News Flash Home
The original item was published from 4/9/2020 4:24:33 PM to 5/12/2020 3:28:25 PM.

News Flash

Trending News

Posted on: March 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Severe Weather Preparedness: Connect With the Village for Emergency Information

Severe weather 2020 (JPG)

In efforts to help residents plan ahead for severe weather, Lombard is recognizing Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and reminding citizens to connect with the Village for information during emergency situations. 

Severe weather can happen anywhere, at any time, creating potentially life-threatening situations. During extreme weather emergencies, the Village of Lombard will communicate to citizens through the following resources:

Messages are not restricted to weather events and may contain potentially lifesaving information in the event of any emergency situation. Text messages and email alerts are especially useful for residents who are on the go, and not likely to be home to receive a phone call from emergency telephone systems. 

“We can’t control when severe weather impacts our community. The important thing is that we take the time to prepare ahead of time,” said Lombard Fire Chief Rick Sander. “In the event of an emergency, we will use the resources available, including our website and social media, to communicate important information. I encourage all residents to take a moment and connect with us.” www.illinois.gov/ready

Below is information from www.ready.gov on building an emergency kit. 

Build A Kit

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace expired items as needed
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Trending News

cold weather safety tips website

Limit Time Outdoors During Severe Cold

Posted on: January 31, 2023
Carbon Monoxide Alarm with teal background

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted on: January 25, 2023
smart phone in hand dialing 911

Sign Up for Smart 911

Posted on: January 23, 2023
purple background with white text about road closure

W. Wilson Ave Road Closure

Posted on: January 23, 2023
Flashing Crosswalk Sign and blue sky

Flashing Crosswalk Signs at Main St Down

Posted on: January 13, 2023
9M Routine - General  (395 x 305 px)

Prevent Thefts With the 9 p.m. Routine

Posted on: January 3, 2023
Cars parked in snow with text

Winter Parking Reminders

Posted on: December 12, 2022
Prevent freezing pipes (395 x 305 px)

Prevent Freezing Pipes

Posted on: December 20, 2022