Severe Weather Preparedness
With spring and summer comes the threat of severe weather, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. Will you be ready if severe weather strikes East Peoria?
East Peoria currently has 14 outdoor early warning sirens. 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.
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 reduces 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.
Purchase a weather radio with a battery back-up and severe weather activation tone setting.
Keep an emergency kit in vehicles and homes. Kit contents should include:
- Battery-operated portable radio
- Emergency phone numbers of family and friends
- First aid kit
- Non-perishable food
Don't let an emergency kit break your budget! You can build a budget-friendly family emergency preparedness kit in 24 weeks!
Read the Weekly Steps for Emergency Preparedness Brochure (PDF).
The brochure is courtesy of the Peoria City/County Health Department
Emergency Services Disaster Agency (ESDA)
The fire chief is the Emergency Services Disaster Agency coordinator 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: