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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Severe Heat Warning & Resources

Heat Illness Signs

The National Weather Service is predicting severe weather, including both a dangerous heat wave as well as severe winds. Please take steps to prepare yourself so that you know what to do to stay safe.

  • Take Shelter: If/when severe weather/wind hits, immediately take shelter inside in lowest interior room away from windows. If you are outside, move to your car (which is preferable to a park shelter or other exposed area). 
  • Cooling Centers: Prepare ahead for oppressive heat with high humidity. Hawthorn Mall will be open as a cooling center. Lake County has also designated additional Cooling Centers
  • Call for Help: If you are having difficulty, additional resources are available at 211 Lake County, or by dialing 211. If you are experiencing an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.
  • Hot Car Danger: On hot (and even on "regular" summer days), cars can become a death trap as the heat quickly rises well above the outside temperature. Take extra care to not leave children or pets in a parked car, even for a couple of minutes. Check the Countryside Fire safety reminder for more information.
  • ComEd: Severe weather, including oppressive heat, often results in power outages or brown outs. Local electric service provider ComEd reminds people to stay away from downed lines and immediately call 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661) to report downed wires or an outage. You may also text OUT to 2-6-6-3-3 or visit ComEd.com.
  • Weather Alerts: The National Weather Service (www.weather.gov) offers forecasts and up-to-the minute alerts. Most of our local media outlets offer weather apps with emergency updates and weather trackers. Consider loading these on your cell phones so that you can be ready.
  • Sirens: Outdoor sirens will provide alerts to take shelter. A sustained single tone indicates you should immediately move to shelter. Read more info about the Weather Alert Sirens.
  • Blackboard Connect Reverse 911 offers emergency information specific to our community, including emergency road closures, downed power lines, etc. You must sign up to receive these messages either by phone call, text or email.
  • Ready.gov offers suggestions to prepare for a variety of emergency situations, including having alternative power sources ready for things like light and cell phones.

Heat Illness Signs



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