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Local EMA Director Says Brace For Extreme Cold

 width=Following a Tuesday snow, temperatures in central Illinois are expected to be bitter cold.

DeWitt County Emergency Management Agency Director, Teresa Barnett says after the Tuesday snow, temperatures are going to be dangerously cold, as wind chills will be consistently around zero, and below.

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Kids return to school Tuesday and Barnett advises parents bundle their kids up to keep them warm, whether they are walking to school or taking the bus.

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Residents are likely to be back to work this week, and Barnett encourages preparing your vehicle with items such as water, small snacks, blankets and items that can be used as traction such as kittie litter or sand. She also notes getting your vehicle checked out to make sure it is in good condition is a good idea.

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During an extended cold-spell, like what we are expecting, Barnett indicates the power going is a definite possibility. She says if power should go out, they will activate their warming centers across the County.

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Barnett encourages residents to sign up for the CodeRed alert system. She explains it will notify residents of power outages and where warming centers are in the event they are needed. She adds those come through phone calls, text messages or even emailing them.

To sign up for the CodeRed system, visit the County's website, www.dewittcountyill.com or visit the City of Clinton's website, clintonillinois.com.

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