Illinois officials warn residents to be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather

As officials in Nashville provide updates after deadly tornadoes ripped through their city early Tuesday morning, Illinois officials want residents to be prepared for tornado season and other potentially dangerous weather.

Several tornadoes ripped through the Nashville area Monday night into Tuesday morning, killing at least 24 and injuring dozens more. Hours later, Illinois’ monthly tornado siren tests went off across the state.

Rebecca Clark with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said residents need to be ready for the next potentially dangerous storm.

“Building a culture of preparedness is how we increase disaster readiness in our everyday lives,” she said.

Every home, Clark said, should have emergency equipment such as flashlights, first aid supplies and a NOAA weather radio.

“Much like the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that we have in our home, NOAA weather radios are a key device that all families should have,” she said.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois is March 1 to March 7 and March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month.

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