Don’t Wait, Evacuate: State, County Leaders Urge Residents to Prepare for Evacuations

State officials are issuing an urgent plea to residents in river communities to prepare for potential evacuations due to the threat of rising floodwaters. Reports indicate this is the longest-lasting flood event since the Great Flood of 1927.  Due to prolonged flooding and recent precipitation, levee saturation levels in critical condition along the Illinois River.  Emergency Management officials and first responders are advising residents in river communities to have a family evacuation-plan in place, in the event you need to evacuate due to rising floodwaters. Flooding has been a factor in 49 deaths across Illinois since 1995. That is more than the number of people killed by tornadoes during the same period.  By waiting to evacuate you put not only yourself at risk, but also the lives of the first responders who are called to assist in an emergency.  Three out of four flood fatalities involve people in vehicles trying to cross flooded roads. Emergency management officials are urging to know the steps to take to keep their family safe in the event of an emergency. Be ready to evacuate. Because families may not be together when an evacuation order comes in, have a family communications plan to ensure everyone has the essential information and knows where to meet up post-evacuation. Follow instructions of local authorities, Have more than one way to receive important weather information, Check on your neighbors. In an effort to encourage everyone in Illinois is prepared for emergencies, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s public preparedness website, Ready Illinois, is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, German, Filipino and more.  To learn more about emergency preparedness for all hazards, man-made or natural, visit







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