The threat of potential life-threatening, record-breaking wind chills has prompted the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to begin coordinating with other state agencies on response capabilities if assistance were to become necessary.
Emergency Closing Center has a compiled list of school closings that can be found by clicking here.
To find a warming center near you click here.
It is important to check in with your neighbors. Please direct any seniors that you know may need help to the Senior HelpLine 1800-252-8966.
Metra and PACE have warned of delays:
Click Here to see the latest delays and current Metra Schedule
Due to the extreme cold weather forecast for the Chicago region this week, Metra will operate a modified schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Modified schedules for each Metra line can be found here.
All ADA Paratransit Subscription Trips for Tuesday, January 29 through Thursday, January 31 have been canceled. Service delays and destination closures caused by hazardous weather conditions are expected.
Pace and Metra warn that if you still wish to travel, please confirm that the destination you are traveling to is open and then call to make a reservation the day before your trip.
- Familiarize yourself with the various weather alert definitions, so you know how to keep your family safe;
- Winterize your home and take steps to prevent frozen water pipes;
- Don’t wait. Communicate. Create and discuss emergency plans for you and your family;
- Charge your mobile devices before any storm;
- Build a home emergency kit with items such as food, water, medications, NOAA weather radio, flashlight, and spare batteries;
- Stock your vehicle with the emergency items such as a first aid kit, phone charger, blankets, extra clothes, jumper cables, kitty litter or sand, a flashlight and snow scraper in the event you must travel;
- If you lose power, seek out a warming center in your area until the power can be restored.
As the winter storm approaches, public safety officials urge residents to stay ahead of the storm by following the watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a free mobile app that once downloaded allows you to receive emergency alerts and information for up to five different locations. Enabling alerts on your mobile device is an essential preparedness tool that allows you to receive important lifesaving information regardless of whether you are at home, work or traveling.