State offers new source for disaster information

Jayette Bolinski

Illinois residents have a new resource for disaster and disaster-preparedness information, state officials announced Thursday morning.

The Ready Illinois Web site, www.ready.Illinois.gov, is a clearinghouse of information about what people can do before emergencies happen, what to do once a disaster has occurred and tips for recovery after the event.

The site also has a red button that will appear during actual emergencies and disasters, which users can click on to find out information about such things as power outages, road closures, shelters, emergency response and other resources.

“This is going to give every citizen the means to look at what to do before a disaster, what you should think about with your children, your pets, maybe with your senior citizens and disabled individuals,” said Col. Jill Morgenthaler, the governor’s deputy chief of staff for public safety.

“And during a disaster, it will talk about means of response, such as during flooding how long should you boil your water and who should you call for help.”

Following a disaster, the site will have such information as how to get assistance and mental health information for post-event stress.

Morgenthaler said the site is comprehensive, but state officials want to hear from users if there is something missing that would be useful to them.

“We tried to do the best job we could, but if there are any gaps we would like to know,” she said.

Jayette Bolinski can be reached at (217) 788-1530 or jayette.bolinski@sj-r.com.