(SPRINGFIELD) With the threat of accumulating snow this weekend, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency began yesterday coordinating with other state agencies on response capabilities if assistance were to become necessary. While the National Weather Service has issued multiple statewide winter storm watches for tonight through Sunday, a good portion of Illinois’ expected to be hit by heavy amounts of snow. State and local emergency officials urge the public to take time now to prepare families, homes, and vehicles for everything from a dusting of snow to a major winter storm, regardless of where one lives and/or works. For tips on staying safe at home and on the road, check the Winter Weather Preparedness Guide developed by IEMA and the National Weather Service. It’s available on the state’s website, at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.