EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- First responders met with members of the public Thursday night for a forum on disaster preparedness.
Speakers included the East Peoria and Elmwood Mayors along with State Police and tornado survivors.
Officials gave advice on what to have in an emergency kit and what to do if a disaster does strike.
One tornado survivor said she has completely changed the way she looks at emergency preparedness.
"We never really had a plan of actually where to go because we always thought we'd be back upstairs in 20 to 30 minutes after the weather passed," said Washington tornado survivor Sally Williams. "So now we have a plan. We have a backpack for each of us down there full of clothes."
Williams said her family's home was destroyed by the tornado.
They plan on building a disaster shelter as part of their new home.