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Winter Storm Departing Northeast; Cold Front To Deliver Locally Heavy Snow for the Northern To Southern Rockies and Upper Midwest

The early season, record winter storm is gradually departing the Northeast U.S. today but lingering impacts of heavy snow, mixed precipitation, in gusty winds and coastal flooding continue. Meanwhile, a cold front plunging through the Upper Midwest and Front Range of the Rockies will produce localized heavy snow from North Dakota to southern Minnesota and from the northern to central Rockies. Read More >

Frequently Requested Resources

Hazardous Weather Strategy Guides

Alerting Systems

 

With technology today, there are many ways to be alerted to weather warnings.  The most important point is to be intentional and proactive:  

  1. Have multiple ways to receive warnings.
  2. Know which hazards alert on the various systems.
  3. Choose the alert methods that work best for you in different situations (at home, at the ball park, etc.).
  4. React quickly when the hazard occurs. 

Some Types of Alerting Systems

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Family Preparedness


Any time of year, there are three simple steps you can take to be more prepared:

Build a kit. Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days.  

Make a plan. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do. 

Be Aware. Learn about the hazards that can affect your community, and learn how to get information about current weather and road conditions.

 

Dig deeper at beready.iowa.gov or ready.illinois.gov


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Especially for Storm Spotters


Trained storm spotters play a critical role in effective and timely warning decisions. If you are already a spotter, thank you!  If not, please learn more below!

Resources for Spotters 

Spotters and Amateur Radio

About Storm Spotters

 

 

Especially for Emergency Managers

 

Operations:

Preparedness:
  • StormReady (Local Page)
  • StormReady (National Page)
  • County-by-County Risk Assessment - coming soon
Training:

Other: