(SPRINGFIELD) Although winter weather is the immediate concern for most Illinoisans, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging statewide residents to take time to prepare for the possibility of an earthquake. In addition to the New Madrid Seismic Zone, where some of Illinois’ largest earthquakes have occurred, the downstate region is also adjacent to the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, where the most recent quakes have occurred in Southeastern Illinois. There are several steps people can take to help prevent injuries and property damage at home. IEMA offers several short videos online to help with do-it-yourself earthquake home mitigation projects. That’s online at www.illinois.gov/iema. Plus many other earthquake preparedness tips and additional information is online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation is continuing to accept entries for its logo design contest, although the March 1, 2018 deadline is fast approaching. With the Illinois State Police set to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2022, the Foundation wants a new logo that will be used to make new patches, car decals, letterheads, commemorative stars, challenge coins, yearbooks, apparel, and much more. While the contest is open to all active and retired State Police employees and the general public, the logo design judging criteria includes professionalism, theme, color, integrity, and nostalgia. For more details on the requirements and other information, check the Foundation’s website at http://isphf.org/logo-contest.