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Locals officials and officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are urging residents to be alert and prepared for strong to severe storms in the coming days.

Village of Oswego officials say that the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather outlook for northern Illinois, including Kendall County, that predicts a large system of scattered thunderstorms beginning Wednesday night and becoming stronger through Thursday.

April marks the beginning of severe weather season in Illinois. While the most severe weather from this particular storm system is expected to strike far south of Kendall County, residents should take this opportunity to prepare for what to do in severe weather all season long.  

Though damaging winds are the primary concern in this particular storm system, hail and isolated tornadoes may also be possible.

IEMA officials urge residents to follow four steps to be better prepared for upcoming severe weather.  

Officials say residents should ensure that each member of your family can receive emergency alerts and notifications.

Wireless emergency alerts for tornado and flash flood warnings are available on most smart phones. FEMA also offers a free mobile app that provides fast and reliable weather alerts from the Nation Weather Service.

Residents should also identify shelter locations at home, work and school.

Shelter locations should preferably be in a basement underneath stairs or a sturdy piece of furniture. If there is no basement, go to an interior hallway or small interior room without windows, get under sturdy furniture and use pillows or cushions to protect your head and neck.

Developing and practicing a family communication plan is key in severe weather events, according to officials. Know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated during a storm or other emergency.

The last step for preparing for severe weather is to review emergency supply kits. To find a list of basic disaster supplies, visit ready.illinois.gov.

For more information about what to do before, during and after a storm, please visit ready.illinois.gov.

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