Gov. Pritzker calls for emergency prepardness plan as severe weather approaches

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker has put an emergency preparedness plan in place in anticipation of severe winter weather in Illinois.

The plan will be carried out by the Illinois Emergency Operations Center, state officials and local emergency management officials.

“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.”

According to the National Weather Service, wind chills could reach negative 55 in northern Illinois, negative 35 in central Illinois and negative 25 in parts of southern Illinois.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has created a list​ of warming centers in the state, listed by county.