Windhorst announces emergency response efforts for flood-ravaged Illinois
State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Harrisburg) has mounted a relief effort after two months of record rains across Illinois have damaged crops as well as commercial and residential property.
According to a news release on Windhorst’s website, the state legislator has been coordinating with the Illinois Emergency Management Association and state officials, resulting in the callout of 140 National Guard troops to mitigate rising floodwaters. In addition, he announced that the Red Cross and Zion United Methodist Church are operating a shelter for evacuated residents at 3652 state Highway Z in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
He also shared a protocol for families in the affected areas that includes preparing an emergency bag ahead of time to avoid being caught off guard when an evacuation is necessary and initiating a plan for communicating with family members who might be separated and specifying where to meet.
Keeping up to date through TV, radio and the Internet regarding weather conditions and checking on neighbors’ safety round out the list of recommendations.
“I would like to thank the Red Cross, the National Guard and the men and women working with our various state and local agencies for everything they have done and are continuing to do as we deal with this difficult event,” Windhorst added.