RED BUD, Ill. – State Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, is reminding Southern Illinoisans of the importance of winter preparedness and is encouraging homeowners and drivers to take time to prepare for potential weather hazards in the upcoming winter months.

“We have been blessed with fairly mild weather so far this year, but it always best to be prepared as weather and road conditions can change quickly,” said Reitz. “Taking time now to prepare yourself, your home and your vehicle for winter weather conditions can help prevent a dangerous situation in the future.”

Winter storms and cold temperatures are two common hazards during the winter. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are numerous ways to plan in advance to be prepared for these dangerous weather conditions. Home winterization, which includes installing storm windows and insulation, and car preparations, such as checking tire tread and antifreeze levels, are suggested practices to get ready for harsh weather. The CDC also recommends creating a winter emergency kit while traveling, which includes blankets, food and water, maps and a flashlight. For more winter weather tips, Reitz encourages residents to visit

“As state Representative, public safety is one of my top priorities, and that includes helping prepare and protect Southern Illinois families during the harsh cold months,” said Reitz. “I highly encourage local residents to take a few easy steps to help prepare themselves and their families for winter weather, and take extra precautions to have a warm and safe winter.”

For more information, contact Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office at 618-282-7284 or

Rep. Nathan ReitzRep. Nathan Reitz

116th District

Springfield Office:
200-7S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1018

District Office:
124 Locust Street
Red Bud, IL  62278
(618) 282-7284
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