Tom Skilling Weather Day

Severe weather season is in full swing.

That’s why WGN’s Chief Meteorologist, Tom Skilling, visited Naperville to share the importance of being prepared.

The event, put on by Walgreens, WGN, and Midland Weather Alert Radios allowed Skilling meet and take photos with fans at the Walgreens store on Raymond Drive.

While there, visitors could also speak with representatives from the Naperville Community Emergency Response Team (NCERT) and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management about how to be ready for when severe weather strikes.

“I think, not just in DuPage County, but people in general have a certain level of complacency always,” said James Joesph, Director of DuPage County’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “When things don’t happen close to home, [they think] not in my back yard. We all saw what happened to our neighbors down south of us right here in Illinois last November. It was not expected to have that severe weather in November, but it can happen any time.”

Joseph and his team educated residents and handing out tools like a checklist of emergency supplies. Reminding residents to also have weather plan for their four legged friends.

“[They need to know] all the essentials they would need for them and their families and their pets,” said Joseph. “It’s very important. People often forget about their pets. I have my dog a home and I love her. I need to know that she’s fed, and she has water, and she has all the essential supplies that she needs for several days incase we have an emergency.”

This is the fourth year of Tom Skilling’s Weather Day.

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