In case a Sharknado ever hits C-U

Updated: Jun 27, 2018

"If you don't like the weather in Illinois... just wait a day." -Literally Every Person in Illinois

This could be C-U on the 4th of July some year

Per the usual in Central Illinois, we've seen just about every season in just a month or so. One day it's sunny and 75 and I'm enjoying a cold one on my porch. Then, the next day, I'm digging out my Yak Traks to prepare for the ice storm rolling in.

Since we live in this unpredictable, crazy land called Illinois, we need to know how to be prepared for whatever mother nature brings our way.

Now, I know it's unlikely that a Sharknado will ever hit C-U (or anywhere for that matter), but not much surprises me anymore when it comes to crazy weather. It's time to buckle down and just prepare for the worse.

Being prepared for emergency situation due to weather conditions can mean the difference between life and death in some situations. Make sure you and your family have a plan for when severe weather strikes. Whether it is a flood, tornado, or power outage, there are steps you can take to better prepare for an emergency.

First, talk with your family and come up with a plan. All members of your family should know what the plans is and what to do in each emergency situation. The following are examples of planning questions:

· What is the safest place in your home during a tornado?

· What is your family’s evacuation route during an emergency?

· Where should your family meet if anybody gets separated from the group?

Once you have a plan for your family, put together an emergency kit. It’s important that everyone knows where the kit is kept and how to use the items in it.

Items to have in your kit:

· AM/FM weather radio (battery, solar powered, or wind up)

· Batteries

· Compass

· Extra clothing

· First Aid kit

· Flashlight

· Mess kit

· Non-perishable food

· Plastic storage bags

· Sleeping bag

· Soap

· Tent

· Utility knife

· Water/ water filtration system

· Whistle

Champaign Outdoors carries a wide variety of all items listed above. Visit the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency’s website for full lists of disaster kit supplies and advice on how to prepare for an emergency.