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Personal Emergency Preparedness Takes Pressure Off First Responders

(Undated) -- Tornadoes, fires, floods and other disasters can strike at almost any time, and during Preparedness Month, state leaders are reminding Illinois residents about the importance of being ready for an emergency. Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Jonathon Monken says people should have a plan in place that will keep their family safe in the event they find themselves without power, heat, or clean running water. He lists important items for an emergency kit as one gallon of drinking water per person, per day, non-perishable foods that can last up to three days, flashlights, blankets, and first aid supplies. He adds it's also wise to have a family plan of action that includes how to contact one another in the event of a disaster.

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