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IEMA Encourages Parents to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans

                                     August is School Preparedness Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Students soon will be heading back to school and parents across Illinois are busy getting their children ready for the new school year. As part of School Preparedness Month during August, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encourages parents to include emergency preparedness in those back-to-school plans.

"For many parents, back-to-school planning usually means picking up notebooks, pencils, crayons and other school supplies," said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. "But the new school year is also a good time to make sure you know your school's plans for keeping kids safe during an emergency and for providing your current emergency contact information to school officials."

Monken said no one likes to think about an emergency happening while children are in school or at daycare. However, the tornado that struck two schools in Moore, Okla., in May serves as a reminder that emergency situations can arise during the school day.

Back-to-school planning tips include:
• Know your child's school or day care emergency plan.
• Find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours.
• Ensure your emergency contact information is up-to-date at your child's school.
• Pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is.
• Have a family communications plan and review the plan periodically with your child. The plan should include contact information for an out-of-area family member or friend, since local telephone networks may not work during a major disaster.

Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats. Encourage your college student to sign-up for such alerts. Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers at their child's school.

Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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Former Kankakee football coach found dead at school

{source:  Daily-Journal}

Alec Anderson, the Kankakee High School head football coach from 1987-96, was found dead Wednesday night at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, where he was serving as athletic director.

Anderson, 54, was found next to a treadmill at the school, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. He still resided in Kankakee at the time of his death. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Anderson was arguably the most successful coach in Kankakee history. He led the Kays to eight Illinois High School Association playoff appearances in his 10-year tenure, and the 1995 team reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs, the furthest advancement in school history at the time.

He had a 68-35 career record at Kankakee, and his .660 winning percentage is the highest among men who coached more than one season at the school.

He left Kankakee in 1997 to take a job as assistant principal and athletic director at Urbana High School.

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Motorists Alert: Police Impersonators

There's only been one report, but Illinois State Police confirm an investigation is underway concerning a police impersonator at work.

The lone report happened on I-57 in the Matteson area.

District 21 Master Sgt. Cynthia Hodge said the report is under investigation.

A motorist was stopped by fake police officers driving a Chevy Tahoe, equipped with emergency lights. The motorist reportedly surrendered a driver's license and $100 in cash to the fake officers who then drove away.

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Chebanse Skate Park plans moving forward

A skate park and basketball court project recently gained the approval of the Chebanse Village Board.

The Board approved an estimated $4,000 expense to develop the skate park at a reported cost of $900. The basketball court, which will include equipment and other necessary paint striping, carries a price tag of $3,000. Advertising potential may help defray costs.

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Village of Clifton awarded grant

A $51,000 Rural Development Grant will allow the village of Clifton to install a sewer line extension.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The funding is to be used to install a sewer line that'll benefit small businesses within the community. The funds will create local jobs during the construction period.

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