July is Youth Preparedness Month

 SPRINGFIELD -- Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. Disaster planning, response and recovery efforts should always take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the United States population.  That is why this month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and county emergency management agencies, are taking steps to promote youth preparedness.  Starting or getting involved with a youth preparedness program is a great way to enhance a community’s resilience and help develop future generations of prepared adults.

“Each year, millions of children are impacted by natural disasters,” said Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau.  “By empowering communities to make preparedness a priority we are building safer, stronger and more resilient communities before, during and after a disaster.”

Studies have shown, children are positive influencers in their households.  Children can effectively bring the message of preparedness home to their families.  Participating in youth preparedness programs empowers children to become leaders at home and in their schools and communities.

Tips for incorporating children into disaster preparedness:

Promote Interactive activities within your family.  One way to do this is by involving children in the development of a family emergency plan.

Use real world events to teach about emergency situations and disasters.  Using media coverage of current disasters (Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages), talk to children about how your family would respond if this happened to you.  Utilizing your family emergency plan, discuss where would you go, what would you do and how you will ensure their safety during an emergency.  Children who are prepared experience less anxiety and feel more confident during actual emergencies and disasters.

Introduce older children to ways to be proactive about disaster preparedness.  FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council offers youth leaders an opportunity to serve on a national council.  During their two-year term, the youth leaders complete both a local and national-level project to share ideas regarding youth disaster preparedness.

For younger children, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has collaborated with the American Red Cross to produce a disaster preparedness activity book, Prepare with Pedro.  This booklet is designed to encourage youth and their families to be better prepared for disasters by offering safety advice alongside crosswords, coloring pages, matching games and more.

For more information about youth preparedness, visit Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

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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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 Damage Reports
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    **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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