Time to prepare for ice and snow in Illinois


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Snow and ice are around the corner in Illinois and state and federal officials are urging people to spend November making sure they're prepared.

Officials from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross said Thursday they have compiled a winter storm preparedness guide.

Severe winter weather can cause widespread power outages and hazardous driving. So officials say emergency supply kits should be available for home and car.

A home kit should have supplies to last three days. Battery-powered flashlights and weather radios should be included with non-perishable food, water and a first-aid kit.

Cars and trucks should care a cell phone charger, flashlight, extra batteries, snack foods and water, blankets and extra clothing and more.

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