Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

You can receive important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are – at home, at school, or at work. Public safety officials use reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Many communities also offer emergency alert notifications through their own systems.…

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2013 National Preparedness Report Released

Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness requires an annual National Preparedness Report (NPR) that summarizes national progress in building, sustaining and delivering the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal released in September 2011.  The newly released 2013 NPR reviews the past year and shares the progress that…

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Volunteer with a Purpose

When disaster strikes, individuals are ready to volunteer for the cause. Volunteerism is an opportunity to give back and help a community in need.  FEMA works with various partners that lead with volunteering on the disaster scene, partners such as  American Red Cross, HandsOn Network and National Voluntary Organizations Active…

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“It Can Happen To You” – Evonne Richards

“I Just Never Thought it Would Hit Us”: Tornado Survivor Evonne Richards on How Being Prepared Saved Her Family, Helped Her Community While 60 percent of Americans say preparation for natural or man-made disasters is very important to them, only a staggering 17 percent of Americans claim to be very…

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Helping Children Cope with Disasters

Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, or has seen the event on television or has heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and teachers to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to…

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Cleaning Up and Returning Home After a Disaster

After a disaster strikes, use extreme caution when returning home. You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. Before entering your home, be sure to take the following measures: Check for loose…

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How to Locate Loved Ones during an Emergency

After a disaster, phone lines may get congested. To get in contact with friends and family, use text messaging services and update social media networks. You can also let your family and friends know you are safe and well after an emergency via https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. This website is designed to help…

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PREPARING BEFORE FOR A TORNADO

Every state is at some risk of tornadoes and the damage that they leave behind. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. To begin preparing for any disaster, you should build…

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Lincoln Park Fire Chief Paul Murray Retires

Paul Murray joined the Lincoln Park Fire Department in 1982.  Over the course of a 30-year career with the department, Murray rose through the fire ranks, in March of 2011 named Interim Fire Chief, and later in 2011 was appointed as Fire Chief.  During his tenure as Chief, Murray was…

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