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IEMA, National Weather Service, Local EMAs Encourage People to Prepare for Winter Weather
November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD - The winter of 2013-14 is one Illinois residents won't soon forget. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the frigid temperatures and snowy weather experienced statewide made for the worst winter conditions in nearly 40 years. Chicago recorded the coldest December through March in its history, and temperatures statewide were the fourth coldest on record.






Breast Cancer Awareness

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mammography is a vital tool for early detection of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent when it is detected early.

Accurate mammography results are critical for diagnosing breast cancer. To ensure mammography in Illinois is performed accurately and meets high standards, experts from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) inspect nearly 360 mammography facilities throughout the state each year. Illinois is one of only four states in the nation approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) to certify mammography facilities.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, if you haven't already, please remember to schedule your mammogram, or to encourage the women in your life to schedule one.

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IEMA & Image Gently® Campaign Expands to Dentistry: Urges Dental Professionals to Child-Size Radiation Dose

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The Image Gently® campaign has developed online educational and scientific materials to help dental professionals optimize radiation dose used in imaging exams performed on children. Image Gently has also produced downloadable materials to help parents ask more informed questions of their dental providers whenever scans are recommended for their children.






US Department of Transportation

 

May 7, 2014:

Emergency US DOT Order Requiring Crude Oil Rail Shipment Notifications to State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs)

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School and Campus Safety Grants

School and Safety Grants

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today announced grant awards totaling $25 million to enhance security at 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. The grants will support 1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass, physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety for students, staff and visitors.






Urban Areas Security Initiative - Nonprofit Security Grant

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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Illinois Terrorism Task Force received an announcement on March 18, 2014 by the Grants Program Directorate/FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security of a grant opportunity that nonprofit organizations in one of the FY 2014 UASI-eligible urban areas, including the Chicago Urban Area of Cook County and the City of Chicago, are eligible to apply for. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 UASI Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)will provide a total of $13,000,000 nationally to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations who are deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack.

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Tier 2 Reporting

The deadline for filing 2013 Tier 2 Reports is Saturday, March 1, 2014

Two(2) Federal changes for 2013:

1.) Federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) 1910.1200 includes new definitions of physical hazard and health hazard. New HCS 2012 also contains new 16-part Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format.

2.) Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Amendment includes additional facility and chemical information fields.

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Potassium Iodide

Potassium Iodide Now Available at Additional Pharmacies for Residents within 10 Miles of Nuclear Power Plants

SPRINGFIELD - People living within a 10-mile radius of the state's six operating nuclear power plants can now obtain their free Potassium Iodide (KI) pills from one of 64 participating pharmacies. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today announced the addition of 16 Community Pharmacy Prescription Network pharmacies to the distribution program. The pills are also available at 48 participating Walgreens stores.



New Law Requires Radon Testing in Day Care Centers

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SPRINGFIELD – Parents of children in day care will be better informed about levels of radon in their child's facility under a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2013. Licensed day care centers and day care homes are now required to test for the radioactive gas, and beginning Jan. 1, 2014, day care centers will need to show proof the facility has been tested for radon within the last three years as part of the initial application or license renewal process.

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Additional information on this program can be found on Ready.Illinois.gov





The 2012 Emergency Response Guidebooks (ERG's) have arrived in Illinois

  • IEMA is in the process of getting the ERG's to the distribution sites throughout Illinois. NOT All sites have been supplied yet.
  • Only governmental first response agencies and EMS are provided free ERG's through the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
  • We have received enough ERG's to provide 1 book for every first response vehicle.
  • 2008 ERG's should be used for training and classrooms.
  • All private industry should contact the USDOT for purchasing information.
  • IEMA will not be mailing these books out due to cost reductions. The links below provide distribution information.
  • Summary of changes from the 2008 ERG.
We are asking that fire departments/EMS pick their ERG's up from fire departments on the fire department distribution list, law enforcement agencies pick their ERG's up from the MTU's and EMA/public works pick their ERG's up from IEMA Regional Offices or IEMA central offices. NOT ALL distribution Sites have received their books yet. More distribution sites will be added as we get them out. CONTACT THE SITES PRIOR TO PICKUP."



Radon Safety Month

IEMA Highlights Radiation Safety in December

Agency Programs Protect People from Radiation Hazards

SPRINGFIELD – While the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is widely recognized for its efforts in emergency preparedness and response to events such as floods, tornadoes and blizzards, the agency also administers more than two dozen radiation safety programs that help protect people every day from unnecessary exposure to radiation.

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Governor Quinn Launches Grassroots Pension Reform Effort

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CHICAGO – November 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today launched an Internet grassroots campaign to increase public awareness about the need for pension reform in Illinois. Relaying a message from the next generation to today’s leaders, the "Thanks in Advance" public awareness campaign is part of the This is My Illinois initiative designed to educate citizens about the "squeeze" caused by skyrocketing pension costs, and activate them to advocate for pension reform using tech tools like Facebook, Twitter and email.

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