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IEMA Highlights Employee Disaster Preparedness

Home, Workplace Emergency Planning Can Protect Employees

SPRINGFIELD – Recent widespread flooding affected many businesses and their employees in Illinois. While most disasters can’t be prevented, emergency planning can help businesses keep employees safe in the workplace, and home emergency plans can keep those employees safe in their homes.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is highlighting employee preparedness throughout May as part of its 2013 preparedness campaign.

“Businesses that emphasize emergency preparedness both in the workplace and for their employees at home help protect their most important assets, their employees,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “Throughout May, we’re encouraging businesses to take a look at their workplace emergency plans, conduct safety drills and encourage their employees to put together a home emergency supply kit and family communications plan.”

Monken said his agency plans to provide preparedness information and tips to staff throughout May.

Businesses that don’t already have an emergency plan should start by assessing the threats in their area, such as tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes or blizzards. Using that assessment, develop a plan that addresses each threat, taking into consideration time of day and different shifts. It’s also important to include a way to monitor hazardous weather, such as a NOAA weather alert radio, as well as a system for alerting employees of approaching hazards.

Businesses should practice the emergency plan regularly so employees are familiar with the actions to take if a real emergency occurs.

Employers can help employees be better prepared for emergencies at home by providing information on how to assembly a home emergency supply kit and develop a family communications plan, as well as the importance of a weather alert radio in the home. Information on these and other preparedness topics is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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Former Township Supervisor gets prison time for cheating IRS

Cheating the IRS out of $66,000 has resulted in a year and –a-half prison term for a former Pembroke Township Supervisor.

Larry Gibbs was sentenced (this week) to federal prison for cheating the Internal Revenue Service.

He was ordered to report to prison June 12th.

Gibbs pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return in 2005 and fraudulently obtaining the refund.

Federal prosecutors say Gibbs tried two more times to claim false refunds totaling more than $159,000. But he never received the money.

Following his indictment in May of 2012, Gibbs resigned from his township position.

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IMH offers health screenings to public

Iroquois Memorial Hospital welcomes the public to take advantage of health screenings next week. Quarterly health screenings will be offered in the Main Lobby at IMH Tuesday, May 14 from 7:30 ‘til 10:30 am.

In addition to the usual screenings, FREE Hemoglobin A1c Screenings for known Diabetes are included. The AQ1c is a specialized blood test recommended for those with Diabetes or those newly diagnosed.

This a $99 value. Fifty (50) tests can be provided free of charge during the health screenings. This is made possible thru grant funds received by the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, thru the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control.

Other Free screenings offered Tuesday will include Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar / Glucose, Vision Screening and Pulse Oxygen Level.

Questions can be directed to 815-432-7912.

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Vermilion County Burglaries Solved

Two men in police custody in Vermilion County and facing charges for s series of burglaries. Sheriff's Police report the investigation is on-going, and more arrests are possible.

21-year-old Dylan Fletcher and 28-year-old Shawn Lowenstein....both from the Oakwood area....are each facing multiple counts of burglary and criminal trespassing.

The arrests have cleared 18 recent residential or vehicle burglaries in the Oakwood area.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

Letter Carriers will be helping to stamp out hunger on Saturday (5/11).  The National Association of Letter Carriers will be participating in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Locally, several area letter carriers have participated in the food drive the last 18 years.

On Saturday residents are asked to help feed the hungry in our area by placing non-perishable food items near your mailbox.  Letter Carriers will pick-up the items and see that they are delivered to the local food pantries.

To confirm whether your post office is participating, you can call your local post office.

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