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National Preparedness Month Tour Announced

National Preparedness Month Tour Announced


(BENTON-ILLINOIS) National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency’s Bureau of Preparedness has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension to conduct a countywide tour of events throughout Franklin County aimed to observe National Preparedness Month and highlight the preparedness, mitigation and prevention of emergencies. The public will be able to stop by any scheduled event and pick up information on how plan and prepare for emergencies, register to win a NOAA all-hazards alert radio, have any currently owned customer supplied NOAA radio programmed and check out program opportunities offered by U of I Extension. Our team has also partnered the National Weather Service to offer Basic Skywarn Storm Spotter Training during the tour!

Scheduled Tour Events

09/02/2023 – Zeigler Homecoming – Our booth will be available on the Circle after the parade from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

09/09/2023 – Benton – Rend Lake Car Show – Come visit the team on the Southwest corner of the Square in Capitol Park from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

09/13/2023 – West City – Storm Spotter Training! – Join us at the University of Illinois Extension Office located at 1212 Ag Street, Benton, IL 62812. The National Weather Service will present Basic Skywarn Storm Spotter Training! The session starts at 6:00 PM! To learn more visit: https://www.weather.gov/pah/spottertraining

09/16/2023 – Christopher – Made Rite, 103 W Sylvia Ave, Christopher, IL 62822 – Grab a Made Rite and come by our table as we serve up all the information you need to know about disasters from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

09/23/2023 – Sesser City Park – Grilling with Hometown Heroes. Meet your local hometown heroes, enjoy some good food and stop by our booth from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM!

09/30/2023 – Thompsonville – Cave Eastern Fire Protection District – Station 1. Stop by to meet our team and your local Cave-Eastern Firefighters from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Are you part of a community, volunteer, club or faith based organization that would like to assist during times of disaster? If so, please consider signing up for our new Community Organizations Active in Disaster Program! The program is a collaborative initiative brought to you by the University of Illinois Extension and the Emergency Management Agencies of Franklin, Williamson, Perry, Jackson and Randolph Counties. Learn more and sign up today at www.franklincountyil.gov/coad-registration.