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Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness

Building an emergency kit

With spring and summer comes the threat of severe weather, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. Will you be ready if severe weather strikes East Peoria?

Severe storm rolling over East PeoriaTornado sirens
POLICY ENSURES ACCURATE WARNINGS!

East Peoria currently has 14 outdoor early warning sirens, with plans to add one additional siren in the future. The five oldest sirens are the rotating style. The nine newest sirens are an omni-directional, stacked speaker style. All sirens have battery back-up systems and are activated by East Peoria Telecommunications Center personnel.

 Tornado siren locations 

Based on National Weather Service recommendations, the City of East Peoria follows a policy to ensure accurate warning siren activation. City personnel will closely monitor the National Weather Service storm warnings. Sirens will be activated only if East Peoria, Creve Coeur, Morton, Washington or Peoria is listed as a city in a storm's path. In years past, sirens were activated if a storm was located anywhere in Tazewell County. East Peoria's policy will reduce the number of false alarms for city residents. As a result, when East Peorians hear the sirens they will know a storm is approaching quickly and should take cover.

All the sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., as long as Tazewell County is not under any severe weather advisory at that time. The monthly test consists of three parts:

  • Steady blast mode - 30 seconds.
  • Oscillating mode - 30 seconds.
  • Voice message announcement portion.

Citizens should remember that the sirens are outside early warning devices.



Personal preparedness
Citizens are encouraged to purchase a weather radio with a battery back-up and a severe weather activation tone setting. The weather channel can either be monitored 24 hours a day or automatically activated in the event of a severe weather alert, either a watch or a warning, or some type of other emergency situation. In addition, residents should keep a basic survival kit in their vehicles and homes. The kit should contain items including flashlights, battery-operated portable radio, battery-operated weather radio, drinking water, emergency telephone numbers of family and friends, a cellular telephone, blankets, some non-perishable foods, first aid kit, etc. For more information, contact Fire Chief William Darin.

Don't let an emergency kit break your budget! You can build a budget-friendly family emergency preparedness kit in 24 weeks!
Weekly Steps for Emergency Preparedness Brochure (courtesy of the Peoria City/County Health Department)


About ESDA
The fire chief is the Emergency Services Disaster Agency director for the City of East Peoria, and works with the Tazewell County ESDA director to ensure the emergency plan for both natural disasters and other major emergencies is kept current. Tazewell County is part of  Homeland Security Region 10. There are five counties in this group - Tazewell, Peoria, Woodford, Stark and Marshall.



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