FEMA to Northern Illinois: 'Stay inside and off the roads'

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- With more than a quarter-inch of ice likely in parts of northern Illinois, the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages drivers to stay off the roads.

“Stay inside and off the roads unless absolutely necessary,” said FEMA Regional Administrator James K. Joseph in a , statement​. “Monitor local weather alerts and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do now to stay safe in the event of an extended power outage.”

FEMA says northern Illinois and parts of the Great Lakes region face their first ice storm warning in nearly a decade.

The organization also are encourages Illinoisans to charge phones and other electronics necessary with power outages potentially affecting the region. FEMA also says to have essentials like water, medications, blankets, flashlights and battery-powered radios handy.

For more information from FEMA on preparing for the ice storm warnings, click here​.