Illinois urges residents to prepare for severe weather

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are warning residents to prepare for potentially severe weatherforecast for large parts of the state.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency issued an alert Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting damaging winds with hail and tornadoes possible Wednesday night and into Thursday.

IEMA officials say residents should stay aware of forecasts and be ready to act quickly if severe weather warnings are sounded.

Alicia Tate-Nadeau (TAYT’-na-DOH’) is IEMA director. She says families should ensure that each member can receive emergency alerts and notices.

She says families discuss and identify safety shelters at home, work and at school. A family communication plan should be developed and practices.

And always review and re-stock your emergency supply kit with water, food and more.