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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 21 TO OFFER CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS

PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND WATSEKA WAL-MART EVENT

Ashkum, IL- Illinois State Police District 21 are announcing that they will be putting on a free child safety seat inspection event on Friday, July 27th in the parking lot of the Watseka Wal-Mart located at 1790 East Walnut Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Certified child safety seat technicians from the Safe Kids Coalition of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties will be on site to evaluate whether a child is in the most appropriate child restraint for their height and weight.  District 21 will also have their "Roll-over" truck on hand to demonstrate the importance of child safety seats and seat belts.  No appointment is necessary and any questions can be directed to Trooper Ryan Wilson at (815) 698-2332 ext. 324.

 

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Heat Advisory Wednesday, 'Cooling Centers' Weclome...

...Heat advisory in effect from 11 am to 10 PM Wednesday...

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a heat advisory...which is in effect from 11 am to 10 PM Wednesday.

* Temperatures...will top out between 100 and 104 degrees.

* Heat indices...will peak between 105 and 110 degrees.

* Impacts...these very hot and humid conditions will increase the risk of heat related illnesses. Drink plenty of fluids...Stay in an air conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Take extra precautions...if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.  Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.  Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1.

A heat advisory means that a period of hot weather is expected. High temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when the car interior can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes!

NWS /  www.iqesda.com

 

 

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Weather Cancellation

Weather Update:  Severe Weather cancelled --  Tuesday, 7-24-12  8:10 am

 

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR EAST CNTL WILL.

NORTHEASTERN IROQUOIS & EASTERN KANKAKEE COUNTIES IS CANCELLED.

THE LINE OF STORMS WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAVE MOVED OUT OF THE WARNED AREA.

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Severe Weather Warning / Watches

National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Severe T-Storm Warning for Kankakee...Grundy...Will Counties in Illinois AND parts of NW Indiana until at least 7:15 am --- Tuesday, July 24, 2011

Severe T-Storm Watch is in effect for Iroquois & Ford County...

 

...Very hot weather returns on Wednesday...

Temperatures reaching or exceeding 100 degrees are likely on Wednesday across north central and east central Illinois into Northwest Indiana. Combined with the moisture in the air...heat index readings may exceed 105 degrees. This can add extra stress to the body if you work or spend time outside. Plan ahead and consider taking extra precautions for Wednesday. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

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Governor Quinn Seeks More Drought Help

Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the U.S. secretary of agriculture to issue a disaster declaration for an additional 69 Illinois counties. That means the state has now asked the USDA to declare all 102 Illinois counties as disaster areas under USDA rules because of the drought.

In his letter to the secretary, Quinn says farmers are “experiencing significant losses due to a persistent, unprecedented, statewide heat and drought.”

Under USDA rules, a county automatically qualifies for a disaster designation once it is categorized by the U.S. Drought Monitor as being in a severe drought for eight or more consecutive weeks during the growing season. Farmers in USDA disaster-designated areas can seek assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans. Those in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for assistance.

Last week Quinn toured a family farm in Waltonville where, as in much of the state, the corn crop has been hit hard by the drought.

Twenty-six counties have already been declared disaster areas by the USDA. Those include: Alexander, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson.

http://www.drought.illinois.gov/

 

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