With bitter cold temperatures headed our way this week, Governor JB Pritzker has placed an Emergency Preparedness Plan in action.

Governor Pritzker has issued the following statement and advises the entire state of Illinois to be prepared for the dangerously bitter cold headed our way:

“This is a potentially historic winter storm that will bring extreme cold to our state and all Illinoisans must prepare,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Our administration putting into place an Emergency Preparedness Plan with key state agencies as well as warning residents about these life-threatening conditions. We will continue working with local officials to make sure they get the help they need to keep their communities safe.”

With temps projected to be -35 in central Illinois and colder in the northern part of the state, it is very important to dress appropriately. Hats, gloves, scarves, and layers will come in handy during this winter storm.

Frostbite and hypothermia are major concerns with this type of cold, so make sure you are prepared if you have to go outside for anything. The best thing to do is if you don't have to go anywhere just stay home and stay warm.

There will also be warming centers set up at the Kroc Center (405 Vermont Street), and the Salvation Army Shelter (501 Broadway.)