Seasonal Awareness

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Preparing for inclement weather or assistance during and/or after a severe weather event.

Warming Cooling Centers

Warming and Cooling Centers
Planning for periods of severe cold or heat:

During a heat emergency, cooling centers may be available at various points around Madison County. 

During a cold emergency, warming centers may be available at various points around Madison County.

List of Warming/Cooling Centers

Severe Weather

Severe weather

Severe weather is typically associated with thunderstorms in Madison County, however “severe” can occur any time of the year — spring, summer, fall or winter.

Thunderstorms bring on strong winds, hail, flash floods and tornadoes and can cause power outages, however winter storms can be just as severe.

It’s important to be prepared and know what steps to take when a disaster strikes.  

One of the most important steps is to sign up to receive warnings and alerts. Also, visit the National Weather Service’s website for up-to-date weather predictions.

Severe weather can happen at any time and anywhere. Practice your emergency plans regularly so that everyone in your home or office knows what to do when a severe weather warning is issued.

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Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Some floods develop slow over a period of days or weeks, while others may come on in a “flash.”

Floods are the most common natural disaster and flash flooding is the most dangerous type. Since 1980, flood damage in the U.S. has on average cost more than $4 billion every year.

The best way to stay safe from flash flooding is to be prepared, heed warnings and stay away from flood waters. 

Information on Madison County Flood maps and reports are available at the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council and the U.S. Corps of Engineers, St. Louis.

Information about flood preparedness and cleanup can be found at:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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