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With three simple steps – (1)
Get a Kit; (2) Make a Plan; (3) Be Informed – Palos Parkers can
significantly reduce the impact of emergencies on themselves, their
families and their businesses.
According to a 2010 NYC Office of Emergency Management survey, 40
percent of New Yorkers said they did not feel prepared for an
emergency, such as a natural disaster, fire, power outage or act of
terrorism. Additionally, 41 percent said they did not have any form
of household emergency plan, and 68 percent did not have all of the
recommended emergency supplies.
Recent events such as the tragic
earthquake in Haiti, the Tennessee floods, and other natural
disasters highlight the need for an initiative to encourage citizens
to prepare for emergencies.
The Palos Park Police Department
preparedness campaign encourages all Palos Park residents to prepare
for emergencies - anything from fires, floods and building collapses
to more catastrophic incidents such as a hurricane or terrorist
The Palos Park Police Department wants residents to
get I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency)
Palos Park Police
Department Commissioner John Mahoney is asking Palos Park residents
with cell phones to participate in the I.C.E. program. Regrettably,
we live in a time when people should take precautions and have
readily available emergency information available to first
responders in case they become incapacitated or severely injured in
an accident or other catastrophic events.
The program is
simple, within your cell phone phonebook, place the number of a
family member or loved one you would like the first responders to
call in case you are injured. List it in your phone, under the
acronym I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) of those you would like
notified. This program could save valuable time!
information on the I.C.E. program, contact The Palos Park Police
Department at 708 671 3771.
Park Police Department Offers CodeRED Weather Warning to all village
Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk has announced that the CodeRED
Weather Warning service is now available to village residents. This
system will provide Severe Weather Warnings, Flash Flood Warnings and
Tornado Warnings as they are issued by the national Weather Service and
affect the immediate area.
Commissioner Polk urges all Palos Park residents to take time and
register directly with Emergency Communications Network in order to
receive the notifications.
The registration is available at
www.southwestcentral911.org once at the website, click on the
CodeRED link, which will take them to the registration page, which they
must complete to start the service.
CODE RED IS UP AND RUNNING!
The Code Red system
allows for specific targeted notifications
within the community or mass notifications
within the community. A notification message is
generated from the Palos Park Police Department
and then all phones within the affected area are
called with the notification information.
Some examples of way
the system can be used would be if a small child
was missing from a home or business in Palos
Park. After a description of the child was
obtained, a Palos Park Police officer would
record a message to be sent to all homes in the
area asking they keep an eye out for the
child. Another example would be A Crime
Pattern Alert, i.e... two male subjects in a
blue truck are going door to door posing as
village employees and seeking entry into senior
Code Red is overseen
by South West Central Dispatch, who will
maintain the system and often times will make
the notifications in emergency type situations.
For more information on the system, or if you
would like to include your cell phone in the
Palos Park Code Red system call Chief Joe Miller
at 7008 671 3770.
View CodeRED Info
PALOS PARK POLICE
OFFER FILE FOR LIFE PROGRAM
The Palos Park
Police Department is offering Palos Park residents the opportunity
to participate in the national “File For Life” program.
The “File For Life”
program is an offshoot of the Palos Park Police Department and Palos
Women’s Club “ senior identification bracelet” program. The “File
For Life” program is a simple program the respects the privacy of
the individual, but at the same time provides quick and easy access
to medical data for emergency personnel responding to a Palos Park
The “File For Life”
is a small red magnetic folder, clearly marked “File For Life”
containing a card with pertinent information related to medical
data, emergency contacts, medication, dosage and the frequency of
the dosage. The card also contains information on the person’s date
of birth, blood type, any existing living will and any “do not
resuscitate order” recent surgery, allergies and medical insurance.
Palos park police
commissioner John Mahoney said, “we urge all of our residents to
take advantage of this innovative program, it can save precious
seconds for emergency medical personnel who may be called to the
information on the “File For Life” program contact Chief Joe Miller
at the Palos Park Police Department 708-671- 3770.
Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
Floodwater can be dangerous. The power of
six inches of moving water can knock people off their feet. Below are
some tips to help you prepare for flooding in your area.
Ask your local emergency management or
local Red Cross about the flooding history of your property and your
community. Plan and practice an evacuation by contacting the local
emergency management or Red Cross for a community flood evacuation plan.
Know your needs and be prepared.
