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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • American Red Cross shares tips as tornado sirens begin testing again

  • CENTRAL ILLINOIS— On Tuesday, March 4, the town of Washington will sound its tornado sirens for the first time since the November tornado. The emergency weather sirens will sound at 10 a.m. and will run for three minutes.
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  • CENTRAL ILLINOIS— On Tuesday, March 4, the town of Washington will sound its tornado sirens for the first time since the November tornado. The emergency weather sirens will sound at 10 a.m. and will run for three minutes.
    The American Red Cross would like to share a few things to remember.
    Sirens are warnings and are not meant to scare people but to keep people safe. Sirens save lives. The most important thing is knowing what to do when a siren sounds. Knowing what to do in a situation beyond control is everything. A person can’t control weather but can choose how to react to weather or sirens.
    Each month that the sirens are tested are going to be a trigger, not only for the children but some adults as well. Build time into the day for kids to stop and talk about it if they need and adults, make sure to work through these feelings and triggers as they come up. This is a healthy process in creating a “new normal.”
    The American Red Cross is offering a few tips for individuals to remember when dealing with post tornado emotions:
     • Talk with someone about feelings — anger, sorrow, and other emotions — even though it may be difficult.
    • Take steps to promote physical and emotional healing by staying active in daily life patterns or by adjusting them. (i.e. healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, meditation.)
    • Maintain a normal household and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities of yourself and your family.
    • Establish a family emergency plan. Feeling that there is something one can do can be very comforting.
    For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/prepare.
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