RESIDENTS NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR TORNADOES
Residents are being warned to be prepared for bad weather during tornado season. Sometimes tornadoes can come with little warning, even though meteorologists can often spot the signs of outbreaks before they happen. There are several things you can do to help be prepared if a tornado hits your area. During a tornado, move into a central location of the building you are in that is surrounded by interior walls like a hall or closet and do not open windows. Hiding under a heavy worktable or under a set of stairs will help protect you from crumbling walls, chimneys, and debris.
If you live in a mobile home park ask the manager of the park where you should go in the event of a tornado. Some mobile home parks may have a designated shelter. Also make sure that you have a disaster supplies kit that contains a first aid kit, battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries, non-perishable food, shoes and gloves. Signs that a tornado is coming can include the sky turning a greenish or greenish-black color; a strange quiet that occurs within or shortly after the thunderstorm; and clouds moving fast, especially in a rotating pattern. Tornadoes have been known to make the sound of a railroad train or a jet. You can also pick up dirt, rocks, or leaves and drop them out of your hand. If they make a rotation pattern on the way to the ground, that is also another sign that a tornado could be coming. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, not just during tornado season.
NATIONAL ROAD MEETING IN GREENVILLE
The National Road Association of Illinois is meeting tonight at 6:30pm in Greenville at the Bradford Room. One of the topics will be the informational kiosks that will be featured in participating towns along the National Road corridor. Earlier this month, the association elected its slate of officers for the year. Serving as president is Mary Truitt, representing Fayette County. Board members from Bond County are George Gobberdiehl and John Coleman. The annual National Road Festival is June 17th, which coincides with Dairy Day in Greenville. Anyone interested in the National Road is welcome to attend tonight’s meeting.
BUYING STAMPS GO TO GOOD CAUSE
The next time you buy a stamp you can also help out a good cause. The United States Postal Service has come out with a Breast Cancer Awareness stamp, which is the first United States Postage Stamp in history to have its net proceeds above the cost of postage earmarked for a research organization. Smithboro Post Office Post Master Karen Creek said that the stamp has been available since 1998 and since then it has raised $48.6 million towards research.
It is a first-class stamp worth 45 cents with the remaining six-cents going towards research.
Money that is raised from the stamp will help to find a cure for breast cancer. If you have any questions about the stamp you can call Karen Creek at 664-2095. You can go to any post office to purchase the stamp and help out a good cause.
PHOTO ENFORCEMENT UP AND RUNNING
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have announced that photo speed enforcement is now up and running on Interstate 64 in St. Clair County, by Fairview Heights. Illinois has recently enacted new, tougher laws to discourage speeding within construction areas with fines for speeding beginning at $375. The penalty for hitting a worker in a construction zone could include jail time and fines reaching to as much as $10,000. The new photo-enforcement vehicle will continue to be active in work zones throughout Illinois in an effort to make construction areas safer for both workers and motorists. On Friday, 116 violations were documented in two hours of activity. Captain Jay Keeven, Commander of the Illinois State Police District 11, said that in the future they hope to not issue any citations because the goal is safety through compliance. The Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation urge motorists to reduce their speed, exercise added caution, and have patience in and around all work activities.