Stock up on supplies, such as:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cell phone with text message feature
or two-way pager and charger to use in your automobile.
- Portable TTY with extra batteries
- Batteries and back-up hearing
- Portable battery-operated television
with extra batteries and charger to use in your automobile.
- NOAA radios with text alerts and
visual and/or tactile alerts, or AM/FM portable radio if you can
hear it with a neck loop or headset
- Extra contact lenses or eyeglasses
- Paper and pens
- First aid kit
- Food and water (for up to 72 hours)
- Non-electric can opener
- Cash and credit cards
- Work or hiking shoes/boots to
protect your feet when walking thru disaster areas develop an
emergency communication plan.
- In case household members are
separated from one another during a flood, have a back-up plan where
you can meet each other. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to
be a contact person. After the disaster, contact that person by
pager or TTY. If you don’t have a pager or a working TTY, ask a
hearing person with a cell phone to call for you. Be sure each
household member knows the name, address, and phone number of the
Be alert for these watches and
- Flood Watch: Flooding is possible.
Watch television or check your pager for warnings.
- Flash Flood Watch: A flash flood is
possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground, and watch television
or check your pager.
- Flood Warning: Flooding is happening
or will happen soon. If told to leave, leave right away.
- Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood
is happening. Move to higher ground above flood level immediately.
- Make sure that all household members
are prepared for a flood.
- Teach all household members how and
when to turn off gas, electricity and water.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1,
the police or the fire department, and which television channel to
watch for emergency information.
During the flood:
If at Home:
- Check your pager or turn on the
television to get the latest emergency information.
- Get your emergency supplies.
- If you have been ordered to
evacuate, leave immediately.
- Climb to the highest ground and stay
- Avoid walking through any
floodwater. When the water is moving, even if it is only six inches
high, it can carry
you off your feet.
If in a Car:
- If you drive to a flooded area, turn
back and go in a different direction.
- If your car stalls, leave the car
and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have happened from people
trying to move a car in a flooded area. Your life is more important
than a car.
If told to leave, please leave
- Evacuation is easier and safer
before floodwaters become too deep and you are unable to drive
- Check your pager for evacuation
- Follow the evacuation instructions
and do not take shortcuts or drive around “Road Closed” signs.
- Leave early to avoid floods in your
Inspecting a damaged home:
Wear strong shoes and use a flashlight or
battery-powered lantern when examining the building. Search walls,
floors, doors and windows to make sure that the building will not
collapse. Watch out for animals, especially snakes, that may have come
into your home with the floodwater.
Use a stick to check through the debris.
Look for loose plaster or ceiling that could fall on you. Take pictures
of the house’s interior and exterior for insurance records. Look for
broken or leaking gas lines. Watch out for flooded electric circuits and
appliances that may cause a fire. Throw away food, including canned
food, which may have absorbed the floodwater.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly
person-to-person through coughing or
sneezing of infected people. Take
everyday actions to stay healthy.
Cover your nose and mouth
with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Throw the tissue in the trash after you
Wash your hands often
with soap and water, especially after
you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands
cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes,
nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Stay home if you get
sick. CDC recommends that you stay home
from work or school and limit contact
with others to keep from infecting them.
Follow public health
advice regarding school closures,
avoiding crowds and other social
Develop a family
emergency plan as a precaution. This
should include storing a supply of food,
medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand
rubs and other essential supplies.
Symptoms of swine flu are
similar to regular human flu and include:
For people who have flu-like
symptoms and have traveled to areas where
swine flu has been confirmed, they should
seek medical attention. However, if a person
has flu-like symptoms but has not traveled
to areas where swine flu has been confirmed,
they should stay home and contact a doctor
to see if they should go in for testing.
Tornado sirens are a valuable tool that public safety personnel can use
to warn people about dangerous weather conditions. When residents are
outdoors, the sirens are a excellent warning for those who may not be
near a radio or television.
it is also important to remember that there are scenarios in which
tornado sirens are not sufficient to warn everyone who will be affected
by the dangerous weather. The tornado sirens, in many cases, are not
loud enough for the people to hear when indoors, in there cars or
listening to the radio.
The good news is that there are
alternatives. The National Weather Service’s web site (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/)
is regularly updated with any dangerous weather warnings. Another
alternative is the CodeRED Weather Warning Service. This is a free
service that will notify you by phone if any dangerous weather warnings
are in effect for your area. To register for this service simply visit