Illinois Governor declares disaster declaration

hd_winter_storm_information5SPRINGFIELD – January 31, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that state agencies are working together to prepare for a large winter storm expected to hit the Midwest region starting today. Governor Quinn also issued a disaster declaration for the entire state in advance of the heavy snow, ice and blizzard conditions that are expected over the next few days.

“The entire Midwest region of the country is expected to be hit with a serious winter storm over the next few days, and it is important that we are prepared so that Illinois residents are safe and warm in the days ahead,” said Governor Quinn. “We will be increasing efforts to make sure that our roads are clear and that our most vulnerable residents are staying indoors and staying warm.”

Governor Quinn activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield this afternoon to coordinate the state’s response to the storm. Representatives from more than a dozen state agencies will man the SEOC 24 hours a day throughout the storm. “We’re working closely with local emergency management officials throughout the state to monitor conditions and be ready to provide whatever assistance they may need,” said Joe Klinger, interim director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). “But it’s also important that people prepare themselves for
this storm by stocking their homes with food, water, flashlights, radios and other necessities.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police are encouraging drivers to use extra caution on roads and will be increasing efforts to keep motorists safe as driving conditions across the
state become hazardous. Motorists can check the condition of Interstates by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368); or by visiting www.gettingaroundillinois.com and clicking on “Winter Road Conditions.”

Read the entire disaster declaration by clicking here.

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This post was written by qni_it on January 31, 2011

3 Comments so far

  1. lauren January 31, 2011 9:20 PM

    Am I missing something? I get that this is a big snow coming, but do we not live in the midwest?? Telling people to stock up like its the end of the world seems a bit much.

  2. BUB - Belvidere January 31, 2011 9:26 PM

    Actually Lauren having a reasonable supply of food and other supplies (3days to a couple weeks) is just prudent. Some people, usually those in high urban areas, have no food and use their kitchen spaces for clothing storage assuming that they will be able to eat at a restaurant every night. A quick reminder to have 3 days worth of necessities is just good advice. Especially when the shelves are already bare at many grocery stores.

  3. BillNole January 31, 2011 9:43 PM

    I hear what you’re saying BUB, but I think being prepared should be a permanent state and not something we do only when we’re expecting problems to occur. I get that some people are living “on the edge” and unable to afford to have “extra” supplies onhand. I think allowances should be made for these people. The vast, overwhelming majority of people though should be able and prepared to take care of themselves, without counting on putting their hand out and expecting someone else to fill it for them.

    IO grew up in FL, where we ALWAYS had a pantry full of weeks worth of food, oil lamps, and anything we’d need to take care of ourselves in the event of some unforeseen emergency. This grew out of being prepared for hurricane season. My parents extended this to being prepared at all times. I believe everyone should live this way.

    I’m prepared to take care of and protect my own. I’m willing to help others, but not at the risk of mine and especially if someone hasn’t even tried to prepare for themselves.

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