Preparing for the storm

By WEEK Producer

April 20, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:16 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One day after a county-wide tornado drill, the Peoria City-County Health Department is asking you to consider another step to prepare yourself in the event of a disaster.

Friday, the health department, along with East Peoria, stressed the importance of preparing for a significant event, like a tornado or earthquake, beforehand.

They said something everyone should have one hand is an emergency supply kit with the basic necessities.

"You have to have water, a gallon of water per person per day," explained Jason Marks, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. "Food items, canned food items and non-perishables. And something important with that is a hand operated can opener. A radio, so you can keep up with things going on, that is how information is going to be sent out to the public."

The Code-Red Emergency Notification System was also demonstrated today.

In the event of a disaster, the system is how various local officials will be alerted of a natural disaster. It covers Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall and Stark counties.

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