CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — For municipal leaders and community organizers across the state, 2019 flooding presented a host of challenges that tested the capabilities of their emergency response systems and the plans that support them. According to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, this was the fifth consecutive year that the U.S. experienced ten or more extreme weather events where the economic impact of each exceeded 1 billion dollars.
With a disproportionate number of those events impacting the Midwest region, it seems clear that time spent preparing for weather-related disasters improves a community’s ability to respond and recover from adverse events.
Municipal employees and community organizers interested in learning how to support families, businesses, and local organizations during weather- and climate-related events are invited to attend Preparing for Extreme Weather a webinar to be held at noon on Thursday, March 26. Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford will discuss the science and impacts of climate change as they relate to water in Illinois, and Sally McConkey, Illinois State Water Survey engineer and hydrologist, will explain where to find floodplain information and how to interpret a floodplain map.
To register for this Webinar visit: https://go.illinois.edu/extremeweather
— University of Illinois Extension
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