Governor J-B Pritzker is adding Williamson County to the existing disaster proclamation to help keep communities safe. 

Flood Preparedness Tour Makes First Stop In Murphysboro

Jan 15, 2020
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Emergency Management officials are launching a flood prep tour throughout the state.

The events are for residents and local governments.

The 2019 flood in southern Illinois is going to be a costly one.

In Jackson County alone, preliminary flood damage reports turned into the Illinois Emergency Management Agency total just over $7 million.

State of Illinois

Illinois Gov. J-B Pritzker is urging residents to report flood damage to their county's emergency management agencies.

He says that will increase the likelihood the state will qualify for federal disaster aid.

With near-record flooding and a serious delay in the planting season, Governor JB Pritzker is trying to ensure Illinois farmers can access all available state resources.

State of Illinois

It's Flood Safety Awareness Week and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding about some steps you can take to protect your home.

As spring rolls around, I-EMA says it's important to prepare your home for potential flooding. Spokesperson Rebecca Clark says that includes making sure you have flood insurance.

State of Illinois

Illinois' governor and acting head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency surveyed the flooding in southernmost Illinois.

After receiving an emergency response briefing in Metropolis Tuesday, Governor J-B Pritzker said state government will be proactive in helping communities deal with natural disasters.

A recent poll conducted by the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency on how many people have a working NOAA All-Hazards Radio yielded a response of 50/50.

The agency says it thinks Santa needs to bring a few people some peace of mind this year by giving the gift of a NOAA radio for the Holidays.


The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to be prepared for Monday's eclipse.

For starters... Trooper Joey Watson says you need to plan on a lot of traffic in southern Illinois...especially on Interstate 57, Highway 51 and Route 13.

Benjy Jeffords, WSIU

Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Authorities are searching for a missing radioactive container in Illinois and Indiana.