From the Desk of Senator Brian W. Stewart: “It’s important to be prepared!”

Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. IEMA is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.

The 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes in California and the thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to recently issue a call on its Facebook page for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois: “The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day!  Teach your family and co-workers the importance of learning how to ‘Drop, Cover and Hold On.’”

IEMA suggests a number of tips for earthquake preparedness, including assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days.

More information can be found at https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/Preparedness/Pages/Earthquake.aspx

 IEMA also created a number of helpful videos, which can be found at https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/Mitigation/Pages/EarthquakeMitigationVideos.aspx.

Recent strong earthquakes in California are prompting calls for earthquake awareness from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. IEMA is also focusing this month on young people learning how to prepare for all emergency situations.

The 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude earthquakes in California and the thousands of aftershocks led IEMA to recently issue a call on its Facebook page for earthquake awareness and preparedness in Illinois: “The recent earthquakes in southern California serve as a stark reminder that earthquakes can happen anywhere in the world and at any time of day!  Teach your family and co-workers the importance of learning how to ‘Drop, Cover and Hold On.’”

IEMA suggests a number of tips for earthquake preparedness, including assessing your home for safety and being prepared for self-sufficiency for 14 days.

More information can be found at Ready.Illinois.gov.

Summer Heat Hits Hard

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is reminding citizens that 120 state facilities serve as cooling centers.

Citizens who need to escape the high heat and humidity can get relief by visiting one of the 120 state facilities.  Cooling centers are located at IDHS offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Chicago.  They will be open to the public during regular business hours.

Citizens can search for the nearest cooling center at www.KeepCool.Illinois.gov. Additional information about the state’s cooling centers is available by calling the IDHS toll-free hotline at 1-800-843-6154.

State Police Recruitment

Seeking to increase the number of Illinois State Troopers, the Illinois State Police are reinstituting a Fast Track Program for current certified police officers.

The Fast Track Program is an accelerated 13-week training program for current police officers, as opposed to the typical 26-week class for new cadets.  To qualify for the Fast Track Program, applicants must be a current certified police officer, a graduate from an accredited law enforcement academy and have at least two years of experience while employed full-time.

According to ISP, individuals interested in applying for a future Fast Track Cadet Class must complete the online application on the ISP Merit Board’s website at https://www.illinoistrooper.com/online-application/.

The Fast Track Program Cadet Class is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

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